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A friend suggested to me that an old-fashioned pastime called "Tongue Twisters" might be of interest to carers who are looking for a short time activity which would be suited to people of all ages and interests.

Here are 3 "Tongue Twisters" that my friend gave me to try:

  1. Red leather, Yellow leather.
  2. Mother Mingle makes wax matches.
  3. At Mr Smith's fresh fish shop, she's welcoming him in.

Try saying each of these phrases at least 3 times as fast as possible. It won't take long before your tongue becomes twisted, and you'll be surprised how much it can make people laugh.

If you like the idea, please let me know, and my friend Joy will be more than happy to come up with a few more Tongue Twisters.

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Donald 30th May 2023 Activities Aide
No one can say friends fly free 5 times fast
Talita 5th Jun 2023
hahaha, I love it. Impossible!
Robin 23rd Aug 2021 Activity Director
I have created my own tongue twisters about my residents- in Memory care....
I have them brainstorm alliteration words- using their first name, then we add in rhyming words, then I pick and choose which words I want to make a fun tongue twister/ story.... I don't remember all of them anymore but something like:

'Mean momma Margaret had a mountain of money. She paid her mean minion monkeys to monitor her mountain'

Mary, Mary Quite Contary couldn't decide who to marry. should she marry Harry, Barry or Larry? She couldn't marry Larry, he was too hairy. she couldn't marry Barry. He was too full of hot air-y. I guess she'll have to marry Harry."

Susan 23rd Aug 2021 Activity Director
Hi Robin
Thanks for sharing this
Talita 29th Aug 2021
So funny Robin!! Thanks for sharing x
Nancy 13th Mar 2019 Diversional Therapists
My residents love this tongue twisters a lot of fun
Talita 17th Mar 2019
I love them too Nancy! They are so much fun!
Solange 15th Nov 2016 Diversional Therapist
Hi Susan, thank you for your contribution. Best wishes.
Jenny 26th Oct 2016 Diversional Therapist
So funny, I must try these soon, I am still laughing.
Talita 31st Oct 2016
love to hear how it goes!
Lynette 5th Nov 2015 Liaison Officer
These are brilliant, I remember the horse one, it was told to me by my Auntie many years ago. I love them all. it creats laughter and togetherness spirit. Thank you .
John 15th Oct 2014 Semi-retired
Hi Everyone.
Here are a few more Tongue Twisters from my friend Joy:
(1) The sixth sheik's sixth sheep's sick
(2) Six thick thistle sticks
(3) Whistle for the thistle sister
(4) A tin of mixed biscuits in a mixed biscuit tin
(5) Rick's a cricket cricket
(6) It's an Irish wrist watch
(7) Two tiny orangutan tongues
(8) Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better
(9) The shells she sells are seashore shells I'm sure
(10) The sea ceaseth, and it sufficeth us

Heres a couple of longer Tongue Twisters:
(1) Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?
(2) A tutor tried to tutor two flute tooters to toot. - Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?

Now try this:
Ask someone to spell S.H.O.P. three times.
Then ask them: What do you do at a green light?
They will invariably answer: Stop!
The answer is of course Go!

Here's a strange spelling situation:
MACNAB spells McNab
MACBETH spells Macbeth
MACCANN spells McCann
MACHINE spells Machine. Does this make sense to you? It should spell McHine.

Last one for this week:

1 1 was one racehourse.
and 2 2 was one too
1 1 won one race and
and 2 2 won one too

or you could say;

1 1 was 1 racehorse
and 2 2 was 1 2
1 1 1 1 race,
and 2 2 1 1 2.

All the best
Susan 14th Nov 2016
here's some very old English ones:-

I went into a felt shop
and bought a piece of felt
the piece of felt I felt
doesn't feel like any piece of felt I felt before.

Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear
Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair
Fuzzy wuzzy wasn't fuzzy was he?

Sister Suzie sews silk shirts for sailors
The sailors would sooner sit on thistles than
wear the silk shirts sister Suzie sews

She sells sea shells on the sea shore
the shells she sells are sea shells I am sure!

Kim 3rd Oct 2014 Activites coordinator
You are so welcome John...so love our residents, and spend hours and hours trying to find new and fun stuff for them...they are all so precious...and consider all of them my family! I love to sew and started a sewing club. OWLS (older wiser lovelier souls) our facility has a bazaar in November, bring in local vendors so residents and family can purchase Christmas gifts.Owls will have their own booth....I do all of the sewing, but make it a social event..they love to see the finished products...have made lots of christmas stockings, walker tote bags etc.. all proceeds will go back into our community...I was bringing my own machine..but God love the facility..they bought one for our activity department, after the bazaar will continue to sew and have a drawing for the project completed for residents attending...so much fun!
John 4th Sep 2014 Semi-retired
Hi Kim
You have saved someone a lot of work, and done us all a big favour.
Thanks a LOT!!!
Kim 4th Sep 2014 Activites coordinator
pages and pages of tongue twisters

John 26th Aug 2014 Semi-retired
Just got these requests for more Tongue Twisters.
I will post a few more as soon as I can.
Thanks for the feedback.
Heather 26th Aug 2014 Diversional Therapist
love the tongue twisters. More Please!!
Robyn 18th Aug 2014 Diversional Therapist
Oh yes - that is good - more would be great!
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