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 that are difficult to pronounce are combined with the aim of mistaking those who pronounce them. Without a doubt, it is a very fun game to entertain at home that also brings many benefits to children.
Benefits of tongue twisters:
They expand the vocabulary. Tongue twisters are a perfect exercise for children to learn new words and their meanings. It will also help you differentiate between 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 avoid 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 corroborated by a study carried out at the Salesian Polytechnic University.
They train the memory. Learning a tongue twister by memory is the best strategy to avoid 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 you to remember the different terms used in each sentence.
Some fun tongue twisters are:
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 that Peter Piper picked?