How to Teach a Child to Whistle

By Kathryn Hatter
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Watching an adult pucker up and whistle can fascinate a child. Making musical sounds with the lips may seem simple, but the process involves specific positioning of the lips and tongue before blowing gently to create the melodious sounds. With patience, you can help your child learn how to whistle. Once he gains the basics of the skill, he may advance and learn how to whistle tunes.

Step 1

Show your child how to make a pucker position with her lips. The position of the lips to say the “ooooo” sound is the same position for whistling, states whistling expert Linda Parker Hamilton.

Step 2

Help your child with the position of his tongue for making a whistling sound. Show him how to curve his tongue comfortably in his mouth so the tip curves down slightly, behind but not touching his top front teeth. He might rest the bottom of his tongue on his bottom front teeth for proper tongue positioning.

Step 3

Demonstrate the gentle blowing technique after placing the lips and tongue in the correct position. The tongue helps move the air through the mouth and out the lips to create the whistling sound. Your youngster may need to practice to get a whistling sound.

Step 4

Suggest moving the tongue slightly to vary the pitch of the whistle, once your child masters a standard whistling sound. Repositioning the tongue forward in the mouth will create a higher whistle and shifting the tongue backward in the mouth will create lower whistle sounds.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.