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175 Kindergarten Vocabulary Words

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Use this list of 175 kindergarten vocabulary words to build your child's language skills. Talk about these words together. Add these words to your everyday conversations, and soon your child will be consistently using these words, too!

This big list is arranged in alphabetical order. The printable list of 175 kindergarten vocabulary words is designed for students, parents and teachers. Below this list, find 100 of the words arrange in twelve meaningful categories on a second illustrated printable page. 

175 Kindergarten Vocabulary Words

All vocabulary lists on this page and throughout this website were compiled using multiple textbooks and online resources. 

Printable list of 175 Kindergarten Vocabulary Words

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apples

artist

aunt

autumn

bananas

beach

bear

between

bird

blend

bookcase

born

both

bottle

bread

brother

bumpy

butterfly

caboose

carrots

cat

cereal

chilly

circle

cloudy

crawl

countryside

cousin

cow

dad

dance

day

delicious

delighted

doctor

dog

eggs

elephant

everyplace

farmer

father

firefighter

fish

fluffy

frame

frog

frozen

gentle

gloomy

glue

gold

grab

grade

grandma

grandpa

grouchy

happy

healthy

helpful

highway

hopeful

horse

idea

illustrate

image

jacket

juice

jump

kangaroo

keep

key

ladder

lantern

later

laundry

lazy

letter

light

lion

locker

lollipop

loud

milk

mittens

mom

month

morning

mother

mountain

musician

narrow

neck

next

nobody

noodle

notch

note

number

oatmeal

ocean

office

open

oval

pants

paper

park

patient

pizza

playground

polite

pond

pony

proud

quart

quibble

quick

quiet

quizzes

rabbit

railroad

raisin

rectangle

round

route

sandwich

shirt

shoes

sister

skirt

sleepy

snowy

socks

sparkly

spider

spring

square

stormy

summer

sunny

teacher

tiger

tomorrow

towel

triangle

trunk

tunnel

twice

twirl

twist

tying

umbrella

uncle

upset

upstairs

valley

vegetable

useful

vest

visitor

warm

water

weather

week

welcome

wheel

whisper

windy

winter

worried

wriggle

year

yell

yesterday

zipper

Teacher's Tips

As a former classroom teacher and home school teacher, here are my suggestions for using this huge word list for kindergarten students:

  • Show children what words mean.  For instance, label pictures around the classroom with appropriate vocabulary and spelling words. It's straightforward to label pictures of a dog, fish and elephant. But with a little imagination, you can also draw or find images for adjectives such as grouchy, quick and quiet, particularly if you talk about the words and pictures together. 
  • Use a LOT of repetition. Write two of the words on the board at the beginning of the week. Use those words again and again while giving directions, making announcements, and even while saying hello and goodbye to your students! 
  • Place students in groups of 2 or 3. Ask them to make a picture together to illustrate one of the vocabulary words. 
  • See more ideas for using these words for individual students.

Shorter List of 100 Kindergarten Vocabulary Words

Here's a peek at the printable page. The full version also appears below. 

100 Kindergarten Vocabulary Words

Remember, these are words that students in kindergarten should be comfortable in using orally. They may not be able to read and write them at first. But you can help them work on those skills, too!  Does your child already know some of these words? That's great! Have fun using the words frequently in family discussions.

Smiling green cartoony frog

Animals:  cat, dog, horse, cow, bird, fish, butterfly, spider, frog,   lion, tiger, bear, elephant, kangaroo

Seasons:  spring, summer, autumn, winter     

Weather:  chilly, warm, snowy, stormy, sunny, cloudy, windy, weather

Foods:  milk, juice, water, bread, cereal, pizza, sandwich, apples, bananas, carrots, eggs, veggies (or vegetables)

Family on a fun car ride!

Family: mom, dad, brother, sister, grandpa, grandma, aunt,  uncle, cousin   

Feelings: happy, gloomy, sleepy, patient, hopeful, quiet, worried, grouchy, delighted, proud  

Other adjectives: delicious, bumpy, fluffy, polite, helpful, gentle, careful, healthy, sparkly, frozen  

Shapes: round, circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval      

Calendar: day, week, month, year, yesterday, tomorrow 

Artist painting a large mural on a wall

Community helpers: artist, teacher, farmer, doctor, firefighter, musician

Outdoors:  playground, park, highway, countryside, beach, pond, ocean, mountain

Clothing: shirt, pants, skirt, shoes, socks, jacket, mittens


Do you want MORE words?

Of course, this is not a complete kindergarten vocabulary list! Be sure your student is also familiar with a wide variety of colors and color words. It's not too early to teach your child to spell and write number words, either!

If your child is at the very beginning of language learning, be sure to teach these preprimer and primer sight words

Extension Activities

Smiling animated pencil

Copy one word on a piece of lined paper. Then, ask your child to do one or more of these things:

  • Write the word again three times
  • Draw a picture for the word
  • Cut the letters that spell the word from a newspaper or magazine, and glue the letters onto the page
  • Type the word into in a message on your phone
  • Think of a word that rhymes with your word. Write a poem using both words

More Kindergarten Resources

ABC wooden block toy

Try some of these preschool and Kindergarten learning games with your favorite youngster(s)! When learning is fun, learning is easier. You'll find letter matching games and ABC games, as well as more challenging activities for this age group. 

Phonemic awareness game, Letter Lanes, helps kids to identify initial sounds, from www.spelling-words-well.com

Letter Lane  A phomenic awareness board game that features beginning consonant sounds for the letters b, d, f and m. No reading is necessary. 

A Pickle or a Tickle  Fun game for young children! Your students will need to listen carefully to initial consonant sounds as they play these entertaining games.

Kindergarten Worksheets

Worksheet for Kindergarten, featuring the UG family, from www.spelling-words-well.com

The Bugs   If your kids like the BUG on this page, they're sure to LOVE the BUGS on this word family worksheet! One bug dug in the mud. Another bug drinks from a mug on the rug. Learning IS fun!

The Big Pigs   This whimsical page features a muddy pig with a wig, and pig that does a jig.  What a fun way to learn the IG family of words! All types of activities, including games and worksheets, will help to reinforce the words on this kindergarten vocabulary list, and your child's vocabulary in general!

Find lots more Kindergarten Worksheets on our website!


All Vocabulary Lists

First grade vocabulary words from www.spelling-words-well.com

Kindergarten Vocabulary Words - 175 engaging, empowering vocabulary words, in alphabetical order, that every kindergartner should be learning. Use our convenient printable page. A second list features 100 of the words in helpful categories such as shapes, feelings, community helpers and more. 

First Grade Vocabulary Words - 175 great vocab words on a variety of topics for 1st grade students to learn to use in conversation, along with suggested activities. 100 words appear in meaningful categories including sports, animals, compound words and more. 

Second Grade Vocabulary Words : 200 words for 2nd grade students to learn and enjoy! 100 of the words are arranged in helpful categories and are arranged on an engaging printable for your students. Challenge your second graders with more words to use in their speaking and written vocabularies.

3rd grade vocabulary list

3rd Grade Vocabulary Words - 200 words to boost your child's spoken and written language skills, arranged alphabetically!  Print the complete list from the web page for best results. 100 of the words also appear in an engaging printable, arranged by helpful topics. 

4th Grade Vocabulary Words - 200 4th grade vocab words to keep your students on track all year long! Half of the words are also arranged in meaningful categories to help students with word meaning. 

5th Grad Vocabulary Words

5th Grade Vocabulary Words - Boost your fifth graders' spoken and written vocabularies with this BIG list of 200 words, arranged in alphabetical order. I've also selected 100 of these words to put into 10 engaging topics. Try the extension activities for best results!

6th Grade Vocabulary Words - Improve your students' understanding of LOTS of areas of learning by covering these 200 important words! I've included many ways to put these words into use, and I have links to other related pages, too!


These are lists of easier sight words and spelling words that you may wish to explore with your student. 


Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.


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