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Valentine’s Day Tongue Twisters

by | Feb 14, 2020 | Core Skills

Roses are red, violets are blue. We love tongue twisters, we hope you do too!

This Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share one of our great loves – tongue twisters! Keep reading to discover four funny valentine tongue twisters and our insights into how they can help your child learn to read.

Tongue Twisters are Fun!

At Begin, we know that learning can be fun and kids learn best when that learning comes in the form of play. Did you know that when your child is giggling over a funny and challenging tongue twister, they are actually building foundational reading skills? Tongue twisters are a great way to show kids that taking time to memorize and master a new skill can be fun!

Tongue Twisters Are a Literacy Workout

Tongue twisters aren’t just fun, they encourage us to focus on the sounds in the words we are saying and carefully enunciate them. If your child hasn’t started reading yet, the ability to isolate the individual sounds in words (a.k.a. phonemes) is a key skill that helps kids start sounding out words.

Tongue Twisters Train Your Memory

Tongue twisters help kids practice learning and memorizing new information. Memorization is an important skill for learning sight words. If you’ve ever tried to remember a password or pin code, you’ll know that the ability to retain and recall information is useful throughout your entire life!

Tongue Twisters are Vocabulary Building

When you were little, did you learn the tongue twister “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers”? Did you know “what a peck of pickled peppers” were? Maybe you memorized these words and then as you got older realized through context that a peck refers to a quantity, even if you don’t know what that quantity is. (Don’t worry if you still don’t know, no one uses that measurement anymore!)

Try out these tongue twisters with your child and then start making up some of your own! Share it with us on Instagram by using #kidpoweredlearning!


Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos
Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos

Chief Learning Officer at Begin

Jody has a Ph.D. in Developmental Science and more than a decade of experience in the children’s media and early learning space.