Alliteration happens when words that start with the same sound (not just the same letter) are used repeatedly in a phrase or sentence. The sound is usually a consonant and the words don't have to be right next to one another.
One of the fun features of alliteration is when it becomes a tongue twister. Get ready to bring on some giggles as you explore these alliteration examples for kids.
Note that alliteration does not depend on letters but on sounds, so "Kim came" is alliteration, even though the the words start with different letters.
Reading or listening to alliteration in nursery rhymes and stories are fun and entertaining for children. They can also help kids develop memory skills and phonics awareness.
"Three grey geese in a green field grazing. Grey were the geese and green was the grazing."
- "Three Grey Geese," 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, 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," Carolyn Wells
"My counters and cupboards were completely cleared of carrot cake, cornbread and crackers."
- Betty's Burgled Bakery, Travis Nichols
"Slowly the slug started up the steep surface, stringing behind it scribble sparkling like silk."
- Some Smug Slug, Pamela Duncan Edwards
Here are some fun tongue-twister examples. Try saying them quickly!
Here are examples of alliteration in brand names and cartoon characters:
So, alliteration is an exciting way to illustrate major points and make names memorable. Teaching kids to incorporate this into their creative writing is a fabulous way to spark a lifelong love for the written word.
When you're ready, we hope you'll continue the journey with more Alliteration Examples. And, when it's time for completely new heights, maybe you'll even sprinkle in a few Examples of Alliteration Poems.