tongue twisters for kids

These tongue twisters for kids are a fun child-friendly way to improve speech and pronunciation!

These are my all-time favourite tongue twisters to use with my drama classes- the kids absolutely love trying them out. You will be sure to get a few giggles, but you will also see your kids grow in confidence as they realize that they’re not as tricky as they first thought!

Here are some top tips for introducing tongue twisters:

  • Start with a short one!
  • Remind your child to GO SLOW- it isn’t a race. Get accuracy first and then work on building speed if they want the challenge.
  • Help them to understand the tongue twister and say it with meaning. This above anything else will help them to conquer the tongue twister. When they understand what the phrase means, they will be able to put stress on the right words and will suddenly find it easy!
  • It might help to start with some breathing and projection exercises to warm up before trying the tongue twisters.
  • Above all- have fun!! Kids achieve more when they are relaxed and happy. Make sure you take away any pressure and instead use these tongue twisters for a fun challenge. Be positive!

Tongue Twisters for Kids



1. Black back bat.

2. Black back bat.

3. Round brown bread.

4. World Wide Web.

5. Purple paper people.

6. Rolling red wagons.

7. I was born on a pirate ship.

8. Silly sheep weep and sleep.

9. He threw three balls.


Tongue Twisters for Kids



10. Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.

11. We surely shall see the sun shine soon.

12. The queen in green screamed.

13. Unique New York.

14. Stupid superstition.

15. Sheena leads, Sheela needs.

16. Which witch wished which wicked wish?

17. She sells seashells by the sea shore.

18. Pirate’s Private Property.

19. Black background, brown background.

20. Real rock wall.

21. I put a thimble on my thumb, my thumb it was too think. Try another finger then, said little brother Vic.

22. Six slippery snails slid slowly seaward.

23. Willy’s real rear wheel.

24. Four furious friends fought for the phone.

25. A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose!

26. Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.

27. Seventy seven benevolent elephants.

28. Santa’s short suit shrank.

29. Black background, brown background.

30. Four furious friends fought for the phone.

31. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

Tongue Twisters for Kids



32. She saw Sheriff’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure she saw Sheriff’s shoes on the sofa?

33. 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 pepper’s that Peter Piper picked?

34. How many cookies could a good cook cook if a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.

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

36. How much pot, could a pot roast roast, if a post roast could roast pot?

37. Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?

38. A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.

39. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?

40. I am not a pheasant plucker, I’m a pheasant plucker’s son, but I’ll be plucking pheasants when the pheasant plucker’s gone.

41. If Kantie can tie a tie and untie a tie, why can’t I tie a tie and untie a tie like Kantie can.

42. There was a minimum of cinnamon in the aluminium pan.

43. A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

44. As he gobbled the cakes on his plate, the greedy ape said as he ate, the greener green grapes are, the keener keen apes are to gobble green grape cakes, they’re great!

45. If coloured caterpillars could change their colours constantly, could they keep their coloured coat coloured properly?

46. How much caramel can a canny cannonball cram in a camel if a canny cannonball can cram caramel in a camel?

47. The ruddy widow really wants ripe watermelon and red roses when winter arrives.

48. I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.

49. Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.

50. Ed had edited it.

51. Tommy Tucker tried to tie Tammy’s Turtles tie.

Little Girl, Wildflowers, Meadow, Child, Happiness

And That’s It!

These tongue twisters are such a fun activity to do with kids.

Make sure that you encourage them to go slow and say the words carefully. Achieving this accuracy is what will help their speech and pronunciation.

Make sure that you make this a super fun thing to do together. Your child will thrive when they feel supported and relaxed. You can even give them a go yourself and let your kids giggle at your attempts!

Thanks for reading! I hope this gives you some ideas for doing tongue twisters with kids.

Leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to hear how it goes!

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