Alliteration is fun no matter what age you are. They can be as blue and as crass as your mind desires, but for children, they can be a window into wonder and can really generate a love and passion for language.
Children need to be entertained almost constantly and if it is not engaging, then the child will naturally become bored and wish to move on. So how exactly do you make alliteration fun for children?
Well, as alliteration is the use of the same consonant sounds in words that are near each other, they can generate a sound that is almost absurd, and therefore comedic and entertaining.
One of the most popular examples of alliteration that children enjoy is tongue twisters. Tongue twisters, as you can guess by the name, gets your tongue into all kinds of trouble when it comes to speaking quickly because the repetition of alliterations and similar sounds quite literally tie your tongue (well, not literally, but you get the picture.)
From an educational perspective, alliteration serves to really improve a child’s grasp of the phonetic alphabet skills, as well as having a tremendous effect on their level of concentration and memory.
Below are a collection of alliteration examples that will be perfect for children and adults alike.
Alliteration Examples for Kids
Betty Botter by Mother Goose
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
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
Three Grey Geese by Mother Goose
Three grey geese in a green field grazing,
Grey were the geese and green was the grazing.
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
The Football Game by Alan Loren
Blitz and blocking, bump –and-run
Drive and drop kick, the other team’s done
End zone, end line, ebb and flow
Snap, sack, scrambling, I love it so
Football is fun and fabulous too
Let’s go to the stadium, just me and you
Eat Wisely by Alan Loren
Franks and fries, and French fondue
Beans and burgers and biscuits too
Chicken, chili, and cheddar cheese
When I munch too much, I always sneeze!
Drumming by Alan Loren
For days and days, the drummers drum
From five AM till fun is done
Then once more they beat their drums
At nine PM their knuckles numb
A certain young fellow named Beebee
Wished to marry a lady named Phoebe
“But,” he said. “I must see
What the minister’s fee be
Before Phoebe be Phoebe Beebee”
If one doctor doctors another doctor
Does the doctor who doctors the doctor
Doctor the doctor the way the doctor he is doctoring doctors?
Or does the doctor doctor the way
The doctor who doctors doctors?
The doctoring doctor doctors the doctor the way
The doctoring doctor wants to doctor the doctor.
Not the way the doctored doctor wants to be doctored.
Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw
Before Soar saw See,
Which made Soar sore.
Had Soar seen See’s saw
Before See sawed Soar’s seesaw,
See’s saw would not have sawed
So See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw.
But it was sad to see Soar so sore
Just because See’s saw sawed
If Freaky Fred Found Fifty Feet of Fruit
And Fed Forty Feet to his Friend Frank
How many Feet of Fruit did Freaky Fred Find?
A tree toad loved a she-toad
Who lived up in a tree.
He was a two-toed tree toad
But a three-toed toad was she.
The two-toed tree toad tried to win
The three-toed she-toad’s heart,
For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground
That the three-toed tree toad trod.
But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.
He couldn’t please her whim.
From her tree toad bower
With her three-toed power
The she-toad vetoed him
Another fantastic activity for children is the use of Alphabetic Tongue Twisters. By taking turns, the children will progress through the letters of the alphabet to construct tongue twisters. This process is great in that it utilises sounds that children can further develop their audio processing, plus the element of competition keeps children on their toes and engages their creative processing.
Here are my examples throughout the entire alphabet:
A: An awesome aardvark.
B: Bald Billy began bellowing.
C: Chris Carter carried canned carrots.
D: Dangerous Dan devoured Dixy’s dishes.
E: Enormous Ernie entangles every Easter.
F: Fredrick Finkle flicked featherless fowls.
G: Gemma Grey’s goose gobbled several globules of grub.
H: Hungry Harry Henderson handed Harriett Harman hundreds of hourglasses.
I: Igor’s incredible inquiry impressed the inspector.
J: Jane Jenkins’ jellies jiggled during Judge Judy’s judgement.
K: Kelly Kite kicked King Kevin.
L: Lemmy licked lemon lollypops.
M: Moaning Mindy might moan more this morning.
N: Norman Newton nearly kneed Nora Nate’s napkins.
O: Oswald Osborne observed optical illusions openly.
P: Penelope Pitstop’s people partied pleasantly.
Q: Quaid quacked quietly.
R: Robert Reed read rigorous reports regularly.
S: Stewart Smith sailed silently along the sea shore.
T: Timothy Tittle turned towards Tudor Towers, towing tons of traditional turtles.
U: Ursula untangled unbridled urns.
V: Victor Vice’s victory vanquished the villainous Vernon Verity’s venomous vipers.
W: William Wallace wiggled worrying when Wendy Winkle winked.
X: Xerophytes and Xylophones are in Xavier’s Xenia, Xaviera’s Xylo and Xanthus’s Xenon.
Y: Yang yelled yesterday.
Z: Zeus’ zebra zig-zagged in the zoo.
Alliteration is incredibly simple, however, as you can see when you try it with children yourself, the benefits are superb and can really engage with a child’s natural imaginative processes in a fun and constructive way.