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Little Explorers
Picture Dictionary

Organized by the Sound at the Beginning of the Word
long a b hard c
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ch d long e f+ph hard g h long i j +
soft g
l long o short o p s + soft c sh t th long u v y
short a short e pl sk sl sp st sph short u w
air aw bl cl cr qu dr eer fl gl short i m or ow pr skr sm spl str sw shr tr thr ur wh z
ar br fr gr n oy r squ sn spr tw
Words that Start with the "C" Sound


cab

Cab is another word for taxi.
cactus
cactus

A cactus is a prickly plant that lives in dry places.


caiman

The caiman is a meat-eating reptile from South and Central America.


cage

Some people keep birds in cages.


cake

Cake is a sweet dessert.


calculator

A calculator is a machine that solves math problems.


calendar

A calendar lets you know what day it is.


calf

A calf is a young cow.


California

California is a state on the western coast of the United States of America. Its capital is Sacramento.


California poppy

The California poppy is a small, cup-shaped flower that lives in dry areas.


Camarasaurus

Camarasaurus was a long-necked dinosaur over 60 feet long.


camel

Camels are large mammals that live in dry areas. The camel's hump is filled with fat.


camera

You can take pictures with a camera.


camper

You can travel and sleep in a camper.


can

Some food comes in cans.


can opener

A can opener is a device that opens cans.


Canada

Canada is a large country in North America.


Canada goose

The Canada goose is a large North American bird that honks.


canary

Canaries sing very well.

candle

A candle is a stick of wax with a wick that can burn.


candy

Candy is very sweet.


cane

A cane is a walking stick.


canoe

A canoe is a small boat.


canyon

A canyon is a deep valley with very steep sides - often carved from the Earth by a river.


cap

A cap is a type of hat.


cape

A cape is a flowing piece of clothing that hangs loose on your shoulders.


cape

A cape is a pointed piece of land that sticks out into a sea, ocean, lake, or river.


Cape buffalo

The Cape Buffalo is a large, hoofed mammal that lives in African savannas (grasslands).

Cape hunting dog

The Cape hunting dog hunts in packs in Africa.
A B C
capital letters

Capital letters (also called upper case letters) are used at the beginning of sentences and proper nouns (like people's names).

capybara

The capybara is the biggest rodent in the world.


car

You can travel in a car.


caravel

The caravel is a large sailing ship that was first made in Portugal in the late 1400's. Many world explorers used caravels.


card

You can send a card to a friend.


cards

Some people play games with cards.


cardinal

The Northern Cardinal is a bird with a short, wide bill. The male is bright red; the female is brownish-red.


caribou

Caribou live in Arctic regions.

carnation

A carnation is a flower; it can be white, pink, or red.


carnivore

Carnivores are organisms that eat meat.


Carnotaurus

Carnotaurus was a meat-eating dinosaur with horns on its head.

carpet

A carpet is a floor covering made of woven yarn or thick fabric.


carrot

A carrot is an orange vegetable that grows underground.


cart

A cart is a wheeled vehicle that is pulled or pushed by an animal or a person.
Carver
Carver, George Washington

George Washington Carver (1865?-1943) was an American scientist, educator, humanitarian, and former slave who developed hundreds of products from peanuts, sweet potatoes, pecans, and soybeans, greatly improving the agricultural output of Southern farmers.


cassowary

A huge, flightless bird from Australia with a helmet-like crest on its head.


cast

A cast is a hard, stiff, thick bandage (made of plaster or fiberglass) that is used to set a broken bone.


castle

A castle is a huge, fancy building where a king or queen lives.


cat

Cats are mammals and are great pets. Cats were revered by the ancient Egyptians.


caterpillar

A caterpillar eats a lot and will turn into a butterfly or a moth. It is also called a larva.


cave

A cave is a large hole in the ground or in the side of a hill or mountain.
Cave Art

cave art

Cave art is drawings that were drawn on the walls of caves.

cave bear

The cave bear, Ursus spelæus, is a huge, extinct bear known only from fossils. It lived in Europe and was hunted by Stone Age people.


cavity

A cavity is a rotten spot in a tooth.


celery

Celery is a crisp, green vegetable.


cell

Cells are the building blocks of all plants and animals.
penny

cent

Cent is another word for penny.
centipede

centipede

A centipede is a small predatory animal with many legs.


Centrosaurus

Centrosaurus was plant-eating dinosaur with a long snout horn.


Ceratosaurus

A meat-eating dinosaur from the Jurassic period. It had a small horn on its snout.


circle

A circle is round. All of the points on a circle are the same distance from the center.


circus

A circus is a traveling show that has acrobats, clowns, and animals.


city

A city is a place where a lot of people live.


clam

Clams are animals with two shells. They burrow under the sand.


clap

When you clap your hands together they make a noise.


claw

A claw is a hard, sharp, curved nail on the feet of some animals. Bears, cats, birds, dinosaurs, and many other animals have claws.


clay

Potters make beautiful and useful things out of clay, like mugs, plates, and bowls.


clean

When something is clean, it is not dirty.


cliff

A cliff is a steep face of rock and soil.


clock

If you want to know what time it is, look at a clock.


clones

Clones are copies of things.


closed

When something is closed, it is not open The door is closed.


clothes

People wear clothes.


clothes hanger

We hang up clothes on clothes hangers.
clothespin

clothespin

Clothespins are used to hang wet laundry on a clothes line to dry.


cloud

Clouds are white or gray object that floats in the air and contains tiny water drops or ice particles.


clown

Clowns are people who dress up in funny clothes and try to make you laugh.


clown fish

The clown fish is a colorful fish that lives with sea anemones.


coat

A coat helps you keep warm when it is cold.


coati

(pronounced ko-WAH-ti) Coati (also called coatimundi) are long-nosed, long-tailed mammals from the Americas.


cobra

Cobras are venomous snakes.


cockatoo

Cockatoos are birds that have a large, feathery crest and a hooked bill. They are from Australia and Indonesia.


cocker spaniel

The cocker spaniel is a friendly, obedient dog that was originally bred to hunt birds.


Coelacanth

The Coelacanth (pronounced SEE-la-canth) is a primitive fish that was thought to have been extinct for millions of years, but a living Coelacanth was caught in 1938.


coffee

Coffee is a drink made using coffee beans.


coffin

A coffin is a box that holds a dead body.


coin

A coin is a piece of metal money.


cold

We shiver when it is cold.

collie

The collie is a friendly, intelligent, and obedient dog


Colorado

Colorado is a state in the western United States of America. Its capital is Denver.

coloring book

You can color the pictures in a coloring book.

colors

There are many colors, light and dark, bright and dull.
color wheel to label
color wheel

A color wheel is a device that shows the relationships between colors.

Columbus, Christopher

Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was an Italian explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, reaching North America. He sailed the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, hoping to find a route to Asia.


comb

A comb is a used to smooth or untangle hair.


comet

A comet is the a small, icy object that orbit the Sun. It's tail always points away from the sun.


comic book

A comic book is a book whose story is told in colorful pictures and some words.


compass

A compass always points north.


compass rose

A compass rose is a design on a map that shows direction. It points which way is north, south, east, west, and some intermediate directions on the map.


compost

Compost is decayed organic matter that enriches soil.


Compsognathus

Compsognathus is the smallest dinosaur yet discovered.


computer

You are using a computer right now.


conch

The conch is a large, shelled animal from warm seas.


cone

A cone is a shape that has a point at one end and a circular opening at the other end.


Connecticut

Connecticut is a state in the northeastern United States of America. Its capital is Hartford.


connect-the-dots

When you do a connect-the-dots puzzle, you make a picture.


constellation

A constellation is a group of stars that we see in the sky. They are not necessarily located together in space, but looks as though they are from Earth.


continent

The land mass on Earth is divided into continents. The seven continents are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.


cookie

Cookies are small, sweet, baked treats.
Cookiecutter shark

cookiecutter shark

The cookiecutter shark is a small shark that takes circular bites out of its prey. Also known as the luminous or cigar shark.
coral

coral

Coral is a tiny ocean animal that lives in colonies. Some corals leave a hard, stony skeleton when they die.
coral reef

coral reef

Coral reefs are warm, clear, shallow ocean habitats that are rich in life.


cork

A cork is used as a bottle stopper. It is made from tree bark.


corn

Corn is a yellow vegetable you can eat on its cob. Corn was grown by Native Anericans for thousands of years before the Europeans settled in North America.


Corythosaurus

Corythosaurus was a plant-eating, duck-billed dinosaur that was about 30 feet long.


costume

People wear costumes to pretend they are someone or something else.
cotton candy

cotton candy

Cotton candy is a sweet treat that is spun from sugar.


couch

A couch is a big, soft piece of furniture that many people can sit on.


cougar

A long-tailed wild cat with no spots. It is also known as the puma, panther, mountain lion, and catamont.


couple

A couple refers to two people or two objects.


cove

A cove is small, horseshoe-shaped body of water along the coast; the water is surrounded by land formed of soft rock.


cow

Most of the milk we drink comes from cows.

coyote

Coyotes are meat-eaters related to wolves.
Nutria

coypu

Coypus (also called nutrias) are semi-aquatic rodents that are originally from South America.


crab

A crab has a hard shell and eyes on stalks on its head.


cradle

A cradle is a small bed for a baby.


crafts

Crafts are fun, artistic activities.


crane

The crane is a wading bird with a long neck, a long bill, and long legs.


crawl

Babies crawl to move around.


crayfish

Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans with four pairs of walking legs.


crayons

Crayons are colorful wax sticks that are used for drawing.


cream

Cream is the richest part of milk. Butter and ice cream are made from cream.


crescent

A crescent is the shape of the moon around the time of the new moon.


crescent moon

A crescent moon is smaller than a half moon.



Cretaceous period

Dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops lived during the Cretaceous period. This geological period lasted from to 146 to 65 million years ago.
cricket

cricket

Crickets are noisy, jumping insects.


crocodile

Crocodiles are meat-eating reptiles with a long, tapered snout.


crosswalk

A crosswalk is a marked area on a street where it is safer to cross.


crossword puzzle

A crossword puzzle has interlocking words that you guess from clues.


crow

A crow is a very smart black bird.


crown

A crown is a fancy hat worn by kings and queens.


cry

Sometimes people cry when they're sad or upset.


crystal

Crystals are solids whose atoms form a very regular pattern.


cube

A cube is a solid geometric figure with six square faces.


cuckoo

Cuckoos are birds whose call sounds like coo-coo.


cuckoo clock

A cuckoo clock has a mechanical bird that sings every hour.


cucumber

Cucumber is a cool, crisp vegetable that is good in salad.


cup

You can drink from a cup.


cupboard

Things are stored in cupboards.


cupcake

A cupcake is a tiny cake.
Writing letters

cursive letters

Cursive letters are curved letters that connect to one another.


curtains

Curtains are cloth hung on and around a window.


curve

A curve is a wavy line or surface.


cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are close relatives of octopi and squid.

cyclone

A cyclone is a storm of rapidly spinning air that is very dangerous.


cylinder

A cylinder is a figure with a long round body .

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary
Organized by the Sound at the Beginning of the Word
long a b hard c
+ k
ch d long e f+ph hard g h long i j +
soft g
l long o short o p s + soft c sh t th long u v y
short a short e pl sk sl sp st sph short u w
air aw bl cl cr qu dr eer fl gl short i m or ow pr skr sm spl str sw shr tr thr ur wh z
ar br fr gr n oy r squ sn spr tw


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