Monday, November 8, 2010

Let's Celebrate International Tongue Twister Day!

Today is International Tongue Twister Day. Tongue twisters are lots of fun. They're also a great way to get kids to practise using certain sounds in their speech. One way to celebrate would be to share Fox in Sox by Dr Seuss with your kids today, and challenge them to a "tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle" or a tongue twister contest.

Here are some twisters to help you get those tongues tangled!

Red lorry, yellow lorry.

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?

A big black bug bit a big black bear, and
made the big black bear bleed blood.

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 seashells.

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

You've no need to light a night-light

On a light night like tonight,

For a night-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.

Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?

The sixth sick sheik's sixth sick sheep

Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now, See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw
Before Soar saw See,
Which made Soar sore.
Had Soar seen See's saw
Before See sawed Soar's seesaw,
See's saw would not have sawed
Soar's seesaw.
So See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.
But it was sad to see Soar so sore
just because See's saw sawed
Soar's seesaw.

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.

Round and round the rugged rocks, the ragged rascal ran.

Betty Botter bought some butter,
"But," she said, "this butter's bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
It will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter -
That would make my batter better."
So she bought a bit of butter,
Better than her bitter butter,
And she baked it in her batter,
And the batter was not bitter.
So 'twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter.

Sheep shouldn't sleep in a shack. Sheep should sleep in a shed.

There are four fun tongue twisters on Starfall. Children can listen and read along with twisters like Peter Piper, Fuzzy Wuzzy and Woodchuck.

Indian Child has many more tongue twisters for children to read.

Do you have a favourite tongue twister I've missed?

Image credit: poster made by Book Chook, using a Phillip Martin clipart image.


  1. Rebecca Newman08 November, 2010

    International Tongue Twister Day---ooh fun!

    I can never get through the seashell one. :-P

    What about: Thaddeus thinks some serious threats, some serious threats thinks Thaddeus.

  2. Thay what?

    That's a beauty, Rebecca. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. lol... I know Adelaide will love this!

  4. My challenge to Adelaide is to make a brand new tongue twister using her own name!


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