Funny Tongue Twisters for Kids
In order to appreciate the English language and get the most out of it, clear pronunciation is essential.
The way we articulate sounds and form the words speaks volumes about who we are. Yes, you can say that pronunciation is difficult.
But it doesn’t have to – I think it should be fun. Learning, no matter whether you’re learning to read or trying to get your head around trigonometry, must include an element of fun. When you’re enjoying yourself, you memorize things easier.
Can there be a funnier effort at pronunciation than trying a few good old tongue twisters? Your mouth needs a good workout; and by trying these tongue twisters you’ll get plenty – both from laughing and from saying the words correctly. It’s great fun!
If you insist on a scientific approach, I’ll tell you a little bit about tongue twisters. What they do is help building up weak and unused muscles in your mouth and sets a good foundation for a habit of articulating sounds the right way.
This is again something that children and their parents can try together. I bet you both will find them challenging.
Although they sound better when said quickly, start saying the tongue twisters slowly and as your confidence builds up, start saying them faster.
Share them with your friends – apart from the amusement value, they’re really good for your tongue.
Tongue Twisters to Improve Consonants
Consonants in the English language are: B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W, X, Y, Z. In some cases W and Y can pretend to be vowels.
What we sometimes suffer from is lazy lips – you know when you have to say those B, P, T, D letters, you sometimes make such a small difference
among them that other people cannot really make out which letter you’ve said. Trying the following tongue twisters regularly, you’ll soon
find that you’re getting better and better.
A big black bug bit a big black bear,
A big black bear bit a big black bug.
A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuit.
A bloke’s back bike brake block broke.
Bill had a billboard and also a board bill.
But the board bill bored Bill so
That he sold the billboard to pay the board bill.
The boot black bought the black boot back.
Barney Babbitt bagged a bushel of big blue berries.
I cannot bear to see a bear.
Bear down upon a hare.
When bare of hair he strips the hare,
Right there I cry, “Forbear!”
Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said “This butter’s bitter.
“If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.”
So, she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter.
When she put it in her batter, the butter made her batter better.
Once upon a barren moor
There dwelt a bear, also a boar.
The bear could not bear the boar.
The boar thought the bear a bore.
At last the bear could bear no more
Of that boar that bored him on the moor,
And so one morn he bored the boar
That boar will bore the bear no more.
Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter, ’tis the peanut-butter picky people pick.
/from ConAgra Foods commercial/
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
It appears that peers prefer pears particularly if pears are presented in pairs.
Tomorrow is the third Thursday of this month.
When a twister twisting would twist him a twist,
For twisting a twist three twists he will twist;
But if one of the twists untwists from the twist,
The twist untwisting untwists the twist.
Let’s see how good you are at hissing! The hissing TH is a striking characteristic of the English language and we have to be proud of it and treat it with respect. The solution? You guessed it right – a few tongue twisters specializing on the TH.
Thirty thousand thirsty snakes thirstily drank three thousand lakes.
A thatcher of Thatchwood went to Thatchet a-thatching.
Did a thatcher of Thatchwood go to Thatchet a-thatching?
If a thatcher of Thatchwood went to Thatchet a-thatching,
Where’s the thatching the thatcher of Thatchwood has thatched?
Whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot,
We’ll be together whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.
I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought
I thought I thought.
Flee from fog to fight flu fast!
I’m not a pheasant plucker, I’m the pheasant plucker’s son,
And I’m only plucking pheasants until the pheasant pluckers come.
A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
Said the flea, “Let us fly!”
Said the fly, “Let us flee!”
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
Lisp – get those R’s right
Lisping is not something you have to be embarrassed about. We all lisp at a certain moment in our life.
The following tongue twisters will help you get rid of it.
Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.
‘Round and ‘round the rugged rocks the raggedly rascal ran.
Robert Rowley rolled a round roll round,
A round roll Robert Rowley rolled round;
Where rolled the round roll Robert Rowley rolled round?
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
Never trouble trouble
Till trouble troubles you.
It only doubles trouble,
And troubles others too.
Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack;
sheep should sleep in a shed.
A sailor went to the sea
To see what he could see,
And all that he could see,
Was sea, sea, sea.
The sun shines on the shop signs.
The sheep on the ship slipped on the sheet of sleet.
The keen king kissed the quick queen on her green ring.
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
Letters G and K
Give me the gift of a grip top sock:
a drip-drape, ship-shape, tip-top sock.
Kenny wasn’t kind in kindergarten when he kicked Kate in the kitchen.
/Wallach, M. A., & Wallach, L. (1976)/
Tongue Twisters to Improve Vowels
Vowels are as important as consonants. Vowels in the English language are A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y.
Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.
Which witch wished which wicked wish?
While we were walking, we were watching window washers
wash Washington’s windows with warm washing water.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would
if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
You’ve no need to light a night-light
On a light night like tonight,
For a night-light’s light’s a slight light,
And tonight’s a night that’s light.
When a night’s light, like tonight’s light,
It is really not quite right
To light night-lights with their slight lights
On a light night like tonight.
Make some fun, funky food and with some luck
You can bake a kooky cookie or stew a stupid duck
You can look it all up in a cool cook book
Or you can find a good excuse why you shouldn’t have to cook.
Oh, swing the king and swing the queen,
Oh, swing the king and swing the queen,
Oh, swing ‘em round and round the green.
Oh, swing ‘em round the green.
There was a rude dude in the mood for food.
Whenever he chewed we all viewed his food.
The better the food, the more he chewed,
So I served crude food to this rude dude.
Swan swam over the sea,
Swim, swan, swim;
Swan swam back again,
Well swum, swan!
So, did you enjoy our little collection of tongue twisters for kids? Which is your favourite? There are thousands of tongue twisters in existence and you can even make up your own little funny verses. Please feel free to drop me a line to suggest a tongue twister of your own.