Tongue twisters are one of the games of the oral tradition that children enjoy the most. Basically, it consists of a word game in which sequences of terms with the same syllabic ending are combined, resulting in difficult to pronounce with the aim of misleading those who pronounce them. Without a doubt, it is a very fun game to entertain yourself at home that also brings many benefits to children.
Three benefits of tongue twisters for children
- They expand vocabulary. Tongue twisters are a perfect exercise for children to learn new words and their meanings. It will also help them differentiate terms that are spelled and/or pronounced similarly but actually refer to different concepts. Therefore, they are a simple and fun way to improve vocabulary from an early age.
- They improve pronunciation. Pronouncing the different phonemes correctly is one of the main keys to not making mistakes. in tongue twisters. That is the reason why tongue twisters are a useful resource to improve pronunciation in children and motivate them to properly vocalize each word, as confirmed by a study carried out at the Salesian Polytechnic University.
- They train memory. Learning a tongue twister by heart is the best strategy for not making mistakes, which makes it an excellent resource for improving children’s memory. In fact, just reading the tongue twister is already a good memory exercise since it requires remembering the different terms used in each sentence.
Tongue twisters are also a useful tool to promote reading comprehension, stimulate interest in the language and promote a good sense of humor. They also improve concentration, enhance creativity and unleash the imagination.
10 difficult tongue twisters to play with children
- In the city of Pamplona there is a square .
In the square there is a corner.
In the corner there is a house.
In the house there is a room.
In the room there is a bed.
In the bed there is a mat.
On the mat there is a bar.
On the bar there is a parrot.
Then the parrot to the bar,
The bar to the mat,
The mat to the bed,
The bed to the room,
The room to the house,
The house to the corner,
The corner to the square,
The square in the city of Pamplona.
- The dog bitch found pear,
but dog bitch does not eat pears,
instead bitch dog buts
did not find p to eat
the pear that dog bitch left behind.
- Parra had a dog.
Guerra had a vine.
Parra’s dog climbed on Guerra’s vine.
Guerra hit Parra’s dog with a truncheon.
And Parra said to Guerra:
-Why has Guerra hit Parra’s dog with a truncheon?
And Guerra replied:
-If Parra’s dog hadn’t climbed up on Guerra’s vine,
Guerra would not have hit Parra’s dog with a baton.
- He had a cat ethic pelimppimpletic peluda pellimppluda pellimppluda,
Who had kittens ethic pelética pelimplmpletica furry pellimppluda,
If my cat had not been ethic pelética pelimplmpletica peluda pellimppluda pellimpluda,
Her kittens would not have been ethic pelimplmpletica pelimppluda hairy hairy hairy hairy.
- Does the caracolera sell hemp and the macaronera sells shrimp?
Does the hemp farmer sell snails and the shrimp farmer sells macaroni?
¡¡ The macaroni company sells macaroni!
The hemp company sells hemp seeds! The shrimp farm sells shrimp!
The snail farm sells snails!
- Pepe Pecas chops potatoes with a beak,
Pepe Pecas chops potatoes with a beak.
Yes, Pepe Pecas chops potatoes with a pick,
where is the pick with which Pepe Pecas chops potatoes?
- María Chuchena had a roof over her roof,
and a roofer asked her:
What roofs do you have, María Chuchena?
Or do you roof your hut or someone else’s?
I don’t roof my hut or someone else’s.
I roof María Chuchena’s roof.
- If your taste liked the taste that my taste likes,
My taste would like the taste that your taste likes.
But since your taste doesn’t like the taste that my taste likes,
My taste doesn’t he likes the taste he likes your taste.
- A pruner was pruning the vine and another pruner who was passing by asked him:
-Pruner, prune the vine. What vine do you prune? Do you prune my vine or do you prune your vine?
I neither prune your vine, nor do I prune my vine, I prune my uncle Bartolo’s vine.
- By the seas of China,
from Peking China,
a Chinese girl teases a lot
with a small reed.
Whoever she catches, she crushes
and crushes his toupee
and punctures him with thumbtacks
and steals his loot,
or irons his bumps
while crashing his bug.