Silly similes


This session involves playing a simple and funny dice-rolling game to make similes. It is designed to be straightforward and accessible for all learners, building their confidence to use similes in their writing. You can use it as a standalone session or as an introduction to similes. You can adapt the options to make it specific to a topic or task you may want your children to write similes for.



When children learn to use similes effectively it can help improve their descriptive writing. Similes can be used to add interest, drama, or comedy, as well as put across what is in the writer’s imagination. Play this dice game to build basic similes and have some fun with them.

In this game children will write similes to describe a person or pet by comparing them to an object.
Similes can describe lots of different things and can be structured in different ways. For the purposes of this game we will be structuring them in the format of:
(The subject) is as (adjective) as a (adjective and noun)
For example: The lady is as strong as a big ox.

However, this game is called silly similes and so our descriptions will be silly nonsense created through random dice rolls!


What you need

  • A die
  • Instructions and the list of options below
  • (Optional) pen and paper for children to write down their sentence(s).


What to do

  • Step 1: Look through the How to play the silly similes game section below with your children so they can understand how it works.
  • Step 2: Children then play the game by rolling a die to decide the options that will build their simile.
  • Step 3: After completing a set number of similes (or reached the end of the allotted time), try one or more of the follow up activities suggested below.


Step 1: How to play the silly similes game

1. Think of a person or pet you would like to create a silly simile to describe. Write down their name or title.

For example: My dog / my mum / Bob / The Queen

2. After their name write: is as
For example: The Queen is as

3. Roll a die and find the adjective that corresponds with the number you rolled from the first list below.
For example, if you roll a 1 the word would be beautiful.

4. Write this word in your sentence followed by as a.
For example: The Queen is as beautiful as a

5. Roll the die again and find the next describing word that corresponds with your number. If you rolled a 5 the word would be multi-coloured.
Your sentence would now be: The Queen is as beautiful as a multi-coloured

6. Roll the dice a final time and write down the noun that corresponds with the number.
If you roll a 4, your finished simile would be: The Queen is as beautiful as a multi-coloured sandwich.


Step 2: Play the game

Silly similes dice roll options

(Person/pet name) is as…. 

(Roll the die)
1 = Beautiful
2 = Silly
3 = Strong
4 = Useful
5 = Dangerous
6 = Posh

as a… 

(Roll the die)
1 = Wrinkly
2 = Flying
3 = Exploding
4 = Stinky
5 = Multi-coloured
6 = Fluffy

(Roll the die)
1 = Big toe
2 = Toad
3 = Goat
4 = Sandwich
5 = Bellybutton
6 = Beard



Step 3: Activities based on the silly similes

  • Children draw some fun art based on their favourite combination
  • Children replace some of the words on the options sheet to create their own versions (this could be random or linked to a particular topic).
  • If they have made a few similes for different people or pets, they can put them together as a nonsense poem or story. Show them the example below to see how it works.



Here is an example of putting a few similes together to make a silly verse:


My Fantastic Family

My mum is as silly as a fluffy big toe,

My nan is as posh as a multi-coloured toad,

My dad is as beautiful as a wrinkly goat,

My sister is as silly as a flying beard,

And I am as dangerous as an exploding bellybutton!



To learn more about writing similes and using them in your creative writing, check out the Similes and Metaphors module in the Adventures in Description course