From ‘101 Drama Games and Activities’

Age: 7 to adult
Players: Whole Group
Time: 10 minutes
Skills: Vocal warm-up, concentration

A tongue twister and concentration game

The idea is to synchronise the chanting of a tongue twister to a rhythm and action as accurately as possible. Everybody needs to learn the following tongue twister. The underlined letters indicate the rhythm.

Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said, “This butter’s bitter.
But a bit of better butter
Better than the bitter butter,
That would make my batter better.”

Now get everybody doing the Slap Clap Click Click rhythm together. If you work it out, you can say each line of the tongue twister to the 4/4 rhythm.

Slap = slap your knees
Clap = clap your hands
Click = click the finger and thumb of one hand
Click = click the finger and thumb of the other hand

  • If students can’t click their fingers they could pat their shoulders or stamp their feet for the last two beats

Try to keep the rhythm constant and don’t be afraid of starting again if it all goes wrong. If you get really good you could also learn the second part of the tongue twister:

So she bought some better butter
Better than the bitter butter
And it made her batter better
So ’twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter.

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  • Teach the rhyme to everyone line by line. They should repeat each line back. If it is a large group, mute the microphones
  • You can ask individuals to try one or two lines with their mics unmuted for everyone to hear
  • When they have learnt the words, get them to practice the movements as though they are playing with a partner
  • Lead them through the words and movements together. It may be best to mute all the microphones at this point!

Teaching Tip

Make sure you can do this really well before you teach it!


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