These fun tongue twisters for kids provide laughs and smiles for anyone who reads them. You’ll find a wide range of twisters for all ages and abilities, including the youngest of readers.
You can read them just for fun or use them as an educational challenge to encourage reading and speaking skills. Either way, you will be amazed at how even the simplest one can tie a tongue in knots! There are some difficult ones here, no doubt.
Kids of all ages and levels of learning will find these tongue twisters fun and challenging to say. First, find a category that applies to your child or a selection of twisters they might enjoy. After you’ve chosen your favorites, read the suggestions below on how to make a game out of the twisters and other ideas on how to use them.
Best tongue twisters for kids
1.) I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
2.) Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
3.) 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?
4.) Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
but Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
5.) 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.
6.) If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
7.) She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
8.) I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop.
Where she shines, she sits, and where she sits, she shines.
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Short tongue twisters for 4-year-olds and up
9.) Auntie’s ants are able.
10.) Four fine fish.
11.) Selfish shellfish.
12.) Knapsack straps.
13.) Fruit float.
14.) Unique New York.
15.) Greek grapes.
16.) Friendly fleas and fireflies.
17.) Daddy draws doors.
18.) Pre-shrunk shirts.
19.) Which witch is which?
20.) Black bugs blood.
21.) Six sticky skeletons.
22.) Fresh fried fish.
23.) She sees cheese.
24.) Specific Pacific.
25.) Good blood, bad blood.
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Simple tongue twisters anyone can do
27.) Six slimy snails slid slowly seaward.
28.) Men munch much mush.
29.) Dick kicks sticky bricks.
30.) Cheap ship trip.
31.) Crisp crusts crackle and crunch.
32.) Freshly-fried fat flying fish.
33.) Four furious friends fought for the phone.
34.) Susie sits shining silver shoes.
35.) Momma made me mash my M&Ms.
36.) A noisy noise annoys an oyster.
37.) Red leather yellow leather.
38.) Willie’s really weary.
39.) Three free throws.
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Good expressions and sayings for articulation
40.) Lovely lemon liniment.
41.) Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.
42.) Inchworms itching.
43.) Tim, the thin twin tinsmith.
44.) She should shun the shining sun.
45.) Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.
46.) Freshly fried fresh flesh.
47.) The cat catchers can’t catch caught cats.
48.) Green glass globes glow greenly.
49.) The sixth sheik’s sixth sheep is sick.
50.) Rush the washing, Russell.
51.) Burgess’s fish shop sauce.
One-line tongue twisters
52.) Drew Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead.
53.) The slimy snake slithered down the sandy Sahara.
54.) Shave a single shingle thin.
55.) Three fluffy feathers fell from Phoebe’s flimsy fan.
56.) A bragging baker baked black bread.
57.) Send toast to ten tense stout saints’ ten tall tents.
58.) Clean clams crammed in clean cans.
59.) Little Lillian lets lazy lizards lie along with the lily pads.
60.) Bake big batches of bitter brown bread.
61.) Sounding by sound is a sound method of sounding sounds.
62.) Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins.
63.) The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.
64.) Six socks sit in a sink, soaking in soap suds.
65.) Each Easter Eddie eats eighty Easter eggs.
66.) Seventy-seven benevolent elephants.
67.) A big bug bit the little beetle but the little beetle bit the big bug back.
68.) Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread.
69.) How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
70.) Elizabeth has eleven elves in her elm tree.
71.) Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
72.) Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
73.) I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.
74.) Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
75.) Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
76.) Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
77.) Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.
78.) Octopus ocular optics.
79.) Round the rugged rocks, the ragged rascals ran.
80.) Betty’s big bunny bobbled by the blueberry bush.
Short tongue twisters for kids
81.) Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.
82.) Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.
83.) Linda-Lou Lambert loves lemon lollipop lip gloss.
84.) A synonym for cinnamon is a cinnamon synonym.
85.) Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.
86.) Crisp crusts crackle crunchily.
87.) Gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins.
88.) Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.
89.) Smelly shoes and socks shock sisters.
90.) Fresh French fried fly fritters.
91.) Preshrunk silk shirts.
92.) Fat frogs flying past fast.
93.) Six sharp smart sharks.
Fun ones to put your tongue to the test
94.) Double bubble gum, bubbles double.
95.) The blue bluebird blinks.
96.) Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
97.) Flee from fog to fight flu fast.
98.) Ed had edited it.
99.) Please pay promptly.
100.) Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
101.) Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.
102.) We surely shall see the sunshine soon.
103.) I saw a saw that could out saw any other saw I ever saw.
104.) A shapeless sash sags slowly.
Funny tongue twisters
105.) Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke’s duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
(and) Luke’s duck licks lakes.
Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.
106.) If two witches were watching two watches
which witch would watch which watch?
107.) Denise sees the fleece,
Denise sees the fleas.
At least Denise could sneeze
And feed and freeze the fleas.
108.) A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk but he stumps thunk the skunk stunk.
109.) Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew
While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew
Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze
Freezy trees made these trees’ cheese freeze
That’s what made these three free fleas sneeze.
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110.) 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.
111.) 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?
112.) I thought a thought,
But the thought I thought
wasn’t the thought I thought I thought.
If the thought I thought I thought
had been the thought I thought,
I wouldn’t have thought so much.
113.) 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?
114.) How many yaks could a yak pack, pack if a yak pack could pack yaks?
115.) Brave, bleeding boys battle bald, biting babies
Biting babies ride battle toys while bumbling boys brave bald biting babies.
116.) 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!
117.) Black background, brown background,
Brown background, black background,
Background background, black, black, brown, brown.
Repeating tongue twisters: Say it three times quick
118.) Purple paper people, purple paper people, purple paper people.
119.) Bubble bobble, bubble bobble, bubble bobble.
120.) Red bulb blue bulb, red bulb blue bulb, red bulb blue bulb.
121.) Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat.
Story tongue twisters
122.) Moses supposes his toeses are roses
but Moses supposes erroneously; For nobody’s toeses are posies of roses,
as Moses supposes his toeses to be.
123.) Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack;
sheep should sleep in a shed.
124.) Swan swam over the sea,
Swim, swan, swim!
Swan swam back again
Well swum, swan!
125.) Ned Nott was shot and Sam Shott was not.
So it is better to be Shott than Nott.
Some say Nott was not shot.
But Shott says he shot Nott.
Either the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot, or Nott was shot.
If the shot Shott shot shot Nott, Nott was shot.
But if the shot Shott shot shot Shott, then Shott was shot, not Nott.
However, the shot Shott shot shot not Shott, but Nott.
126.) Susan shineth shoes and socks;
socks and shoes shine Susan.
She ceased shining shoes and socks,
for shoes and socks shock Susan.
Clever tongue twisters
127.) Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.
128.) A tree toad loved a she-toad
Who lived up in a tree.
He was a two-toed tree toad
But a three-toed toad was she.
The two-toed tree toad tried to win
The three-toed she-toad’s heart,
For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground
That the three-toed tree toad trod.
But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.
He couldn’t please her whim.
From her tree toad bower
With her three-toed power
The she-toad vetoed him.
129.) A sailor went to sea
To see, what he could see.
And all he could see
Was sea, sea, sea.
130.) If one doctor doctors another 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?
Challenging tongue twisters for young students
131.) You’ve no need to light a night-light
On a light night like tonight,
For a night-light’s 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.
132.) If a Hottentot taught a Hottentot tot
To talk ere the tot could totter,
Ought the Hottentot tot
Be taught to say aught or naught,
Or what ought to be taught her?
If to hoot and to toot a Hottentot tot
Be taught by her Hottentot tutor,
Ought the tutor get hot
If the Hottentot tot
Hoot and toot at her Hottentot tutor?
133.) All I want is a proper cup of coffee,
Made in a proper copper coffee pot
I may be off my dot
But I want a cup of coffee
From a proper coffee pot.
Tin coffee pots and iron coffee pots
They’re no use to me –
If I can’t have a proper cup of coffee
In a proper copper coffee pot
I’ll have a cup of tea.
134.) Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said
“This butter’s bitter! But a bit of better butter will but make my batter better.”
So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter,
and it made her batter better so ’twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter!
Tough Tongue Twisters
135.) 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
So See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw.
But it was sad to see Soar so sore
Just because See’s saw sawed
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136.) The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
137.) The Irish wristwatch read the wrong time.
How to use these fun tongue twisters
There are many ways to use these fun tongue twisters besides just reading them. Bring along a list for kids to read on long road trips in the car. Challenge each child to read a line and see how many they can say without error. Take turns and see who has the highest score.
Teachers may find these sayings useful too. Have students recite the lines as a way of improving reading and language skills. These tongue twisters challenge kids’ verbal skills while putting a smile on their faces.
Also, you’ll want to teach kids the meaning and use of alliterations. The repetition of a single consonant in multiple words strung together is a literary device. When you use alliteration, there’s a good chance it will also be a tongue twister.
More ideas for using tongue twisters
1.) Make a game out of it. Print out the twisters and cut them into slips of paper. Put them in a bag and have each participant draw one out to read. See who gets the most correct without error.
2.) See who can say the most twisters without laughing.
3.) Or maybe the winner goes to who can repeat the twister the most times without messing up.
4.) Make it a telephone game. Have each student repeat the twister to another student down the line. What will the twister end up being at the end?
5.) Have students draw pictures of their tongue twisters—a great way to explore creativity and imagination!
By Greg Johnson & Mike O’Halloran
Reared as writers, Greg and Mike love linguistics when not lazily lounging.
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