Funny Tongue Twisters for Kids (and Grown-ups!)

Tired of Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, and looking for some funny tongue twisters for kids? This read-aloud list of tongue-twisters is sure to tickle the funny bone, and leave your mouth twisted in knots!

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Funny Tongue Twisters for Kids (and Grown-ups!)

1Orangutan Tongs

Artwork: Jon Agee

An orangutan went into Wong’s.
He ordered the pork and the prawns.
But he can’t eat pork with a knife and a fork,
So they brought the orangutan tongs.
They brought the orangutan tongs.

The Next day it happened at Kong’s.
He ordered the prunes and the prawns.
But he couldn’t eat prunes and prawns,
So they brought the orangutan tongs.
Orangutan tongs, orangutan tone,
They brought the orangutan tongs.

About the poem

From Jon Agee’s fabulous book, Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue.

2The Butter Betty Bought

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
That will make my batter better.
So, she bought a bit of butter
Better than her bitter butter,
and she put it in her batter
and the batter was not bitter.

So, ’twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter.

About the Betty Botter Tongue Twister

The poem was originally written by Carolyn Wells, and published in The Jingle Book in 1899.

3Ned Not and Sam Shott

Ned Nott was shot and Sam Shott was not.
So it is better to be Shott than Nott.

Some say Nott was not shot.
But Shott says he shot Nott.
Either the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot,
Or Nott was shot.

If the shot Shott shot shot Nott, Nott was shot.
But if the shot Shott shot shot Shott,
Then Shott was shot, not Nott.

However, the shot Shott shot shot not Shott, but Nott.

4How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck,
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.

And the twister answer:

A woodchuck would chuck
As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood

And the real answer: Biologists estimate a woodchuck can chuck about 700 pounds!

Artwork Lucas Poisson|CC

About the Woodchuck Tongue Twister

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?  Probably every child’s most favorite tongue twister, the woodchuck tongue twister originated from the 1902 musical called The Runaways, in a song called “The Woodchuck Song.”

You should also earn a few giggles with the groundhog version: How much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground?

5What Annoys an Oyster?

What annoys an oyster?
What annoys an oyster?
Any noise annoys an oyster,
But a noisy noise annoys an oyster most.

About the Oyster Tongue Twister

Once used in a Guinness Beer Ad, their answer to what annoys an oyster was waiting for their drink!

Frank Crumit recorded a crazy tune in 1930 called What Kind of Noise Annoys an Oyster?, roughly based on the tongue twister.

6A Proper Copper Coffee Pot

Artwork ahmed amjad|CC

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!

7She Sells Sea-Shells

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.

About She Sells Sea Shells Tongue Twister

The She Sells is credited to Terry Sullivan from 1908, based on the world’s hardest tongue twister:

The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.

The Seething Sea sentence was called “the most difficult of common English-language tongue-twisters” by American wordsmith William Poundstone in 1990.

8She Is a Thistle Sifter

She is a thistle sifter
and she has a sieve of sifted thistles,
and a sieve of unsifted thistles,
and the sieve of unsifted thistles
she sieves into the sieve of sifted thistles.
because she is a thistle sifter.

9Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear

Artwork Madi Ray|CC

Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy was she?

10Peter Piper Picked a Peck

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

Here’s another verse to learn, from Ira Trapani’s book, Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
But Patty Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers quicker.
Into a pickled pepper pot she packed the pack of peppers,
For Patty was a quicker pickled pepper packer-picker.

About the Peter Piper Tongue Twister

Too easy for you? Add “off a pewtered plate.” After each line!

11Wet Water

Walter Witter called a waiter: “Waiter, over here!
I want some water, waiter. Water, waiter! Is that clear?

The waiter brought some water. Walter Witter shouted: “WRONG!
This water’s really watered-down! I like my water strong

The waiter brought more water. Walter Witter was upset.
“This water’s dry!” said Walter. “I like my water wet!

Bring me wetter water, waiter!” Walter Witter said.
The waiter brought a pitcherful and poured it on his head.”

About the Wet Water Poem

Wet Water is another great tongue-twister from Jon Agee’s book, Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue.

12The Cure for Hiccups Tongue Twister

When a Twister a twisting, will twist him a twist;
For the twisting of his twist, he three times doth intwist;
But if one of the twines of the twist do untwist,
The twine that untwisteth, untwisteth the twist.

Untwirling the twine that untwisteth between,
He twirls, with the twister, the two in a twine:
Then twice having twisted the twines of the twine
He twisteth the twine he had twined in twain.

The twain that, in twining, before in the twine,
As twines were intwisted; he now doth untwine:
‘Twixt the twain inter-twisting a twine more between,
He, twirling his twister, makes a twist of the twine.

About The Cure for Hiccups Twister

From Dr. Wallis’s Grammatica Linguæ Anglicanæ written in 1653, this twister was said to be certain cure for the hiccups if repeated all in one breath.

13Some Wee-Bit Crude and Rude Tongue Twisters

Artwork: Jon Agee

One Smart Fellow

One smart feller; he felt smart.
Two smart fellers; they felt smart.
Three smart fellers; they all felt smart.

I Slit a Sheet

I slit the sheet,
the sheet I slit,
and on the slitted sheet I sit.

About crude tongue twisters

Every funny list of tongue twisters for kids must include a little potty humor. But be careful saying these…enough said!

14Mixed Biscuits

A box of mixed biscuits is always a treat.
Mixed biscuits are tasty! Mixed biscuits are sweet!
You offer mixed biscuits, and people will say:
“Mixed biscuits! Mixed biscuits! Mixed biscuits, hooray!”

15Five Festive Friars

Five festive Franciscan friars
Failed to fry flat fat flounder fish.
Funny friars!

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So, What is a Tongue Twister, anyway?

Tongue twisters are a sequence of words that are difficult to pronounce correctly, particularly when speaking quickly.

Some tongue-twisters are meant to be humorous when the speaker makes mistakes and the words are mispronounced. Some are nonsensical, while others are filled with wit and snark for their amusement value.

How did we choose this list of funny tongue twisters for kids?  Well, we just measured their laughter!!