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Calling all primary/elementary school teachers!

The English Idioms Daily Blog is pleased to announce the second annual Kids’ English Idiom Art Contest!

2012 marked the beginning of a new and exciting contest for primary/elementary school children - the Kids' English Idiom Art Contest!
A great opportunity to introduce children to the creative possibilities of both language and art, the
Kids' English Idiom Art Contest requires children to depict English idioms, e.g. It's raining cats and dogs or cool as a cucumber, in works of art. Open to children all around the world, this international contest has drawn a great response and many very beautiful works of art by talented young artists. As a result, this contest is now an annual one. The English Idioms Daily Blog invites primary/elementary school classes, art schools, ESL classes and homeschooling groups around the world to have fun and compete for prizes in the Kids' English Idiom Art Contest 2013.

Information on the
2013 contest rules can be found here.







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How to Inspire Students to Love Language and the Arts

Art instructor Antje Naumann does not just know a lot about paints, palettes, brushes and canvas. A talented and clever teacher, she also knows a bit about how to kill two birds with one stone. The former student and longtime dedicated art instructor of the Wiesbadener Freie Kunstschule, an art school in Wiesbaden, Germany, sought to combine the joy of what she loves the most, painting, with the love of the English language. Having heard about the Kids’ English Idiom Art Contest 2012 and always looking for ways to inspire her young students, the artist from Saxony-Anhalt asked members of her weekly children’s art club to pick up their paintbrushes and depict English idioms, proverbs and sayings, both real as well completely made-up or imaginary. With this assignment, the students could learn basic art concepts as well as what an English idiom is in an entertaining, educational and inspirational way. The results were: lots of fun, lots of learning and lots of nice paintings.


Such is Life
Such is Life
Alma, age 8


Apple of My Eye
The Apple of My Eye / It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Evelyn, age 9



True Friends are Like Diamonds
True Friends are Like Diamonds
Mona, age 9

Give Peace a Chance
Give Peace a Chance
Alma, age 8

Precious but rare
Precious but Rare
Manal, age 9

Antje Naumann, whose motto is art is fun and the best game to play, no matter how old you are instructs art courses for inspiring artists of all ages in Leipzig and Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as through distance education courses offered worldwide. She can be contacted through the Wiesbadener Freie Kunstschule.

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Kids' English Idiom Art Contest 2012

Kids English Idiom Art Contest


Attention Teachers and Students:

Are you looking to bring English idioms to life in your classroom? November 23rd, 2012 is the deadline for the first annual English Idioms Blog’s Kids’ English Idiom Art Contest. Why not motivate your students and potentially win prizes for your class?

Simply send in your students’ best English idiom illustrations. These idioms can be real ones or fictitious ones. The best illustration will win a US $150.00 Amazon gift certificate for your class, with second and third place winning Amazon gift certificates in the amounts of US $100.00 and US $50.00, respectively, to spend as your class sees fit! To top it off, the top ten illustrations will be published here on this blog. Here are the rules:

  • This contest is open to classes of school children aged 8 - 12 at the time of entry who have obtained parental consent to participate. Teachers must confirm that this parental consent has been obtained.
  • The contest participants are participating on behalf of their classes. Hence, a win for one is a win for all!
  • Illustrations should not be bigger than an A4 piece of paper, which is 21 cm x 29.7 cm or 8.5 x 11 inches and should be labelled with the English idiom they illustrate as well as the first name and age of the artist on the back side.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by the school name, teacher’s name, school address and a contact e-mail address of the participating class.
  • All submissions must be received via post at the following address by midnight November 23rd, 2012: ProLexika e.K. / Kids’ English Idiom Art Contest, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 27, 04416 Markkleeberg, Germany.
  • E-mail entries, unfortunately, cannot be accepted.
  • Prizes will ONLY be paid in the form of Amazon gift certificates from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk or the Amazon site in your country. The use of these gift certificates is at the sole discretion, responsibility and liability of the winning classes and their supervisors.
  • The illustrations will be judged on the basis of creativity, use of color and, of course, the work’s ability to illustrate the given English idiom. The winners will be announced on December 5th, 2012.
  • No purchase is required.
  • Illustrations will not be returned and become the property of ProLexika e.K and its blog.
  • Submission of entries indicates that you are in complete agreement with these contest rules.

Any further questions? Send an e-mail to info@prolexika.com. To see some great examples of what you can do when you combine
idioms and art, click here.

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Idiom Quiz: Animals
A Short Story with Idioms - for Kids
Ideas for Teachers: Creative Writing Exercises with English Idioms


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