Proverbs - Sayings

17 short sayings with pictograms to challenge children's memory


On this occasion we suggest you play short sayings with pictograms with children, Do you accept the challenge? Here are some well-known popular proverbs in which we have replaced some of their words with small illustrations. Will your kids be able to decipher all the riddles? It is a great exercise to stimulate children's logic, but also to put their memory and knowledge of popular culture to work.

We start the challenge! Here we propose 17 short sayings with pictograms that children have to figure out. Although there are simpler popular sayings and others more complicated, all of them belong to the popular proverb that has passed from generation to generation; from grandparents to grandchildren.

In case you doubt about the meaning of any of the sayings, then we explain each string one by one.

How was the challenge? How many sayings have your children been able to decipher? They sure have surprised you with their answers! We are going to review the proverbs, one by one, so that there is no doubt about the meaning of each one of them.

1. Loose lips sink ships
Sometimes it is better to shut your mouth and not say anything stupid ... than to talk and be wrong!

2. Who have a friend, have a treasure
This is a set phrase that we often repeat when we realize how lucky we are to have such good friends. Without a doubt, this is a good saying to transmit to our children the value of friendship.

3. On a gift horse, don't look at his tooth
If they give you something, do not try to find all the errors or failures. It is simply a gift! And you have to enjoy it as such! It is a proverb to teach children to keep the good things in things and to feel grateful for the gifts they receive.

4. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
It is better to make sure that we have something, even a little or less, than to try to achieve something better and, as a consequence, be left with nothing. This saying is very well exemplified in the famous fable of The Milkmaid.

5. To bread, bread and to wine, wine
This saying means something like: 'things are as they are'. It can also be used to talk about honesty or sincerity with your children.

6. Although the monkey dresses in silk, the monkey stays
As much as we try to change our external appearance, we are still exactly the same. And if we stop to think about it, that's great - because each of us is unique and cool! A saying that, if we turn its meaning around, can be very surprising and motivating.

7. The devil knows more for old than for devil
Why are grandparents and grandmothers so wise? Because they have lived long! And, as this proverb explains, experience and years provide a lot of knowledge.

8. When the cat leaves, the mice have a party
Sometimes when those in charge turn around or leave ... we relax! And we throw a great party, like the one with these little mice.

9. Out of sight, out of mind
It is often better not to see reality in order not to suffer with it. It is an interesting saying from which you can debate with your children about what they prefer: Knowing everything, even if this leads them to have a bad time or ignore certain things that would make them suffer? Your children's responses will surprise you.

10. Throw the stone and hide the hand
First you do something (which is usually bad) and then you hide to avoid taking the consequences. Reflect with the children on whether this is the most desirable attitude.

11. Big fish eat little fish
It is the law of life: a big fish has to eat a small one. This is a saying that teaches us that things happen as they are expected to happen. But it also talks about the abuse of authority or power by the greatest. Let's reflect: do we want our relationship with our children to be based on this saying?

12. Love with love heals
There is no better cure than love. That is why we have to fill our home with sweetness and affection!

13. With you, bread and onion
This is a very funny saying that will make children laugh. It means that when we love a person very much, we are willing to do anything for him.

14. From the fallen tree everyone makes firewood
This string offers an interesting reflection that can help our children a lot if they are old enough to understand it. Explain that when something goes wrong, everyone will try to take advantage of the situation to their advantage. Very true, right?

15. Shoemaker to his shoes
Every man for himself. Surely they once told you this saying when you were meddling in matters that were not your competence.

16. To another dog with that bone
This proverb is often used when someone tries to lie or deceive you, but you do not believe their tricks.

17. Each coin has two sides
Every story has two versions, according to the eyes that look at it (or the mouth that tells it).

Playing saying sayings or incorporating them into our daily language is fun, but also stimulating. And it is that it allows us to connect with the popular wisdom that our grandparents transmitted to us. Children can learn a lot from proverbs. Let's see!

- Children learn about popular culture
We are so focused on children learning to add, the name of each of the parts of the plants or the verb conjugations, that we forget to offer them more basic and popular knowledge. The sayings speak about these everyday knowledge that, in some cases, is even being lost by the passage of time.

- They learn universal values
Sayings also convey teachings and morals related to behavioral values: generosity, humility, honesty ...

- They stimulate the logic, memory, vocabulary and creativity of children
By learning proverbs and using them correctly in their speeches, children also work on their oral and written expression.

- Show children the richness of the Spanish language
Our children grow up learning one language (or two or three, depending on the circumstances of the family). However, it is not until we involve them in the knowledge of their vocabulary, idiomatic expressions or sayings that they realize the richness and breadth of their language. This is something on which the report 'Reflections on the elaboration of a multilingual proverb' reflects on Julia Sevilla, a professor at the Complutense University of Madrid for the Instituto Cervantes.

What is your favorite saying?

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