She sells seasells…
No, no… She sells seashells on the seasore…
Uh ho! Sounds a bit difficult, doesn’t it?
A bit silly, perhaps?
But, what if we told these silly string of words could improve your child’s language?
Wouldn’t you want to give them a try?
Then, this article about tongue twisters for kids is just the right place for you!
We will tell you what tongue twisters are, how they help your child, and also give a massive list for you and your little one to try!
But, first, let’s understand what a tongue twister means!
A tongue twister is defined as “a sequence of words or sounds, typically of an alliterative kind, that are difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly.” (Oxford Dictionary)
Benefits of Tongue Twisters
Tongue twisters may not a lot of sense, but they aid language development. Often, these random sounds, strung together, aid in speech therapy.
Not to mention, they are quite fun to recite!
So, what happens when your child is introduced to tongue twisters?
Here are a few benefits:
- Improved pronunciation and enunciation
- Better flow of speech and improved diction
- Improved memory
- Better communication
- Improved reading
So, get ready for a jolly good time with the tongue twisters that your child would love to repeat again and again.
We recommend that you start with the short tongue twisters. Let your child repeat them at varying speed and without making a mistake!
Allow your child to memorise the longer ones. They may start with a line at first and then repeat entirely.
Read on for our must-try list of tongue twisters in English for kids!
52 must-try tongue twisters for kids
Short tongue twisters
1) Red lorry, yellow lorry.
2) Sheep should sleep in a shed.
3) She sees cheese.
4) Zebras zig and zebras zag.
5) The blue bluebird blinks.
6) Four fine fresh fish for you.
7) He threw three balls.
8) Greek grapes, Greek grapes, Greek grapes.
9) Lucky rabbits like to cause a ruckus.
10) Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.
11) A big black bear sat on a big black rug.
12) Rory’s lawn rake rarely rakes really right.
13) Kitty caught the kitten in the kitchen.
14) We surely shall see the sunshine soon.
15) Six slimy snails slid slowly seaward
16) Four furious friends fought for the phone.
17) Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
18) Seventy-seven benevolent elephants.
19) Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.
20) Betty’s big bunny bobbled by the blueberry bush.
No-so short ones for kids
21) I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
22) I looked right at Larry’s rally and left in a hurry.
23) Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.
24) If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
25) No need to light a night-light on a light night like tonight.
26) If you want to buy, buy, if you don’t want to buy, bye-bye!
27) The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.
28) Fresh fried fish, fish fresh fried, fried fish fresh, fish fried fresh.
29) Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
30) Any noise annoys an oyster, but a noisy noise annoys an oyster more.
31) Kindly kittens knitting mittens keep kazooing in the king’s kitchen.
32) How many yaks could a yak pack, pack if a yak pack could pack yaks?
33) If two witches were watching two watches, which witch would watch which watch?
34) If a black bug bleeds black blood, what colour blood does a blue bug bleed?
Long tongue twisters
35) Swan swam over the sea, swim, swan, swim!
Swan swam back again well swum, swan!
36) A sailor went to sea to see what he could see.
And all he could see was sea, sea, sea.
37) I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop.
Where she shines, she sits, and where she sits, she shines.
38) Whether the weather is warm, whether the weather is hot, we have to put up with the weather, whether we like it or not.
39) If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.
40) Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
41) A tutor who tooted the flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor, “Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?”
42) I thought a thought but the thought I thought, wasn’t the thought you thought I thought.
If the thought I thought, had been the thought I thought, I wouldn’t have thought I thought.
43) Chester cheetah chews a chunk of cheap cheddar cheese.
If the chunk of cheese chunked Chester cheetah,
What would Chester cheetah chew and chunk on?
44) She sells seashells on the seashore.
The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure.
And if she sells seashells on the seashore, then I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
45) If one doctor doctors another doctor, then which doctor is doctoring the doctored doctor?
Does the doctor who doctors the doctor, doctor the doctor the way the doctor is doctoring doctors?
46) 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 that Peter Piper picked?
47) 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.
48) How much dew does a dewdrop drop
If dewdrops do drop dew?
As do dewdrops drop
If dewdrops do drop dew.
49) Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
“But,” she said, “this bit of butter’s bitter,
But a bit of better butter mixed with this butter might just make my bit of bitter butter better.”
So, Betty bought a bit of better butter to make her bitter butter better.
50) Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Spread it thick, say it quick!
Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Spread it thicker, say it quicker!
Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Don’t eat until you are spreading it like a spread!
We have a little challenge for you.
Well, give them a try then!
Oh-so hard ones for kids
Here are a couple of tongue twisters that have been voted as the hardest ones in the world!
51) The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.
52) Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.
We hope your child and you had a lot of fun trying our list of challenging and funny tongue twisters for kids!
What were your favourite tongue twisters as a child? Surely, a few of them would have popped into your head. Go ahead and leave a comment below.