A handout that gets students to think in abstracts, and out-of-the-box. Students need to look at various images/pictures and decide what each object could symbolize. For example, a light bulb could symbolize an 'idea', a teardrop could symbolize 'sadness', etc.
The second part of the activity involves attributing symbols to colors. For example, red equals 'danger', blue equals 'water', etc. Again, students are encouraged to think as deeply and as abstractedly as possible.
This is a great 20-30 minute activity to include in a figurative language and symbolism unit!