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Having Fun with Snakes & Lizards

Here are some additional ideas and resources to spark more curiosity about reptiles:

Teach Your Child Some Idioms (Funny Sayings) about Reptiles

What is an idiom?  Idioms are phrases that mean something besides what the words actually say. It can make for some great fun and giggles to teach your child some of these funny sayings and to discuss their meanings!

Try telling them the phrase and asking them what they think it means! Then, have fun helping them use the phrase as an idiom! It’s also a great opportunity to talk about nuances: when a saying is “mean” and when it is “funny,” how important tone of voice, the heart or intention behind words are, and not using words to tear others down but bringing humor into a situation.

Isn’t it amazing how many sayings we have that use reptiles as the subject?! Reptiles sometimes get a bad rap!

“See you later, alligator! After a while, crocodile!” – A lighthearted way to say good bye to a friend!

“Crocodile tears” – To pretend cry. Based on the old idea that alligators shed tears when they were trying to lure their prey.

“If it was a snake it would have bitten you.” – Something said when the thing a person was looking for was right in front of them, but they didn’t see it.

“Snake eyes” – What you call it when you roll two dice and get two “1s” at the same time

“As old as a dinosaur.” – Well, dinosaurs are pretty ancient, and they are reptiles!

“The Tortoise and the Hare” – From an old fable story, it means when someone has demonstrated steady perseverance toward a goal, they are like the Tortoise in the story. The Tortoise won a race against the Hare who was lazy and tried to cheat, even though he was more likely to beat the Tortoise because rabbits can run faster.

Turn turtle – Turn upside down, from the notion of a turtle being overturned, unable to right itself.