Fire hǔo 火 depicts flames.
Water shǔi 水 depicts three streams.
Sun rì, 日 depicts a sun, originally drawn as a circle which evolved into a square.
Moon yuè, 月 depicts a half moon.
Mountain shān 山 depicts three mountain peaks.
Wood mù 木 depicts wood or a tree.
People rén 人 depicts the profile of a man walking.
Birth/grow shēng 生 depicts a new shoot symbolising life, birth and growth.
Big dà 大 depicts a man with his arms in the air expressing the idea of something big.
Sky tiān 天 depicts a man with his arms in the air, 大, with a line drawn above to symbolise the sky and heaven.
Home jiā 家 is made from the character for pig 猪 with a roof drawn above it as pigs were kept in a home.
Walk/go/travel xíng 行 depicts a crossroads which has evloved in meaning to become 'walk, travel, move or go'.
Bird niǎo 鸟 depicts a bird.
Horse Mǎ 马 depicts a horse.
Fish yú 鱼 depicts a fish.
Cow Niú 牛 depicts an ox or a cow.
Sheep yáng 羊 depicts a sheep.
Chicken jī 鸡 depicts a chicken.
Door/gate mén 门 depicts a door or gate.
Room jiàn 间 is the sun 日 inside a door 门 to symbolise room.
Practice xí 习 depicts a bird flying above the sun to symbolise pracitce.
Good hǎo 好 is made of woman 女 and child 子, a symbol of something good.
Body/life shēn 身 depicts a pregnant woman leaning against a man as a symbol of life.
Tall/high gāo 高 depicts a tall pagoda to mean high.