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Drama Game: Tongue Twisters (The Ultimate List!)

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Feb 18, 2013 Drama Games , 47 Comments

As a drama teacher, you’re probably familiar with a handful of tongue twisters that you introduce to your students as a rehearsal warm up.

Tongue Twisters, Kid

Tongue twisters are great for helping kids concentrate on working all their articulation muscles. And they’re just plain fun. :)

I’ve compiled below a list of some of my favorite that you can mine from for your next rehearsal.

Before introducing a new tongue twister I usually ask my students to crinkle their face as tiny as possible for 5 seconds. Then to make their face as big as possible for 5 seconds.

Then I’ll introduce the tongue twister, and we’ll practice it as a group. After that I’ll ask a few brave students to stand and attempt to say it 5 times in a row.

Make sure you encourage them to use their “stage voice” when speaking.

Another great variation is to have the group stand in a circle, then ask each student to say the tongue twister in a different emotion. (Angry, sad, happy, scared, frustrated, confused, etc.)  Or, begin to your right and challenge the students to begin happy but gradually get progressively more and more angry as students take turn around the circle.

If you have a favorite tongue twister that isn’t included here, leave it in a comment below!

The Ultimate List of Tongue Twisters

Unique New York

Three free throws

Red Leather, Yellow Leather

I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought.

One-One was a racehorse.
Two-Two was one, too.
When One-One won one race, Two-Two won one, too.

Say this sharply, say this sweetly,
Say this shortly, say this softly.
Say this sixteen times very quickly.

Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers! (Repeat. Increase the tempo.)

Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed Shilly-shallied south.
These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack; Sheep should sleep in a shed.

Red Bulb Blue Bulb Red Bulb Blue Bulb Red Bulb Blue Bulb

Red Blood Blue Blood

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.

She sells seashells on the seashore.

Mix a box of mixed biscuits with a boxed biscuit mixer.

A proper copper coffee pot.

Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.

Betty bought butter but the butter was bitter, so Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.

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.

How much wood could a wood chuck; chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood.

Comical economists.

Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?

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?

Sascha sews slightly slashed sheets shut.

She should shun the shinning sun.

The big black back brake broke badly.

The big beautiful blue balloon burst.

A shapeless sash sags slowly.

Smelly shoes and socks shock sisters.

Which wrist watches are Swiss wrist watches?

Dick kicks sticky bricks.

Shave a single shingle thin.

Stick strictly six sticks stumps.

Cinnamon aluminum linoleum.

New York is unanimously universally unique.

Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.

Flora’s freshly fried fish.

A bragging baker baked black bread.

Buy blue blueberry biscuits before bedtime.

She sold six shabby sheared sheep on ship.

The sixth sick sheik’s son slept.

These thousand tricky tongue twisters trip thrillingly off the tongue

 

 

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Comments

  • Michelle
    Jun 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm Reply

    “The skeleton ran out of shampoo in the shower”

    “Let’s have some fun this beat is sick I wanna take a ride on your disco stick”

    “Which WRIST WATCH is a swiss WRIST WATCH”

    Red Leather, Yellow Leather
    Good blood, bad blood

    1. marissa
      Feb 21, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply

      bad blood

  • Danna
    Jun 20, 2013 at 2:10 am Reply

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    1. connie
      Jun 28, 2014 at 11:46 pm Reply

      A wood chuck would chuck as much wood as a wood chuck could chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood

  • Renee
    Aug 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm Reply

    The big black bug bit the big brown bear and the big brown bear bled blood

    1. tk
      Dec 8, 2013 at 2:23 am Reply

      i love that tongue twister.

    2. rockelle
      Jun 16, 2015 at 9:44 am Reply

      i think you should do better tounghe twisters yours were so easy to master

  • Becky
    Aug 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm Reply

    I am so thankful for this site!!

  • Carmel McKiernan
    Sep 9, 2013 at 11:06 am Reply

    Fat Frogs Fly Past Fast

  • Clara Shoeless
    Oct 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm Reply

    rural mural burl bureau

    1. Deb Schuey
      Sep 18, 2016 at 8:06 am Reply

      “Rural” has always been my most difficult word! Good job using it in a tongue twister.

  • ik
    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Friday Fifteen February, Father Francis fried five fresh fishes for five Fathers for France

  • Rachel Berry
    Feb 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm Reply

    The sixth sheikh’s sheep’s sick

    1. Dawn Anthony
      Feb 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm Reply

      “Whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot..we’ll weather the weather what ever the weather, whether we like it or not!”

  • Mrs. Crook
    May 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm Reply

    A woodchuck could chuck as much as he could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

  • Jo Robinson
    Jun 25, 2014 at 11:29 am Reply

    What an amazing site and so much fun. Thank you so much :-)

  • Berry
    Jul 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm Reply

    She sold sea shells on the sea shore

    1. David
      Oct 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm Reply

      she sells sea shells by the sea shore.
      the shells she sells are surely sea shells
      So if she sells shells on the seashore,
      I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
      But… should she sell sea shells or should she sell shoes?

  • Karleigh
    Sep 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, we’ll be together whatever the weather whether we like it or not.

    She stood on balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably welcoming him in

    Moses supposes his toses are roses but Moses supposes erroneously

    1. Deb Schuey
      Sep 18, 2016 at 8:10 am Reply

      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.

  • Julia
    Oct 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm Reply

    Articulatory agility
    is a desirable ability
    manipulating with dexterity
    the tongue the palate and the lips

    Are you copper bottoming it my man? No I’m aluminiuming it!

    Literary literature literally littered the library table.

  • Anoumuse
    Nov 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear
    Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair
    Fuzzy wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy was he

  • Sandy
    Dec 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Maria Tuchena techaba su choza y Chucho el techador que por alli pasaba le dijo Maria Tuchena techas tu choza o techas la ajena, ni techo mi choza ni techo la ajena techo la choza de Maria Tuchena –

  • Pamela
    Dec 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Betty Botter Bought some Butter But she said this Butters Bitter if I put it in my Batter it will make my Batter Bitter But a Bit of Better Butter will make my Batter Better so she Bought a Bit of Butter Better than her Bitter Butter and she put it in her Batter and it made her Batter Better so twas Better Betty Botter Bought a Bit of Better Butter.

  • Rachael
    Feb 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Two twittering tom tits twittered a twit on the tip top tuft of a twisted thistle

  • Donna
    Mar 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm Reply

    I slit a sheet
    A sheet I slit
    Upon a slitted sheet I sit

  • rashanda brown
    Apr 1, 2015 at 8:26 am Reply

    tutors tried to teach tooters how to toot but tutor couldn’t teach tooters how to toot but tooters could teach tutors how to tut

  • Kimsue
    Apr 2, 2015 at 7:51 am Reply

    Irish wrist watches or Swiss wrist watches

  • Leyla
    May 16, 2015 at 5:32 am Reply

    “What a to do to die today at a minute or two to two. A thing distinctly hard to say and harder still to do. For there’ll be a tattoo at a quarter to two with a rattat tattat tattat too and the dragon will come when he hears the drum at a minute or two to two today, at a minute or two to two.”

    1. Deke Eusey
      Jul 12, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply

      Wrong. It’s:

      Oh, here’s a to-do to die to-day
      At a minute or two to two,
      A thing distinctly hard to say,
      But a harder thing to do.

      For they’ll beat a tattoo at two to two,
      A rat-a-tattoo at two Boohoo!
      And the Dragon will come
      When it hears the drum
      At a minute or two to two to-day,
      At a minute or two to two !

      Why hullabaloo? You die to-day
      At a minute or two to two,
      A thing distinctly hard to say
      But an easy thing to do !
      For they’ll beat a tattoo at two to two,
      A rat-a-tat-tat tattoo for you!
      And the Dragon will come
      When he hears the drum;
      There’s nothing for you to do but stay,
      And the Dragon will do for you !

      From the opera ‘Merrie England’, libretto by Edward German
      https://archive.org/stream/merrieenglandnew00germuoft/merrieenglandnew00germuoft_djvu.txt

  • bob
    May 18, 2015 at 9:49 am Reply

    a proper cup of coffee in a proper copper coffee pot

  • bob
    May 19, 2015 at 9:06 am Reply

    Not these things here ,but those things there

  • bob
    May 20, 2015 at 8:19 am Reply

    This website is fabb

  • Karen
    Jul 24, 2015 at 10:10 am Reply

    “Issaquah crosswalk” ( x3 or more )

    heard the local WA news anchor stumble over this recently

  • Kendra
    Aug 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Sally sells sea shells by the seashore while sitting in the sands of the summer sunshine.

    Ooo eee ooo ahah ting tang walla walla bing bang.

    1. Kendra
      Aug 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm Reply

      To sit in solemn silence on a dull dark dock of a pestilential prison with a lifelong lock, awaiting the sensation of a short sharp shock on a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block.

  • Espen
    Oct 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm Reply

    A Tooter who tooted a flute,
    tried to tutor two tutors to toot.
    Said the two to the Tooter:
    Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tutors to toot.

  • Andrea
    Feb 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm Reply

    oh you hear the diggers say as they’re heading for the bay
    You gotta dig a duck, dig a duck, dig a duck a day
    For I get a buck a duck when I dig a duck a day
    Gotta dig a duck, dig a duck, dig a duck a day

    Dig a duck, dig a duck, dig a “gooey” duck
    Dig a duck, dig a “gooey” duck, dig a duck a day

  • Sam
    May 18, 2016 at 10:56 am Reply

    A skunk sat on a stump.
    The stump said the skunk stunk and the skunk said the stump stunk.

  • bri
    Jun 22, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Bob Loblaw lobs a law bomb.

  • ashton
    Jun 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply

    I love all of those tongue twisters

  • :P
    Aug 7, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Red lorry Yellow lorry

  • Jackie Lewis
    Sep 1, 2016 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Bobby bibby bought a bat. Bobby bibbyy bought a ball. With bobs bat Bob banged the ball. Banged it “boop” against the wall. But so boldy Bobby banged it, that he burst his rubber ball. Boo cried Bobby. Bad luck ball, bad luck Bobby, bad luck ball. So to drown his many troubles, Bobby Bibby’s blowing bubbles.

  • Starr Thuerauf
    Nov 12, 2016 at 12:35 pm Reply

    To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark, dock, In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock, Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp, shock, From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!

  • April
    Nov 23, 2016 at 3:52 am Reply

    Here’s one the kids are sure to love:

    One smart fellow, he felt smart.
    Two smart fellows, they felt smart.
    Three smart fellows, they all felt smart.

  • Ellie
    Jan 26, 2017 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Here’s another version of the Dragon one. “What a to do to dine today at a minute or two till two a thing distinctly hard to say yet harder still do to at a minute or two till quarter till two with a rat a ta tat a ti tatta ta too and the dragon will come at the beat of the drum at a minute or two till two today at a minute or two till two.

  • thalia
    Jan 27, 2017 at 11:43 pm Reply

    can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?

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