Tongue Twisters

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books is Fox in Socks. I just love the silly tongue twister tales. Let’s have some fun in the style of this awesome author by writing and reading some of our own. Many tongue twisters use alliteration. Alliteration is repeating a particular sound in the first syllables of a series of words or phrases. Try this strategy. Choose a letter to focus on for your alliteration. Brainstorm a list of 10-12 adjectives, nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech that begin with this letter. Try to create a short story using these words in a combination of simple and complex sentences. Share your tongue twister in a comment so we can try out your tricky tale.

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Here are 2 that Mrs. Moore tried.

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The bright, blue balloon broke loose from boy’s box.
Boy used broom to bring bright, blue balloon back to box.
Silly boy. Bright, blue balloons don’t go back in box.

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Skunk skipped to the Slippers and Shiny Shoes Store.
Skunk shouted when she spotted six, slick, slimy shoes.
Should she show the shoes to the shoppers or
Should she stop and sling the shoes into the sink?
She should stop.
Some shoes slipping. Some shoes sliding.
Skunk shook the slimy shoes ’til the strings swung into the sink
Slowly she stood on a stool, scooped up the shoes, and shoved them onto the shelf.
She began to shout and spout , “Now she can show me the shiny shoes!”

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Share one of your own tongue twister tales.
What’s a strategy we should use when writing with alliteration?

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15 thoughts on “Tongue Twisters

  1. Dear Techie Kids

    Five fluffy, feathery fowl
    found frosty, frolicking frogs flipping and falling.
    In a fit, they flapped and flew,
    fixing their fine favourite froggy friends.

    from your friends in B4

    • Dear B4,

      Oh boy, I like this one! It’s very creative and fun to say. Thank you so much for sharing your writing with us. The Techie Kids will be trying these out in class tomorrow. I wonder if they’ll can make it through without tripping over their words!

      Your friend,
      Mrs. Moore

    • Dear B4,

      That was fantastic! We would like to make another one for you. We think that T would be a tough letter to try in a tongue twister.

      Ava thought your writing was hard to say out loud. Thanks for the challenge.

      From,
      The 3rd Grade Techie Kids

  2. I’ve always liked tongue twisters when I was younger i made up a very short one, just three words..
    cryptic, cricket, critique
    To be said repeatedly … hard

    She sells sea shells on the sea shore;
    The shells that she sells are sea shells I’m sure.
    So if she sells sea shells on the sea shore,
    I’m sure that the shells are sea shore shells.

    is one that my wife likes and is well known.

    The blue balloon twister was harder than it appears.

    great post

    Mr E
    Hawes

    • Dear Mr. E,

      Thank you for sharing your tongue twisters with us! We will have so much fun trying to say them. I think we may record our voices reading the writing that everyone shares with us. That is sure to get some giggles. I wonder if this is something that your Soapboxers would find to be an interesting segment.

      Have a wonderful week!
      Mrs. Moore

  3. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    Have you ever heard of Pig Latin? It’s a real tounge twister to speak in it. Here is a sentence. Elloha, icena eatherwa erewa avingha, uhha?

    From,
    Connor

    • Dear Connor,

      Anktha ouya orfa ourya nterestingia ommentca. Ia lwaysaa ikela ota earnla ewna anguagesla!

      Romfa ourya eacherta,
      Rsma. OoreMa
      🙂

  4. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    I have a cool tongue twister . It sounds like this. How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood.

    From,
    Nehderi

  5. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    Good job on the tongue twisters. Me and David liked the blue ballon one. They are challenging to say. I can’t even say them.

    From,
    Joey and David

    • Dear Joey and David,
      I cant even say them either! Though, they are fun to try out.I hope you two have fun with these wonderful,creative tounge twisters, I like all of them.
      From,
      Alexia. A Techie Kid

  6. We sometimes have fun with tongue twisters in our French work… here’s one we did when we were learning animal names this term:
    cinq chiens chassent six chats…
    It’s quite a mouthful – but a lot easier in English, five dogs chased six cats!
    Mrs M

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  8. Dear Joey and David,
    I cant even say them either! Though, they are fun to try out.I hope you two have fun with these wonderful,creative tounge twisters, I like all of them.
    From,
    Alexia. A Techie Kid