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12 Popular Clichés … According to Kids

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“See? It’s a piece of cake!” I said to my 7-year-old son as he finished up his multiplication homework.

“What cake?” he asked.

“What?”

“You said there was cake.”

“No, I said it was piece of cake. As in, it’s easy.”

“A piece of cake is easy? I don’t get it,” he said.

Why would he get it? Cake doesn’t have anything to do with something being easy, yet we’ve come to accept and integrate these random idioms into our lexicon, often to the confusion of our kids.

To see just how many popular clichés our kids were familiar with, I gathered a sampling of children ages 3-12 to find out.

Let’s see how they did!

1. All’s fair in love and ______

tears. — Fern, age 3

weddings. — C., age 4

kissing. — Katie, age 5

I don’t get it. — Avery, age 5

sorrow. — Hayley, age 7

care. — BooBoo, age 7

beauty. — Cole, age 7

not love. — Nolie, age 8

money. —  E., age 10

war. —Boy Wonder, age 12

2. Curiosity killed the ________

hat. — Fern, age 3

robbers. — C., age 4

bad guy. — Katie, age 5

monster. — Avery, age 5

death. — Hayley, age 7

person that wants to know something. — BooBoo, age 7

zombies. — Cole, age 8

? — Nolie, age 8

sheep. — E., age 10

cat. — Boy Wonder, age 12

3. Beauty is only _________

a princess. — Fern, age 3

pink. — C., age 4

when you sit still so Mom can do your hair good. — Katie, age 5

perfume. — Avery, age 5

love. — Hayley, age 7

beauty. — BooBoo, age 7

beast. — Cole, age 7

love. — Nolie, age 8

fun when you have it. — E., age 10

in the eyes of the beholder. — Boy Wonder, age 12

4. An apple a day _________

for preschool. — Fern, age 3

in your lunch. —  C., age 4

is good with peanut butter. —Katie, age 5

does nothing. — Avery, age 5

a peach at night. — Hayley, age 7

keeps the doctor away. — BooBoo, age 7

seven apples a week. — Cole, age 7

a seed a night. — Nolie, age 8

keeps you wanting dessert. — E., age 10

keeps the doctor away. — Boy Wonder, age 12

5. Always look on the ____________

teddy bear. — Fern, age 3

TV. — C., age 4

stairs. — Katie, age 5

out the door. — Avery, age 5

bright side. — Hayley, age 7

right side of the street because there might be a car. — BooBoo, age 7

bright side. — Cole, age 7

bright side. — Nolie, age 8

bright side. — E., age 10

ground. — Boy Wonder, age 12

6. A penny saved is __________

monies. — Fern, age 3

not a dollar. — C., age 4

good. You can save a lot of pennies and then buy something. — Katie, age 5

good luck. — Avery, age 5

worth life money. — Hayley, age 7

one cent. — BooBoo, age 7

1,000 pennies. — Cole, age 7

a penny earned. — Nolie, age 8

a penny earned. — E., age 10

worthless. — Boy Wonder, age 12

7. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t ___________.

fly. — Fern, age 3

chase him. — C., age 4

kick him. — Katie, age 5

make it eat carrots. — Avery, age 5

take a chicken on a walk. — Hayley, age 7

make it go in the water. — BooBoo, age 7

lead one to swamp. — Cole, age 7

give it hay. — Nolie, age 8

make it drink. — E., age 10

make it drink. — Boy Wonder, age 12

8. Good things come to those who _________

race. — Fern, age 3

win. — C., age 4

be quiet when the teacher says so. — Katie, age 5

who do good things. — Avery, age 5

believe in God. — Hayley, age 7

tell the truth. — BooBoo, age 7

blog. — Cole, age 7

are kind. — Nolie, age 8

serve. — E., age 10

do good. — Boy Wonder, age 12

9. No use crying over ________

not going to the park. — Fern, age 3

dinner. — C., age 4

wearing a jacket. — Katie, age 5

a joke. — Avery, age 5

when it’s nothing. — Hayley, age 7

something that’s not worth crying over. — BooBoo, age 7

a stuffed animal. — Cole, age 7

anything. — Nolie, age 8

being happy. — E., age 10

nothing. — Boy Wonder, age 12

10. When the going gets tough, _______________

use a napkin. — Fern, age 3

call Daddy. — C., age 4

go home. — Katie, age 5

stop trying. — Avery, age 5

be tougher. — Hayley, age 7

it gets a little rough. — BooBoo, age 7

everyone gets hurt. — Cole, age 7

the leaving gets harder. — Nolie, age 8

put your big boy pants on! — E., age 10

pull through. — Boy Wonder, age 12

11. You can’t teach an old dog _____________

to race. An old dog is slow. — Fern, age 3

to drive. — C., age 4

to be a puppy. — Katie, age 5

how to juggle. — Avery, age 5

to flip over. — Hayley, age 7

tricks. — BooBoo, age 7

how to walk. — Cole, age 7

to sit. — Nolie, age 8

how to bark. — E., age 10

new tricks. — Boy Wonder, age 12

12. The early bird __________

got some juice and poured it for his mama. — Fern, age 3

is early. — C., age 4

makes chirping noises to wake up the other birds. — Katie, age 5

finds food. — Avery, age 5

gets the worm. — Hayley, age 7

lays the first egg. — BooBoo, age 7

gets the worm. — Cole, age 7

gets the worm. — Nolie, age 8

catches the worm! — E., age 10

gets the worm. — Boy Wonder, age 12

Now it’s your turn! Gather up your kids to test their cliché knowledge and share their adorable answers in the comments below.

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