Old Proverbs – New Minds

A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb.

Their insight may surprise you.


Better to be safe than………………..Punch a 5th grader

Strike while the …………………….Bug is close

It’s always darkest before…………… Daylight Savings Time

Never underestimate the power of……….Termites

You can lead a horse to water but………how?

Don’t bite the hand that………………looks dirty

No news is…………………………..impossible

A miss is as good as a…………………Mr.

You can’t teach an old dog new………….math

If you lie down with dogs, you’ll……….stink in the morning

Love all, trust……………………….me

The pen is mightier than the……………pigs

An idle mind is……………………….The best way to relax

Where there’s smoke there’s…………….pollution

Happy the bride who……………………gets all the presents

A penny saved is………………………not much

Two’s company, three’s…………………the Musketeers

Don’t put off till tomorrow what………..you put on to go to bed

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and…….you have to blow your nose.

None are so blind as………………….Stevie Wonder

Children should be seen and not………..spanked or grounded

If at first you don’t succeed………….get new batteries

You get out of something what you………see pictured on the box

When the blind leadeth the blind……….get out of the way

And the favorite…

Better late than…………………….pregnant