Idiom of the Week: “icing on the cake”

by Laurie Laurendeau on January 18, 2012

Idioms of the Week

Idioms are short phrases or expressions that we use in the English language to express a thought in a more interesting manner.  Examples of idioms might include “in a pickle”, or “it’s raining cats and dogs”.  Children who struggle with reading comprehension often read quite literally what is on the page, and then the true meaning of the sentence can be lost.  Teaching your child a new idiom each week will help improve his/her ability to “read between the lines” in both oral speech and in written texts.  Have fun trying to use the idiom each week in everyday life!

IDIOM:  “icing on the cake”

DEFINITION: something good that is added to another good thing

EXAMPLES:  1. Our team won the game, but the icing on the cake was that we all got trophies!

2. I had so much fun at my birthday party, but the icing on the cake was the remote control car I got from my best friend.

ACTIVITY: Draw a picture of the literal meaning of this idiom (icing on a cake), as well as an example of a situation where you would use the idiom (ex: the trophy at the game).

Try using the idiom as often as you can this week with your family!

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