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C Words for Kids

Want some help coming up with some common C words for kids? If so, grab your coffee and I will give you some clever and creative words that begin with C.

These C words for kids will be a charming addition to your kid’s vocabulary. From cocoa and cupcakes to candy and crayons, I’ve got C word lists for preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and advanced.

But that’s not all. There are also other C word lists for foods, places, animals, and objects that belong with C. As well as, Ch words, three-letter C words and four-letter C words for kids.

One more thing before we get cracking, make sure you get the free printable C Words for Kids Learning Pack that is available at the end.

What are the Sounds of C

The letter C can make two sounds: A hard /c/ sound as in: can, car, cope AND a soft C sound (/s/) as in: cent, cyst, and city. The C is soft if it come before an i, e, or y. Otherwise it makes the hard /c/ sound.

The Sounds of C:

  • Hard C says /c/ as in: cat, comb, candy
  • Soft C says /s/ as in: cent, city, cyst

Note: there are also common letter combinations for letter C. These letter combinations for letter C include: cl, cr, ck, ch.

C Words for Preschool

Preschool is a wonderful time to learn letter C, as well as, easy C words that demonstrate the hard /c/ sound. (Start with the hard /c/ sound first, so your preschooler is not overwhelmed with multiple letter sounds at this point.)

*Need more help with letter recognition, letter sounds, prewriting, for your preschooler? Check out these resources: Printable Preschool Learning FolderPreschool Daily Skill Builder, and Prewriting Book 1.

Here are some easy C words for preschool:

Words that begin with C for Preschool:

  • Cat – The cat purred while she sat in my lap.
  • Can – There is a can of green beans in the pantry.
  • Cake – My mom makes the best chocolate cake.
  • Coat – My coat keeps me warm.
  • Camp – I am going to summer camp.
  • Corn – Corn tastes good with butter and salt.
  • Clap – Clap your hands for the winners!
  • Carrot – I gave my horse a carrot.
  • Camera – Jane takes beautiful pictures with her new camera.
  • Clouds – The clouds are fluffy and white.
  • Candy – I got lots of candy at the parade.

C Words for Kindergarten

Learning a variety of words for each letter of the alphabet is really beneficial in building a well-rounded vocabulary. With that being said, here are some easy C words for kindergarten:

Do your kids need more practice with letter recognition, beginning and ending sounds, and early reading? If so, check out this printable Kindergarten Daily Skill Builder.

Words that begin with C for Kindergarten:

  • Cow – We milk our cow every morning.
  • Car – Our family has a red car.
  • Cup – I filled my cup with apple juice.
  • Cap – My baseball cap is dark blue.
  • Cone – Bill ordered a strawberry ice cream cone.
  • Cage – The bird had a swing in her cage.
  • Card – I wrote a birthday card for my cousin Sal.
  • Crab – The crab crawled back into the water.
  • Clock – Look at the clock and tell me what time it is.
  • Clothes – Your clothes look like they are getting to small for you.
  • Catch – I will throw the ball and you catch it.
  • Castle – The princess lived in a castle.
  • Camel – A camel is a fascinating animal.
  • Cookies – There are three cookies left.
  • Candy – I didn’t eat too much candy.

Words that end with C for Kindergarten:

  • Music – I like to listen to all types of music.
  • Sync – I need to sync my devices.
  • Zinc – My mom takes zinc when she starts to feel unwell.
  • Disc – The disc was scratched and we couldn’t use it anymore.
  • Arc – The rainbow made a stunning arc in the sky.

Three Letter C Words for Beginning Readers

Three letter C words and four letter C words are great for preschoolers, kindergartners, and early readers . These easy short C word options will come in handy for building kids phonemic awareness as well as sight word repertoire.

Three letter C Words for Kids

  • Cab
  • Cad
  • Can
  • Cap
  • Car
  • Cat
  • Caw
  • Cod
  • Con
  • Cop
  • Cow
  • Cox

Four letter C Words for Kids

  • Cabs
  • Cafe
  • Cage
  • Cake
  • Calf
  • Call
  • Calm
  • Came
  • Come
  • Camp
  • Cane
  • Coil
  • Coin
  • Coma
  • Cook
  • Comb
  • Cute
  • Cans
  • Cape
  • Capo
  • Caps
  • Card
  • Care
  • Carp
  • Cars
  • Cart
  • Case
  • Cash
  • Coax
  • Code
  • Cool
  • Coop
  • Copy
  • Curd
  • Cast
  • Cats
  • Cave
  • Cell
  • Cent
  • Chat
  • Chef
  • Chew
  • Chip
  • Chop
  • Chow
  • Coal
  • Coat
  • Core
  • Cork
  • Cost
  • Cyst
  • Chug
  • Chum
  • City
  • Clad
  • Clam
  • Clan
  • Clip
  • Clap
  • Claw
  • Clog
  • Club
  • Clue
  • Clot
  • Crab
  • Cram
  • Crib
  • Cuff

Ch Words for Kids

There are many Ch words for kids that can also be include in your list of words that begin with C. Here are some of the more common Ch words for kids:

Ch Words for Kids:

  • Chain
  • Chair
  • Chalk
  • Chance
  • Chant
  • Chap
  • Chapter
  • Charcoal
  • Charge
  • Chill
  • Charity
  • Charm
  • Chart
  • Chat
  • Cheap
  • Cheat
  • Check
  • Cheek
  • Cheer
  • Chore
  • Cheese
  • Cheetah
  • Cherry
  • Chew
  • Check
  • Chief
  • Child
  • Chip
  • Chop
  • Chum

C Words for Elementary Students

Building your students knowledge of C words as they get into the elementary years will impact their writing and speaking skills, as well as, their confidence. Check out some of these C words for elementary students ideas:

C Words for Elementary Students:

  • Cat – We have a black and gray cat named Oscar.
  • Cow – The cow is ready to be milked.
  • Can – Will you open this can of green beans?
  • Chair – Sit down in the chair.
  • Cup – Father handed me a cup of coffee.
  • Copy – Here is a copy of my favorite book.
  • Cook – My sister is going to cook dinner tonight.
  • Cute – The cat was really cute.
  • Cinema – We went to the cinema to see the latest movie.
  • Could – Could you help me clean the garage?
  • Castle – A lonely castle sat on the top of the hill.
  • Clock – The clock says that it noon.
  • Celery – I like to eat celery with peanut butter.
  • Circus – We saw elephants and tigers at the circus.
  • Central – We decided to meet at a centra location.
  • Calculator – The teacher said we could use a calculator to help solve the math equations.
  • Cello – My sister plays the violin and I play the cello.
  • Cookie – Do you want a cookie with your lunch?
  • Cross – Be careful when you cross the street.
  • Care – It is my job to care for the animals.
  • City – We used to live in the city.
  • Camel – A camel can go a long time without getting thirsty.
  • Camera – I took my camera on our vacation.
  • Couch – Our family all sat on the couch and watched a movie together.
  • Coffee – My mom drinks coffee every morning.
  • Chart – Here is a chart of your progress.
  • Comics – We like to read the Sunday comics every week.
  • Cheerful – Bella was happy and cheerful.
  • Classy – The duchess is a classy lady.
  • Creative – Painting is my creative outlet.
  • Clever – The fox of was clever and cunning.
  • Chill – I put my drink in the freezer to give it a quick chill.
  • Calm – He remained calm during the stressful situation.
  • Comfort – I tried to comfort my grieving friend.
  • Child – The child tripped on her shoelace and fell over.
  • Children – The school was bustling with children and teachers.
  • Chicken – We are having chicken and rice for dinner.
  • Collar – The collar on my shirt is stained.
  • Coral – We saw colorful coral when we went scuba diving.
  • Cowboy – The cowboy rode his horse down the road.
  • Crayon – We need a new red crayon.
  • Cucumber – Cucumber salad is my favorite on a hot summer day.
  • Cabbage – My mom grew a cabbage in her garden.
  • Contest – She won the contest and got the blue ribbon.
  • Consider – Consider the consequences before you make that decision.
  • Courage – It takes courage to do the right thing.
  • Commit – I am ready to commit to this relationship.
  • Cupcake – I chose the chocolate cupcake.
  • Coyote – The coyote hid out of sight.
  • Cantaloupe – We had cantaloupe and berries for breakfast.

Challenging C Words for Kids

Do your children enjoy challenging C words? If so, check out these clever yet somewhat, complex C words for kids. (This C word list is geared more towards upper elementary and beyond)

Challenging C Words for kids:

  • ConfidentI feel confident that I am going to win the race.
  • Communicate – Dolphins communicate with noises and body language.
  • Courageous – The firefighter was courageous and ran in to rescue the boy from the burning building.
  • Committed – They are committed to their marriage.
  • Chandelier – A large chandelier hung from the ballroom ceiling.
  • Cantankerous – The old man was ornery and cantankerous.
  • Chatterbox – Her mom called her a chatterbox because she never stopped talking.
  • Calligraphy – We wrote the invitations in our best calligraphy handwriting.
  • Considerate – He was always kind and considerate of others.
  • Chivalry – Chivalry is not dead.
  • Capable – We have left our baby in the capable hands of her grandmother.
  • Charming – The gentleman was charming and kind.
  • Champion – Matt was the all-star chess champion for this year.
  • Charity – Charity means love.
  • Commendable – I praised him for his commendable act.
  • Courtesy – He gave Jane the. courtesy of going first.

Nouns That Start with Letter C

Wanting a list of every day items that begin with C? Perhaps your students are putting together a C word letter collage or trying to come up with a snack using only foods that begin with C? If so, here are some common foods, animals, places, and objects that begin with C.

Foods that start with C:

  • Cabbage
  • Cake
  • Carmel
  • Candy
  • Carrot
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cocoa
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Crab
  • Catfish
  • Cauliflower
  • Cayenne
  • Celery
  • Cereal
  • Chicken
  • Coleslaw
  • Cookies
  • Cornbread
  • Cupcakes
  • Cheese
  • Cherries
  • Chickpeas
  • Chives
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Crackers
  • Cranberries
  • Cream
  • Cucumbers

Animals that start with C:

  • Caribou
  • Centipede
  • Cat
  • Chinchilla
  • Cow
  • Coyote
  • Caterpillar
  • Catfish
  • Chameleon
  • Chihuahua
  • Cougar
  • Clownfish
  • Cheetah
  • Chicken
  • Chimpanzee
  • Chipmunk
  • Crab
  • Cockroach

Places that start with C:

  • Fiji
  • France
  • Finland
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Florida
  • Fredericksburg
  • Fresno
  • Frankfort

Objects that start with C:

  • Can
  • Candle
  • Cactus
  • Camera
  • Canoe
  • Candy
  • Car
  • Carpet
  • Carton
  • Case
  • Castle
  • Chalk
  • Chair
  • Chess
  • Chick
  • Clothes
  • Clock
  • Circle
  • Cloud
  • Clown
  • Coat
  • Cotton
  • Crayon
  • Crane
  • Cork
  • Collar
  • Chopsticks
  • Cheese
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Vocabulary Activities That Help to Teach C Words to Kids

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  • Play a C Word Unscramble: Write a word from your C word list on a white board or chalkboard with the letters mixed up. Then, have your kids see if they can unscramble the letters and figure out what C word it is. (For multiple kids, you can make it a contest to see which team can unscramble the C word first)
  • Utilize C Word Printables – First of all, make sure you get the free C Words for Kids Learning Pack that is available in this post. Then, find some fun and free C word coloring sheets or other activity pages that help to build your student’s C word vocabulary.
  • Read Books that Feature C Words – Reading together is such an easy and fun way to learn more C words. Find some books that feature C words (repeated C words throughout) like Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina OR Corduroy by Don Freeman.
  • Play C Word Ball Pass: To begin, get a ball and brainstorm as many C words as you can. To play, toss the ball back and forth. The trick is, you have to say a new C word each time you pass the ball. The first person to run out of C words looses the game.
  • Make a C Word Snack – This is a super fun and tasty way of learning new C words! See if you can make a snack using only foods that begin with the letter C. What will you come up with? Chocolate cake? Candy in cookies? Cherries and cream? There are tons of creative C word snack ideas!

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