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What Happened to Peter Piper’s Pickled Peppers?

We all know about Peter Piper and the pickled peppers he picked but have you ever wondered what happened to those pickled peppers? Read on to find out and then get your class to create some alliterating tongue twister stories of their own.

Alliterating Tongue Twisters

This entertaining video from HISHE Kids will tell you, in detail, the whole sorry plot!

And, afterwards we have some ideas you might want to explore with your class.

What Next?

The Peter Piper rhyme we all know contains these four lines:

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 Peter Piper picked?

Show the children the first line and ask them to change it, one word at a time, to produce a new twister based on a fresh key letter. So:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

might become

Mary Mucker mixed a mess of muddy mangoes

or

Betty Bairstow baked a batch of buttery biscuits

Blog post from Goodeyedeers - Why Don't We Alliterate?

Adaptation of the original’s remaining three lines becomes a fun grammar exercise.

Mary Mucker mixed a mess of muddy mangoes.
A mess of muddy mangoes Mary Mucker mixed.
If Mary Mucker mixed a mess of muddy mangoes,
Where’s the mess of muddy mangoes Mary Mucker mixed?

If you are feeling adventurous then the next step is to answer the question. ‘Where is the mess of muddy mangoes Mary Mucker mixed?’ Or ‘Where’s the batch of buttery biscuits Betty Bairstow baked?”

To tell your tale you might need some other characters and definitely a villain or two. Maybe – Mysterious Micky Mitchell or Brainy Brenda Brixton.

Here are some great opportunities to pick up that dictionary and go word hunting!

I hope we have given you a few ideas to go and try out with your class.

Have fun!

David and Mike from Goodeyedeers,

If you would like a PowerPoint lesson and teacher’s notes to do more work on tongue twisters with your children check out ‘Tongue Twisters To Tickle The Tonsils’  or ‘Times Table Tongue Twisters’ at The Goodeyedeers Shop.

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A writer of short stories.

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