Tongue twisters for toddlers

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Tongue twisters and word games are an important part of learning to speak well.

You can have fun teaching your child different tongue twisters. Try to say them together. Who can do it best? Take turns and see who can say it the most times without going wrong.

Here are some to try:

  • I scream, I scream, you scream, let’s all scream for ice cream.
  • Peter Piper, where’s the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?
  • Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.
  • She sells seashells on the seashore.
  • Bubble bobble, bubble bobble, bubble bobble.

See which ones are the most fun. Try saying them as fast as you can. You can even make up some of your own.

Who can say the most without making any mistakes? Who can say them the clearest? If they’re finding the tongue twisters too hard, encourage them to slow down and say each word clearly first. Speaking clearly so others can understand you is an important skill for children to learn as they grow up.

This activity helps your child think about how words are pronounced, how some words rhyme, and how to say funny or difficult words.

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This activity is stretching and strengthening the muscles children need to speak.