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Exercises for warming up facial muscles [1]

Short description

Train the different muscle parts involved in speech


LanguageSpeech and pronunciation

Group size



Corks for each child (if possible)


2 minutes per exercise



Goal of this exercise is improving

  • articulation.

  • function of the muscles of the articulation organs.

Relaxation and strengthening of the lip and tongue muscles is promoted. Children should consciously perceive their mouth as an "instrument" and recognise 


Lip and tongue muscle training consists of a series of exercises in 5 parts.

Children sit relaxed in their seats or in a circle. The teacher gives instructions for the exercises.

We make faces
Make the most exaggerated and fancy faces possible! I will show you how I mean this. You try to imitate my grimace. Who among you has another idea? - Show us the grimace! I'm imitating them!

Brush your teeth
Imagine everyone has an imaginary toothbrush in their hand and now we are brushing our teeth very carefully. When you're done, we'll slacken our faces, grin and snort like a horse.

Tongue circling
Close your eyes! Now focus on the tip of your tongue! Start circling in the oral cavity, past the inside of the upper incisors, the cheek, the inside of the lower lip (or the inside of the lower incisors, past the other cheek and back to the upper incisors. Do the circles very carefully and place imagine exactly what your tongue is doing at each moment!

Wipe the windows
Mouth is slightly open this time, lips are loose. The tip of the tongue moves quickly back and forth between the two corners of the mouth like a windshield wiper - from left to right and back again.

Speaking "against the thumb"
The group agrees on a sentence or utterance that twists tongues (e.g., red cabbage is red cabbage and a wedding dress is a wedding dress)

Now each child takes a plug (or thumb) between their front teeth. Now say the agreed sentence together. You must pronounce each word extremely clearly and to the last sound.

The exercises train the facial muscles involved in speech, which is why the whole face should always be massaged and kneaded before starting and to relax between exercises.

Background information for further reading

Anatomy and Neuroscience

Linguistic structures


Speech functions

Cognition and consciousness

Processes of perception

Learning Fundamentals

Early language learning

Rhythm and rhythmicity

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