Terrific Tongue Twisters!

Looking to add giggles to your literacy time? Try spotlighting phonological awareness and alliteration with tongue twisters! Tongue twisters are fascinating. Check out these totally terrific twister tidbits:

  • Almost every language has tongue twisters.
  • People read tongue twisters slowly whether they are reading aloud or silently. Thus, tongue twisters aren’t so much about twisting the tongue but rather twisting the brain!
  • The most difficult tongue twister according to the Guiness World Book of Records is the following: The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.
  • MIT researchers claims that this is most difficult tongue twister: Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.

Click here for a list of other tough tongue twisters. And check out these tongue twister activities for your students:


Use these tongue twister slips when teaching about alliteration! Cut out the slips. Then fold them and place them in a container. Have student volunteers pull slips and read the twisters.




Have students create their own tongue twisters with this activity sheet.


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