Tongue Twisters

Sarah McMillan
September 28, 2022

Warming up before any rehearsal or performance is crucial. Sometimes it can feel like a tedious task,  but it is so important and there are so many ways to make it fun! Try adding a tongue twister or two to your warmup. Tongue twisters are a great way to improve pronunciation of words and stretch and strengthen your muscles before working on monologues, scenes, or songs. Here are some of our favourites!

kid in striped shirt with tongue sticking out

Peter Piper

cartoon of peter piper with peppers

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

black bear cartoon

Big Black Bug & Big Black Bear

A big black bug bit a big black bear,

made the big black bear bleed blood.

She Sells Seashells

kid selling sea shells on the beach to another kid

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.

The shells she sells are surely seashells.

So if she sells shells on the seashore,

I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

blue, yellow, and red cartoon boat

Toy Boat

Toy boat (say this 10 times)

Betty Botter

cartoon of betty botter holding a plate of butter

Betty Botter had some butter,

“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter.

If I bake this bitter butter,

it would make my batter bitter.

But a bit of better butter–

that would make my batter better.”

So she bought a bit of butter,

better than her bitter butter,

and she baked it in her batter,

and the batter was not bitter.

So ’twas better Betty Botter

bought a bit of better butter.

red leather, yellow leather

Red Leather, Yellow Leather

Red leather, yellow leather (say this 10 times)

Two Witches

two cartoon green and purple witches with brooms around cauldron

If two witches were watching two watches,

which witch would watch which watch?

cartoon of a woodchuck chucking would with a speech bubble that says "can I chuck wood"

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood

as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Proper Cup of Coffee

All I want is a proper cup of coffee,

made in a proper copper coffee pot.

You can believe it or not,

but I just want a cup of coffee,

in a proper coffee pot!

Tin coffee pots

or iron coffee pots

are of no use to me!

If I can’t have a proper cup of coffee

in a proper copper coffee pot,

I’ll have a cup of tea!

smiling cartoon sunshine

Sun Shine

We surely shall see the sun shine soon.

We hope that you try some of these out the next time you warmup and enjoy challenging your brain and your tongue!