Alliteration Examples for Kids

Alliteration happens when words that start with the same sound are used close together in a phrase or sentence. The sound is usually a consonant and the words don’t have to always be right next to one another.
One of the fun features of alliteration is when it becomes a tongue twister.

Examples of Alliteration

Here are some examples:
  • Come and clean your closet.
  • The big bad bear attacked all the little bunnies in the forest.
  • Shut the shutter before it makes you shudder.
  • Go and gather the green leaves in the lawn.
  • Please put your pen away and play the piano.
  • Round and round she ran until she realized she was running round and round.
  • Out with the only open tin of tuna.
  • I had to hurry home because grandma wanted her waffles.
  • The baron was busy as a bee.
  • Garry gathered the garbage.
  • Lazy lizards lying like lumps!
  • Paula planted the petunias in the pot.
  • Kim comes to cut colorful kites.
  • Boil the butter and bring it by the bank.
  • Orson’s owl out-performed ostriches.
  • Larry’s lizard likes leaping leopards.

Examples of Alliteration in Literature

  • Three grey geese in a green field grazing. Grey were the geese and green was the grazing. – Three Grey Geese by Mother Goose
  • Great Aunt Nellie and Brent Bernard who watch with wild wonder at the wide window as the beautiful birds begin to bite into the bountiful birdseed. – Thank-You for the Thistle by Dorie Thurston
  • Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said, this 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. – Betty Botter by Carolyn Wells
  • 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” by Mother Goose
  • I need not your needles, They’re needless to me, For kneading of needles, Were needless, you see; But did my neat trousers, But need to be kneed, I then should have need of your needles indeed. – Baker’s Reply to the Needle Salesmanby unknown

Alliteration Tongue Twisters

Here are examples:
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
  • A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.
  • Black bug bit a big black bear. But where is the big black bear that the big black bug bit?
  • Sheep should sleep in a shed.
  • I saw a saw that could out saw any other saw I ever saw.
  • A big bug bit the little beetle but the little beetle bit the big bug back.
  • Show Shawn Sharon’s shabby shoes.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck; If a woodchuck would chuck wood? A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck; If a woodchuck would chuck wood.
  • Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep. The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed shilly-shallied south. These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack.

Alliteration in Names

Here are examples of alliteration in brand names and famous people
  • Chuckee Cheese’s
  • Coca-Cola
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Porky Pig
  • Fred Flintstone
  • Donald Duck
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Seattle Seahawks

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