Figurative Language Free Resources

Figuarative language uses an ordinary sentence to refer to something without directly stating it. Words and ideas are used to create mental images and suggest meaning.

At West London Tutoring we use a number of different ways to teach children how to recognise and use figurative language in KS2 English. We use definitions and examples of simile, hyperbole, alliteration, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia and openers.

Here we will share with you some free resources to help your child undertand better. 


You might like “SHAMPOO” it’s a great way to warm up a creative writing lesson? It stands for:

(S) Simile

(H) Hyperbole

(A) Alliteration

(M) Metaphor

(P) Personification

(O) Onomatopoeia

(O) Opener 

Use an exciting opener AND figurative language in your sentence.

You then need to pick a subject e.g. “The Ocean” or “The Door” and then practise writing about this subject using all the techniques in SHAMPOO. Children often dislike writing a story but are usually amenable to writing sentences. I have given an example of how it might work.

Once you have mastered “SHAMPOO” have a look at “SOAP” – it’s a little more tricky?

Hover over the right corner of the PDF. “Click” to pop it out in a new window from where you can download it, and get to work!