50 Tongue Twisters for Family Fun

We had a lot of fun putting our riddle post together and I still pull them out randomly to challenge the kids. Our new fascination is tongue twisters. Their not only great fun to say, they are a great way to help kids with diction. Think your family would like a little tongue curling challenge? Try one of these 50 twisters to get you going.

  1. Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran
  2. I saw a saw that could out saw any other saw I ever saw.
  3. A big bug bit the little beetle but the little beetle bit the big bug back.
  4. A sailor went to sea To see, what he could see. And all he could see Was sea, sea, sea.
  5. Six slippery snails, slid slowly seaward.
  6. How much wood could a wood chuck; chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood
  7. Any noise annoys an oyster but a noisy noise annoys an oyster more.
  8. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, FuzzyWuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy… was he???
  9. If a black bug bleeds black blood, what color blood does a blue bug bleed?
  10. Crisp crusts crackle and crunch.
  11. Round the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.
  12. Growing gray goats graze great green grassy groves.
  13. Vincent vowed vengeance very vehemently.
  14. If two witches were watching two watches: which witch would watch which watch?
  15. Which wrist watches are Swiss wrist watches?
  16. Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread
  17. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
  18. Four furious friends fought for the phone
  19. The cat catchers can’t catch caught cats.
  20. Three fluffy feathers fell from Phoebe’s flimsy fan.
  21. Rory’s lawn rake rarely rakes really right.
  22. Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
  23. She should shun the shinning sun.
  24. Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.
  25. She sold six shabby sheared sheep on ship.
  26. Mix a box of mixed biscuits with a boxed biscuit mixer.
  27. Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
  28. If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing
  29. The bottom of the butter bucket is the buttered bucket bottom.
  30. Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.
  31. Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
  32. Susie sits shinning silver shoes
  33. Little Lillian lets lazy lizards lie along the lily pads
  34. Does your sport shop stock short socks with spots?
  35. Many mumbling mice are making merry music in the moonlight.
  36. The boot black brought the black boot back.
  37. A synonym for cinnamon is a cinnamon synonym.
  38. Super-duper storm troopers whoop it up at Death Star groupers: helmet thrashing, rebel bashing, laser blasting at party poopers.
  39. Each Easter Eddie eats eighty Easter eggs.
  40. The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes
  41. Daddy Draws Doors
  42. No need to light a night-light on a light night like tonight.
  43. Green glass globes glow greenly .
  44. Clean clams crammed in clean cans
  45. A slimey snake slithered down the sandy sahara.
  46. She sees cheese.
  47. Bake big batches of bitter brown bread.
  48. Six socks sit in a sink, soaking in soap suds
  49. Shave a single shingle thin.
  50. I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.

You can of course just run through the list but why no make a game of it. Print the page, cut out each twister line and put them loosely in a bag. Go around the table and get each person to pull one twister out of the bag for their challenge. Depending on the age range of those playing or the difficulty of the twister, you can create mini challenges:

  • See how quickly someone can say their challenge correctly.
  • Try saying the twister over and over and count the number times it’s said before the user messes it up
  • Say the twister with a straight face, no laughing (this is harder than you think.
  • Play broken telephone, repeating the twister quietly to the person next to you and see what turns out in the end

You could also try your hand at making your own twisters. Do you have a favourite not on this list?

February 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , |79 Comments

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  1. humayra nasita February 29, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    my favorite was no.8. 8.Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy… was he???

  2. Martin r. Johnson March 31, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Freed flies feed on fries

    • Carrie Anne April 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Great addition Martin, thanks for adding. I’ll be sharing that one with my kids.

  3. Venkatesh Setty April 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Don’t trouble the trouble till the trouble trouble’s you. If you trouble the trouble, the trouble trouble’s you the double.

  4. Elsa April 13, 2016 at 7:16 am - Reply

    awesome i rlly love riddles and tongue twisters and i heart that i scream, u scream, we all scream for ice cream in shin-chan and u may add 2 toungue twisters. here they are:
    1: Shun the sunshine
    2: if a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose

  5. SARA May 1, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply


    • Carrie Anne May 3, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Great one Sara. I think I’ve heard that one before so a nice one to add to the list. Thanks for sharing

    • Hamza Sherif May 25, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

      very very old

      • Carrie Anne July 2, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

        And yet one I haven’t heard in a long time. 🙂
        Carrie Anne

  6. Brooke June 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    1.She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
    2.Which watch is which witches watch?
    3.Dan does work in Derick’s dark den.

    Hope these helped 🙂

  7. sandy June 6, 2016 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Here’s one :
    Betty bought some butter but the butter was so bitter so the Betty bought some butter butter to make the bitter butter better.

  8. Collette Newman June 26, 2016 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I like a couple of the twisters that others added & mentioned in the comments; However,
    My favorite from the list is:
    If you notice this notice
    You will notice this notice,
    is not worth noticing.

    • Carrie Anne June 28, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Like that addition Collette and it’s not one I’ve heard before. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Morris Boni July 9, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Limericks are also fun for learning ‘diction’ as you say. One famous limerick attributed to Ogden Nash goes like this, and it’s a bit of a tongue-twister, too:

    A flea and a fly in a flue
    Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
    Said the fly, “let us flee!”
    “Let us fly!” said the flea.
    So they fled through a flaw in the flue.

    • Carrie Anne July 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Great addition Morris. I have heard that one before too.

  10. Diane July 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Irish wrist watch

  11. Sam sarkar August 29, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Upper roller lower roller

    “Can you say it fast? “

    • Carrie Anne September 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      That’s a great one! Thanks for sharing Sam.

  12. Scott October 13, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Fred fried fresh fruit on Friday.
    Did Fred fry fresh fruit on Friday?
    If Fred fried fresh fruit on Friday?
    When on Friday did Fred fry fresh fruit?

    • Carrie Anne October 15, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Great one Scott. It reminds me of our Which Witch one we included in the video.

  13. rushi November 4, 2016 at 2:39 am - Reply

    She sells sea shells on the sea shore

  14. Andy November 14, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Keep trying to say it over and over again.
    Red lorry, yellow lorry, blue lorry
    Red lorry, yellow lorry, blue lorry …

  15. Ally Runyon November 19, 2016 at 6:08 am - Reply

    How about :


  16. Anonymous December 10, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Here’s one: Earth elf, earth elf, earth elf

  17. Peter December 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Slimy snakes snaked stormy seas

  18. Teresa December 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    #1 and #11 are the same.These are impossible for me I have a mild speech impediment and cant say sh or s easily. They are sometimes the same sound and I hate it. But I have said these all successfully!

  19. Chloe December 21, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Once a monkey met a monkey in a field of itches
    Said a monkey
    To a monkey
    Can a monkey
    Tell a monkey
    If a monkey itches

    • Carrie Anne January 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      How fun Chloe. One I’ve never heard before too. Nice!

  20. Shawn January 6, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    A big blue tig bird talked to tigger and pulled the big blue trigger. Say it ten times fast

  21. Sofia January 20, 2017 at 5:55 am - Reply

    I have one that my mom taught me this one:
    She sells seashells at the seashore, and the shells she sells are seashells am sure

  22. Nigel February 17, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper,
    Where’s the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?

    Betty Botter bought a bit of butter;
    “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter!
    If I put it in my batter
    It will make my batter bitter
    But a bit of better butter
    Will make my batter better.”
    So she bought a bit of butter
    Better than her bitter butter,
    Made her bitter batter better.
    So it was better Betty Botter
    Bought a bit of better butter.

    And a truly fiendish one:
    The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.

  23. Raahi February 19, 2017 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Hi…There’s one that I like which isn’t mentioned in the list. It goes like this……Betty bought some butter and made some batter ; but the butter was bitter so the batter become bitter. So Betty bought some more butter to make the bitter batter better.

    I like many of the twisters mentioned in the list and shared above too.

  24. Sean mclouphlin February 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply


  25. Zaakirah Patel March 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    You could add:
    Betty bought butter, but the butter was bitter so Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.

    She sells seas shell on the sea shore but the sea shells that she sells want from the sea shore.

    Red lorry, Yellow lorry, Red lorry, Yellow lorry, Red lorry, Yellow lorry

  26. kayla March 22, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

    sail boat 5-10 times maybe???

  27. Suhaylah April 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I did not see
    Peter piper picked a peck of pickled pepper, a peck of pickled peppers Peter piper picked.

  28. Leigha May 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Puple Payton pick a peck of puple picked of peppers

  29. Pooja prasad May 24, 2017 at 6:23 am - Reply

    I enjoyed reading tounge twisters I liked
    Toy boat, toy boat , toy boat
    Daddy draw doors
    I saw susie sitting on a shoe shine shop

    • Carrie Anne May 26, 2017 at 5:04 am - Reply

      Those last two are great and ones we haven’t tried yet. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Naveed zaman June 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kicthen

  31. Pneurd June 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Those were great. Here’s a toughie for mee:

    Red leather. Yellow leather.

    • Carrie Anne June 30, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Thanks for sharing. Sometimes it’s those seemingly each phrases that jumble up your tongue. 🙂

      Cheers, Carrie Anne

  32. Sara Shubhangni June 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Betty bought some butter
    The butter was bitter
    Betty bought some more butter
    To make the bitter butter better butter

    Hope this helped!!
    Nice tongue twisters by the way!

    • Carrie Anne June 30, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

      Thanks for your comment Sara and the great twister.

      Cheers, Carrie Anne

  33. Izzi June 28, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

    She sells sea shells at the sea sure

    Also I love 😍😍😍.8.fuzzy wazzy was a bear fuzzy wazzy had no hair fuzzy wazzy wasn’t fuzzy was he?😀😃😄😁😆😎💙❤️💛💜💚🖤💗💓💖💘💞❣️💕

  34. Carrie Anne July 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    That is a bit of a twister. Thanks for sharing.
    Carrie Anne

  35. Arokoola Emmanuel July 13, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    This is just too awesome

    Try this: My shoe shall soon shine

    • Carrie Anne July 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      That’s great Arkoola! I’ll have to test that one on the kids. Thanks for sharing.

      Cheers, Carrie Anne

  36. Brody July 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    One one was a race horse two two was one too when one one won one race two two won one too

  37. nitisha August 19, 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

    really enjoyed this.

  38. Catherine August 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Baby buggy bumper cars… say it 3 times fast.

    • Carrie Anne September 3, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

      oh a classic but somehow missed in this list. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Jorge September 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    He thrusts his fists against the posts and still he insists he sees the ghosts.

    • Carrie Anne September 3, 2017 at 6:12 am - Reply

      This is great. It seems so simple when said slowly but speed things up….Thanks for sharing.

  40. Roha October 21, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

    There was a car rally just like a lorry rally 🙂

  41. MARY BETH November 2, 2017 at 5:07 am - Reply


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  43. Sumati Thukral November 9, 2017 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Loved the 8th one .Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy… was he???

  44. Arianne November 17, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Love your riddles and tongue twisters
    So fun with the family💁🏻

  45. Steve December 10, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    How about: Crunchy Cub Country Club

  46. PHILIPODJ December 12, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Free flight from florida to france

    (repeat it for 5 times)

  47. Dejah Anderson December 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Somewhat how ‘Toy boat, Toy boat, Toy boat’ was the hardest for me and my dad 🙂 and I love these Toung twisters, great job!

    • Carrie Anne December 29, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

      It’s a mouthful for me too and it seems so simple! Thanks for your comment. Glad you are enjoying these.

  48. LittleJ92 January 1, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    1. 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

    2.Betty Botter bought some butter
    But she said the butter’s bitter
    If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
    But a bit of better butter will make my batter better
    So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter

    3. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

    Have Fun!

  49. Jillian Holtesman January 7, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    I saw this one up there but I didn’t see the answer:

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

    A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

    • Carrie Anne January 14, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

      You are correct, the initial question and answer form a great tongue twister together. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Sara January 30, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I liked the riddles, but I didn’t quite understand “toy boat, toy boat, toy boat.”

    • Carrie Anne February 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      It’s a tongue twister Sara. It sounds simple but try saying it fast. We tried it in our video.

  51. AlexisNicholson February 1, 2018 at 6:08 am - Reply

    My hard toung twister for me was peter piper picket a peck of pepepres

  52. Louse M. February 3, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy has no hair, Fuzzy Wuzzy didn’t care until he lost his underwear.

  53. hey!!:) February 7, 2018 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Cool riddles!!!

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