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10 Spring and Easter Idioms to Teach Your ESL Students

As the weather warms up and flowers begin to bloom, springtime is a season of renewal and new beginnings. Easter, with its emphasis on rebirth and resurrection, is also associated with this time of year. No wonder there are many idioms associated with this season.

Teach your students these 12 idioms about spring and Easter to expand their English skills!

1) Easter egg

An Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in a piece of media, such as a video game or movie. This idiom comes from the tradition of hiding Easter eggs for children to find during Easter egg hunts.

Example: Did you see the Easter egg in that movie? 

2) To put all your eggs in one basket

This idiom means to put all your time and effort into one thing, so if that fails, there are no alternatives left. The idiom is often used to caution against being overly dependent or reliant on a single thing, and instead encourages diversification.

Example: I’m applying to many different jobs so that I don’t put all my eggs in one basket.

3) A spring in your step

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This phrase means that you are feeling energetic, often due to excitement or happiness. It’s a great way to describe how people feel during the springtime, as the warmer weather and longer days can bring about a sense of joy.

Example: There’s definitely been a spring in her step since she met her boyfriend!

4) Happy bunny

This is used to describe someone who is very happy, such as in the case when they receive good news, achieve a goal, or are simply in a good mood. The phrase can be used humorously or sarcastically, as if to suggest that someone is easily pleased or overly enthusiastic about something. 

Example: Congratulations on the acceptance letter! You must be a happy bunny.

5) Bloom where you are planted

This idiom encourages people to make the best of their current situation, no matter where they are. It’s a great reminder to be grateful for the little things in everyday life. Even if things aren’t perfect, we can still grow and flourish.

Example: He was satisfied with his situation. He bloomed where he was planted.

6) April showers bring May flowers

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This idiom refers to the fact that rain during April helps to nourish the soil, which in turn leads to beautiful flowers blooming in May. It’s a way of saying that sometimes difficult or unpleasant things can lead to positive outcomes.

Example: Don’t fret about your current situation. April showers bring May flowers.

7) Spring cleaning

This idiom refers to the tradition of thoroughly cleaning one’s home during the springtime. It’s a way of starting fresh and getting rid of old clutter.

Example: The house is way too messy. We need to do a spring cleaning!

8) Spring into action

Being quick and energetic to do something. It often implies a sense of urgency, as if someone is responding to an unexpected or pressing situation. 

Example: The firefighters sprang into action when they heard the alarm.

9) Busy bee

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This idiom describes someone who is very busy, hardworking, and productive. The idiom comes from the behavior of bees, which are known for working tirelessly to collect pollen and nectar for their hive. 

Example: She is such a busy bee, always on the go!

10) A good egg

This is a form of endearment that is used to describe someone who is kind, honest, and dependable. The phrase originates from the idea that a good egg is one that is fresh, wholesome, and not spoiled. 

Example: Your son’s a good egg. He was very helpful in class today.

We hope you enjoyed this article and can share these idioms with your ESL students! What other idioms about Spring and Easter do you know? Share them in the comments below!

Ellier Leng
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