Posted by Tyler Starbard, Dandelion teacher
Twist a tongue, and tongue a twist,
how fast can your tongue twist these tricks?
Tongue twisters, or phrases with successive similar sounds, are a fun way to help enhance pronunciation skills. By practicing these tricky phrases we are strengthening and stretching the muscles involved in speech. Tongue twisters can also bring awareness and growth to speech patterns and language.
For the adult: Begin slowly and carefully by modeling crisp pronunciation and avoid running words together. Repeat the phrases with increasing speed while maintaining clarity. If too much excitement sets in, it can also be fun to speak phrases as slowly or as quietly as you can. Try these with your kids:
Busy buzzing bumble bees
The pack of flies
had a lack of pies.
And to their surprise,
a bad salad, and
so they sang a sad ballad.
Wild Roots staff authors include Erin Boehme, Lia Grippo, CJ Cintas, Anne McCarthy, Tyler Starbard, Jenn Sepulveda, Heather Young, Amalia Smith Hale, Natalia Pareja...