Tongue Twisters for Warm Ups
As part of my warm up in theatre classes with young people, I love to use tongue twisters. Here are some of my favorites.
I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream
Birdie, birdie in the sky, laid a turdie in my eye
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, a peck of pickles peppers Peter Piper picked, If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
I thought a thought, But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought. If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought, I wouldn’t have thought so much.
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread. Spread it thick, say it quick!
A big black bug bit a big black bear
Freshly fried fresh flesh.
Once you have introduced the tongue twisters, you can do some variation with them.
Say the tongue twister normally
Speak the tongue twister as slowly as you can without laughing
Perform the tongue twister with a funny accent
Say the tongue twister as fast as you can, then try and say it faster
With a partner, have each person say every other work, going back and forth.
Do you have any great tongue twisters you like? Comment below! Let me know how these work for you.