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Try out and learn tongue twisters. They are designed to get your tongue in a muddle, so have a laugh when they go wrong. If your child practises a tongue twister, it might boost their confidence to recite aloud in front of family or friends.
Tongue twisters are funny, but they can also help a child's speech development. Tongue twisters usually rely on the repetition of similar sounds, sometimes combined with ones that are just a little bit different. They can help your child notice little differences between the pronunciation of different letters - like the letters p and b. And tongue twisters have to be said clearly, so they may help a child who tends to slur sounds together.
Let your child have a go at two classic tongue twisters below. Start by reading each one slowly and clearly. Gradually speed up and learn the twister by heart.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
And 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?
She sells sea shells on the sea shore.
The shells she sells are sea shells, I’m sure.
And if she sells sea shells on the sea shore,
Then I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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