100+ Tricky Tongue Twisters For Your Lovely Little Linguist

by Patricia Grisafi
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Tongue twisters are one of the best ways to show kids that you can have fun with language. Make silly sounds, come up with clever rhymes, and collapse with laughter when you get them wrong. And just for fun, see who can say them faster and faster until it all becomes just gibberish. (Looking for another fun language game with the kids? Teach them all about palindrome sentences and blow their minds.)

But if you really want to twist your kid’s brains, start off with the most challenging tongue twister: “Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.” If your mouth can get through that 10 times fast, the twisters below will be no match for you. The most popular tongue twister is, “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” and the easiest one is, “I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream!” Besides being a lot of fun and a party in your mouth, tongue twisters are a great form of exercise. They can improve pronunciation and strengthen and stretch your mouth and facial muscles. It’s also an excellent way to figure out which words you struggle to pronounce.

From the classic to the super hard, here are over 100, clean and kid-friendly tongue twisters to try with your lovely little linguist. When you’re done with these, why not try to come up with your own?

1. She sells sea shells by the seashore.

2. 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?

3. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

4. A proper copper coffee pot.

5. Six sticky skeletons.

6. Betty Botter bought a bit of butter but the bit of butter was too bitter,

so Betty bought a better bit of butter to make the bitter butter better.

7. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, If a woodchuck could chuck wood?

A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

8. Which witch is which?

9. Elizabeth has eleven elves in her elm tree.

10. Sounding by sound is a sound method of sounding sounds.

11. I saw a saw that could out saw any other saw I ever saw.

12. A big bug bit the little beetle but the little beetle bit the big bug back.

13. A sailor went to sea

To see, what he could see. And all he could see Was sea, sea, sea.

14. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?

15. Seventy-seven benevolent elephants.

16. Willie’s really weary.

17. Wayne went to wales to watch walruses.

18. Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.

19. Six slimy snails sailed silently.

20. Octopus ocular optics.

21. How many yaks could a yak pack, pack if a yak pack could pack yaks?

22. Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

23. Double bubble gum, bubbles double.

24. Gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins.

25. Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.

26. A shapeless sash sags slowly.

27. Smelly shoes and socks shock sisters.

28. 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.

29. Six slippery snails, slid slowly seaward.

30. Crisp crusts crackle and crunch.

31. Round the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.

32. Susie sits shinning silver shoes.

33. Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread.

34. I wish you were a fish in my dish.

35. Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.

36. Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?

37. I like New York, unique New York, I like unique New York.

38. Truly rural.

39. Stupid superstition.

40. 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 doctors?

41. Denise sees the fleece,

Denise sees the fleas. At least Denise could sneeze And feed and freeze the fleas.

42. Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistles stick.

43. The cat catchers can’t catch caught cats.

44. Three fluffy feathers fell from Phoebe’s flimsy fan.

45. She should shun the shinning sun.

46. Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.

47. Little Lillian lets lazy lizards lie along the lily pads

48. Each Easter Eddie eats eighty Easter eggs.

49. Green glass globes glow greenly.

50. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,

Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, FuzzyWuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?

51. Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.

52. Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.

53. A synonym for cinnamon is a cinnamon synonym.

54. The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.

55. Six socks sit in a sink, soaking in soap suds.

56. I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

57. Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.

58. Slimy snake slithered down the sandy Sahara.

59. She sees cheese.

60. Bake big batches of bitter brown bread.

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

62. A noisy noise annoys an oyster.

63. Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins.

64. A bragging baker baked black bread.

65. Shave a single shingle thin.

66. Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.

67. Susie works in a shoeshine shop.

Where she shines she sits, And where she sits she shines

68. Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.

70. Fresh French fried fly fritter.

71. 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.

72. On a lazy laser raiser lies a laser ray eraser.

73. Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.

74. Does your sport shop stock short socks with spots?

75. Pre-shrunk shirts.

76. Purple Paper People.

77. Red Bulb Blue Bulb.

78. Rubber baby buggy bumpers.

79. Knapsack straps.

80. Specific Pacific.

81. The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.

82. Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks.

83. He threw three free throws.

84. Rolling red wagons.

85. Eleven benevolent elephants.

86. Two tried and true tridents.

87. I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

88. We surely shall see the sun shine soon.

89. Three thin thinkers thinking thick thoughtful thoughts.

90. I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.

91. If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.

92. Zebras zig and zebras zag.

93. Kitten in the kitchen.

94. He threw three balls.

95. Santa’s short suit shrunk.

96. Supposed to be pistachio.

97. Four furious friends fought for the phone.

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

99. The queen in green screamed.

100. Scissors sizzle, thistles sizzle.

101. Two tiny tigers take two taxis to town.

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