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H Words for Kids

Have you been looking for a huge helping of H words for kids? Well, I’m happy to humor you with a heap of helpful words that begin with H!

From hippos and hogs to hamburgers and hash browns there are huge amounts of H words to choose from. Today I’m going to give you H word lists for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary.

PLUS, word lists of things that begin with H including foods, objects, animals, three letter H words, and four letter H words.

The Sounds of H

The letter H makes the /h/ sound as in: have, how, home. One way you can teach your kids the /h/ sound is to have them open their mouth and send a puff of air out. Encourage them to feel their chest fall with the exhalation.

The Sound of H:

  • /h/ as in: hand, hope, help

Consonant Blends for Letter H

There are also H consonant blends that create different sounds, These H consonant blends include include: sh, ch, ph, wh, and the.

H Words for Preschool

Here are some easy H words for preschool. These words are simple and familiar and will work great for letter recognition and sound association.

*Check out the  Preschool Learning Folder & Preschool Daily Skill Builder for more practice with letter recognition, preschool prewriting, and letter/sound recognition.

H Words for Preschoolers:

  • Hum – My mom always hums a song while she puts me to bed.
  • Hay – Horses eat hay.
  • Hat – I wore a red hat today.
  • Hop – I can hop on one foot.
  • Hen – The hen pecked at the ground for bugs.
  • Hammer – We got my dad a hammer for Father’s Day.
  • Hurt – I hurt my my arm when I fell off of my bunk bed.
  • Hippo – The hippo sat in the water to cool himself off.
  • Harp – David played to harp.
  • Hand – Do you want to hold my hand?
  • Help – Will you help me tie my shoe?
  • Hill – We rode down the hill on our sled.
  • Hair – My teacher has long black hair.
  • Hairbrush – I brush my hair every morning with my blue hairbrush.

H Words for Kindergarten

H words for kindergarten are plentiful. With that begin said, here are some sample ideas of easy words that begin with H for kindergarten:

Words that begin with H for Kindergarten:

  • Ham – The salted ham tasted really good.
  • Hot – We drank hot cocoa after we played in the snow.
  • Hug – Do you need a hug?
  • Hide – I like to hide from my brother.
  • Hare – We have a hare living in our backyard.
  • Hole – The hole was deep and filled with water.
  • Horse – The horse galloped around the arena.
  • Happy – I would like to wish you a very happy birthday.
  • Heart – I love you with all my heart.
  • House – Our house is blue and white.
  • Hotdog – I ate a hotdog with mustard for lunch.
  • Honey – I like to drizzle honey over my cornbread
  • Hello – Hello! How are you?
  • Helicopter – The helicopter flew loudly overhead.
  • Heat – I can feel the heat from the campfire.
  • Heavy – This box of books is very heavy.

Words that end with H for Kindergarten:

  • Push – Push the red button to turn it on.
  • Math – I am very good at solving math problems.
  • With – Would you like to go to the store with me?
  • Much – How much money do you have?
  • Rash – Gwen got a rash from touching Poison Ivy.
  • Myth – The story was simply a myth.
  • Fish – The fish had shiny, blue scales.
  • Oath – I swore an oath that I would be her friend forever.

H Words for Early Readers

Three letter sight words and CVC words are very helpful for early readers as they develop phonemic awareness. Here are a handful of three letter words for your beginning readers:

Three letter H Words for Kids

  • Ham
  • Hen
  • Hem
  • Hip
  • Hog
  • Had
  • Hop
  • Hut
  • His
  • Hit
  • Hat
  • Has
  • Hug
  • Has
  • Hot

Four letter H Words for Kids

After three letter H words, kids are ready to progress to some simple four letter words that begin with H:

  • Hear
  • Here
  • Herd
  • Hose
  • Hope
  • Herb
  • Hook
  • Hard
  • Hurl
  • Harp
  • Hare
  • Hone
  • Hair
  • Hale
  • Hire
  • Hole
  • Harm
  • Held
  • Hide
  • Hive
  • Holy
  • Hell
  • Hand
  • Hump
  • Heap
  • Hint
  • Horn
  • Hero
  • High
  • Hold
  • Heed
  • Heat
  • Heal
  • Hoop
  • Hose

H Words for Elementary Students

How many H words can your elementary kids come up with? Here is a nice long list of H words for elementary students along with context sentences for reference.

Note: Click the H word at the beginning of each sentence for definitions from Dictionary.com or Merriam-Webster.com.

  • Ham – We had ham and potatoes for Christmas dinner.
  • How – How did you do that?
  • Hare – The Snowshoe Hare lives in arctic regions.
  • Hole – We dug a hole in our backyard.
  • Harm – Gambling will do you more harm than good.
  • Hard – He is a hard working man.
  • Halt – The horses will when I say ‘whoa’.
  • Hair – Her hair was wet and tangled after she went swimming.
  • Hear – Can you hear the Robin singing?
  • Holy – They were married in holy matrimony.
  • Herd – We have a herd of cattle in the east pasture.
  • Heard – Have you heard the good news?
  • Hurry – We need to hurry, or we are going to be late.
  • Hiccup – He ate a spoonful of peanut butter to rid him of his hiccups.
  • Host – The host of the party gave a lovely, inviting speech.
  • Hungry – I am so hungry.
  • Hose – My mom uses the hose to water her garden.
  • Hamper – We keep a clothes hamper in the bathroom.
  • Hexagon – A hexagon has six sides.
  • Helmet – I always wear a helmet when I ride my bike.
  • Hospital – We took the sick man to the hospital.
  • Hockey – Our family went to watch an ice hockey game.
  • Hammer – I need a hammer and nails for my project.
  • Healthy – A healthy diet consist of fruits and vegetables.
  • Heaven – Heaven is a perfect and beautiful place.
  • Hand – Lee burnt his hand on the hot pan.
  • History– History is my favorite subject.
  • Hedge – We have a Boxwood hedges that lines our driveway.
  • Heap – There is a heap of laundry after coming home from vacation.
  • Horse – We have a horse named Penny.
  • Happy – I would be happy to help you clean the house.
  • Hinge – The hinge on the door needs to be greased.
  • Handy – The goggles you let me borrow, came in handy for swimming.
  • Hive – The bee hive is right next to the berry patch.
  • Heart – Mr. Glen had a heart attack last week.
  • Hook – We have a wall hook in the bathroom where we hang our towels.
  • Hanger – I have a wooden hanger for my fancy dress.
  • Holly – We made a wreath with Holly berries for Christmastime.
  • Humor – My dad has a great sense of humor.
  • Humane – We adopted our dog from a humane animal shelter.
  • Helpful – I found his advice to be very helpful.
  • Honor – We honor veterans on on Memorial Day.
  • Harmony – The group sang in perfect harmony.
  • Hero – My grandpa was a war hero.
  • Handle – The manager will handle the situation with care.
  • Hickory – We used Hickory chips for smoking our meat.
  • Humble – That pastor was humble and kind towards his congregation.
  • Honest – Would you give me your honest opinion?
  • Hooray – Hooray! I won the contest!
  • Headache – The loud music gave me a pounding headache.
  • Heritage – We have a national heritage of pride and patriotism.
  • Hummingbird – The tiny hummingbird made a buzzing sound as it zipped by.
  • Hiking – We will be hiking to the summit.
  • Hobby – My favorite hobby is crafting.
  • Hundred – I have one hundred dollars in my piggy bank.
  • Husband – When we got married, he became my husband.
  • Hunting – My dad goes bow hunting for elk in the fall.
  • Hemisphere – We live in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Horizon – We watched the sun set below the horizon.
  • Harvest – We hope to harvest lots of produce from our gardens this year.
  • Harsh – His words were harsh and unkind
  • Helpless – I feel helpless in this situation.
  • Hesitant – I am hesitant to make this deal because of things I have heard about you.

Challenging H Words for Kids

Do your upper elementary students enjoy using big words? Here is a hodgepodge of harmoniously challenging H words for your kids to try:

  • Harpsichord – The harpsichord is an instrument used it past eras.
  • Heirloom – My mother’s locked is a family heirloom.
  • Hippocampus – The doctor hoped the surgery would stimulate the hippocampus part of the brain.
  • Hazard – Some chemicals can be a hazard to your health.
  • Hobnob – I plan to hobnob around the house this weekend.
  • Hypothermia – The hikers were warned of hypothermia as they advanced to the icy top.
  • Heathen– He was chided for his heathen behavior.
  • Hodgepodge – Dinner is a hodgepodge of leftovers.
  • Hooligan – Chris is a hooligan who regularly gets himself in trouble.
  • Harmonious – Our dog and cat have an uncanny harmonious relationship.
  • Hospitable – The hospitable couple received this guests with welcoming smiles.
  • Humorous – The Sunday comics were humorous.
  • Heartwarming – I read a heartwarming story in the newspaper today.

Things That Start with Letter H

Whether you are putting together a letter H scavenger hunt for kindergarteners or an H-words-only game of charades, here are some lists that you might find helpful.

Foods that start with H:

  • Habanero Pepper
  • Halibut
  • Ham
  • Hamburger
  • Hotcakes
  • Hash browns
  • Haystacks
  • Hazelnuts
  • Herbs
  • Hummus
  • Herring
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Homefries
  • Hominy
  • Huckleberries
  • Honey
  • Honeydew
  • Horseradish
  • Hotdog
  • Havarti

Animals that start with H:

  • Hare
  • Harp Seal
  • Hamster
  • Hippo
  • Hawk
  • Horse
  • Harbor Seal
  • Hornbill
  • Hyena
  • Haddock
  • Hedgehog
  • Honeybee
  • Hyrax
  • Hornet
  • Heron
  • Hummingbird

Objects that start with H:

  • Hacksaw
  • Hair
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairspray
  • Ham
  • Hoodie
  • Hook
  • Helicopter
  • Heron
  • Hola Hoop
  • Hamper
  • Handkerchief
  • Handle
  • Hand
  • Hanger
  • Hood
  • Hot Cocoa
  • High Chair
  • Hinge
  • Hoop
  • Harp
  • Hat
  • Hay
  • Heart
  • Heater
  • Honey
  • Hose
  • House
  • Hoagie
  • Ham

Activities to Help Kids Learn H Words

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  • Play H Word Charades: Have your kids choose from a list of H words. Then take turns acting out these words. Here are some helpful H words you can use for charades: hairbrush, hippo, hamburger, hat, helicopter, and heart.
  • Play ‘What I will Bring’ Game: Sit around in a circle with your kids and start each turn by saying “I’m going on vacation and I want to bring…” Everyone takes their turns repeating all the previous answers before they give there’s. (The trick is naming only things that begin with the letter H.)
  • Bean Bag H Word Toss – Before you begin, get a bean bag and a list of H words for kids. To play, toss the bean bag to each other. With each toss you need to name a word that begins with H. The first person to run out of H words looses the game.

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