We absolutely love a good old tongue twister in the Newby household. It all started when we realised that Estelle needed a bit of help with some of her word pronunciations. She was struggling at 5 and 6 to say a number of sounds – she would get the ‘sh’ sound and the ‘th’ sound muddled up quite a lot, as well as struggling to say words of more than 2 syllables. When we spoke to a language specialist, they suggested we try tongue twisters to build up her tongue muscle, whilst making it fun at the same time.
Over the years, we have built up from ‘Red lorry, yellow lorry’ where we started and now Estelle is pretty good at most tongue twisters. The children love challenging each other to see who can say them correctly for the longest – normally ending in utter hysterics as they get faster and faster.
We have built up a repertoire of really funny tongue twisters which the whole family love. Of course we all have our favourites (mine is, hands down, Moses supposes his toeses are roses!)
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Moses supposes his toes are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously. For nobody’s toeses are poses of roses as Moses supposes his toeses to be.
Round the rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran.
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. But Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair! So Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy was he!
She sells sea shells on the sea shore.
Betty bought butter, but the butter was bitter. So Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.
How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
Whether the weather is warm, whether the weather is hot, we have to put up with the weather, whether we like it or not.
Red leather, yellow leather.
Red lorry, yellow lorry.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
We hope you enjoy using these with your children (or even on your own!) as much as we do. If you are looking for more great ideas to share with the kids, why not have a look at the great jokes we have complied, perfect for children aged 5 and up! Or if you want something more tech based, how about some fun questions to ask Alexa – guaranteed to keep the children busy for hours!