30 Totally playful tongue twisters we guarantee your kids will love trying!

Written by Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Editorial Assistant 

Getting into tongue twisters
 

She sells seashells by the seashore. Could you say this tongue twister correctly without any mistake? What about Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? Isn’t it fun? This is exactly why children will love these 30 tongue twister we’ve compiled ranging from easy, moderate to difficult levels based on your child’s age and capabilities.

Plus, tongue twisters are not just fun and games. They have many hidden educational benefits especially if English isn’t your child’s first language and it helps to sharpen their diction and enunciate of words. And, I gotta say if you’re enthusiastically learning while having fun with a lesson, it becomes more than a lesson, it becomes an experience that will impact their understanding more effectively.

The many wonderful benefits of tongue twisters
 
According to English Sherpa, here are several of the benefits your child will reap from saying tongue twisters!
 
 • They strengthen and stretch the muscles involved in speech
This muscle exercise leads to clearer pronunciation, clearer speech patterns, and helps rectify some of the hardest sounds for you. They’re also just fun, making learning pronunciation – something that can be quite frustrating – more enjoyable.
 
There are also tongue twister poems you can check out for longer practice and more of a mouth workout. Go to fun-with-words.com or shadowpoetry.com to see some of these poems.
 
 • They show you which sounds are difficult for you
Depending on your native language and your own strengths and weaknesses, some sounds will be harder for you than others. Tongue twisters can really highlight which sounds you’re struggling with. You may get stuck on the same sound again and again; this is a sign to focus on that sound. 
 
Moreover, you may already be aware of sounds that are challenging for you. For example, speakers of Korean and Japanese tend to have difficulty with the l and r sounds. So, you already know that you should work on these sounds. Try practicing Red lorry, yellow lorry and Red blood, bad blood.
 
 • They are a great warm up
Even if you’re a native speaker or you’ve mastered English pronunciation, tongue twisters are a great warm-up exercise before you make a presentation, speak in public, teach a class, lead a meeting, act, and more!
The terrific tongue twisters!
 

Below is the compiled list of tongue twisters set from kids aged 7 to 8, 9 to 10 and 11 to 12 respectively. Let the games begin and have fun!

Tongue twisters for kids aged 7 to 8

#1 Ann and Andy’s anniversary is in April

#2 Sarah skis super slow

#3 Bobby brings bright bells

#4 Blue lorry, yellow lorry

#5 Rolling red wagons

#6 She sees cheese

#7 Red blood, green blood, red blood, green blood

#8 He threw three balls

#9 Santa’s short suit shrunk

#10 Sheela needs, Sheena leads

Tongue twisters for kids aged 9 to 10

#1 Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

#2 Denise sees the fleece, Denise sees the fleas. At least Denise could sneeze and feed and freeze the fleas.

#3 There those thousand thinkers were thinking how did the other three thieves go through.
#4 One-one was a racehorse. Two-two was one too. One-one won one race. Two-two won one too.

#5 She saw Sherif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure she saw Sherif’s shoes on the sofa?

#6 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.

#7 The batter with the butter is the batter that is better!

#8 Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.

#9 Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

#10 Supposed to be pistachio, supposed to be pistachio, supposed to be pistachio.

Tongue twisters for kids aged 11 to 12

#1 Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter. It’s the peanut-butter picky people pick.

#2 Swan swam over the sea. Swim, swan, swim! Swan swam back again. Well swum, swan!

#3 Blake’s black bike’s back brake bracket block broke.

#4 One black beetle bled only black blood, the other black beetle bled blue.

#5 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 he is doctoring doctors? Or does he doctor the doctor the way the doctor who doctors?

#6 A big black bug bit a big black bear made the big black bear bleed blood.

#7 While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington’s windows with warm washing water.

#8 Luke Luck likes lakes. Luke’s duck likes lakes. Luke Luck licks lakes. Luck’s duck licks lakes. Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes. Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.

#9 There was a fisherman named Fisher who fished for some fish in a fissure. Till a fish with a grin, pulled the fisherman in. Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher.

#10 A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk. Make it even more fun!

Take it up a notch by creating an even a more competitive yet entertaining atmosphere, you can even start playing games these with your kids! You could print and prepare tongue twisters beforehand and cut them individually, place them in a hat, have each player take one strip and endow them with a point based on how few repetitions it took till they got it right and the player with the least amounts of points get punished.

For more of a rushing thrill, bring in a stopwatch and have a player say the tongue twister perfectly in the least amount of time! Whichever player gets to do so wins the round!

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