Words That Start with the Letter B

We’ve only just started rolling with words that will aid in learning the letter b! Let’s learn the alphabet, together!

I love having a steady stream of fun and random facts to keep my kids entertained and having fun learning. That usually means frequent searches through the internet. I hope you enjoy the random fun facts I have chosen to go with these words that start with J!

Words that start with the letter B like bear

B IS FOR… 

Bold, another word for brave or daring.

  • Rapunzel was bold when she chose to leave her tower for an adventure to see the lights!

Believe, which means having faith in or being sure of something.

  • Tinkerbell needs people to believe in her in order for her magic to work.

 Just book-smarts are not enough to make our children into their best selves. Tackling core values in a relatable way can be a pillar of the phenomenal tiny human you are raising.

ANIMALS THAT START WITH THE LETTER B:

When one considers animals for words that start with the Letter B, bulls, bees, and buffalo are probably the only ones that appeared in your brain. That’s ok! We are here to explore some facts about animals that start with the Letter B. 

    1. BACTRIAN CAMEL

      • The Bactrian camel is one of the most adaptable creatures on the planet. They can withstand extreme changes in temperature, ideal for their natural home ranges in Northern Asia. Amazingly, they can cope with temperatures that swing between 105°F in the summer and -22°F in the winter. The humps are areas for storing fat. They use the fat by turning it into energy so they can go for a long time without food or water. Bactrian camels are actually critically endangered. The biggest threat to them is humans destroying their natural habitat for farming and mining. Also, through the introduction of livestock into certain areas so the camels find themselves competing for food.
        • What is the difference between a Dromedary Camel and a Bactrian Camel? 
          • Aside from their fur and where they are found, their odd humps are the easiest way to tell these two camels apart.The D in Dromedary has one hump and a B in Bactrian has two humps. Just the same, you can count the humps of any camel to know which kind it is!
  1. BARNACLE

    • If you look closely, you can see what looks like little rocks growing on ships and backs of turtles. Those aren’t rocks at all, but tiny crustaceans. Barnacles are suspension feeders, sweeping small food into their mouth with their curved ‘feet’. They are cemented to rock (or such), and covered with hard plates, which they shut firmly when the tide goes out. This keeps them from drying out and dying. Their babies – called larvae – are microscopic and drift in the open ocean. Eventually, the larvae change and attach on other hard surfaces to form new barnacles.
  2. BEARDED DRAGON

    • Found in the wild, dry areas of Australia is this fierce little lizard. The name “bearded dragon” refers to the fringes around and under the head. This “beard” turns black if they are stressed or see a potential rival. They can climb very well, and spend a lot of time on top of tree branches, fence-posts, and bushes. During the hottest part of the day and during the night they hide underground. Otherwise, you’ll find them basking in the sunlight.
      • Introduced as pets to the US during the 1990s, they are a popular exotic species pet. They are a popular species among children because of their friendly and calm nature, and the relative ease of caring for them. 
  3. BISON

    • Also known as Buffalo, Bison are the largest mammal in North America. American bison are similar to cows. There used to be as many as 30 million bison in the United States, but because of hunting, by 1890, only 1,000 bison were left. Through conservation efforts, there are now more American bison than there used to be, but still far fewer than there were before the 1800s.
  4. BLUE WHALE

    • Blue whales are the largest animals ever to be on Earth, even bigger than the largest dinosaurs. The blue whale eats mostly very tiny creatures, like krill. These inch-long, shrimp-like crustacean swim in swarms. In the Antarctic summer, there are so many of these krill that they turn the waters orange. Each whale can eat eight to ten tons of krill every day. Their enormous body is long and slender. It can be various shades of bluish-grey above and somewhat lighter underneath. Blue whales were once abundant around the world. In the nineteenth century, they were hunted almost to extinction by whalers. They are still trying to recover, as a species.

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME COLORING SHEETS FOR EACH ANIMAL!

PLACES STARTING WITH THE LETTER B:

We have traveled the globe in search of great places that start with the Letter B. There are so many wonderful options, but I chose a few that my kids seemed especially interested in! Feel free to beef this short list up with any places you can think of! Adding examples your child can relate to is key to them learning the letter B. 

They can be a little hard to pronounce, at first, so I included pronunciation links for you! 

  1. Boston, Massachusetts 

    • People started living in what’s now called Massachusetts about 12,000 years ago, when retreating glaciers uncovered the land. In 1639 America’s first post office opened in Boston. Anger erupted in 1770 after five colonists were killed by British soldiers in what’s known as the Boston Massacre. Three years later, colonists disguised as Native Americans threw cases of tea into Boston Harbor to protest high taxes from England. The event is now known as the Boston Tea Party.
      • Boston cream pie—chocolate-iced white cake filled with custard—is the official state dessert. But it’s not the only famous Massachusetts goodie: Chocolate chip cookies were invented here!
  2. Bangladesh

    • Bangladesh is a country in South Asia. The Ganges Delta and surrounding hills have been inhabited for hundreds of generations. The area supported agriculture very early on. Around the year 500 BC there was a shift to growing rice. This amazing staple food led to the development of urban areas.  It became an independent nation after it declared itself independent from Pakistan and fought a war to assure its freedom in 1971. Despite many years of independence, Bangladesh is still a poor country and has problems with corruption of politicians. Even now, little more than half of the people can read and write. 
  3. Bahamas

    • The Bahamas is a group of islands in the West Indies. All the islands are low and flat. A beautiful climate and crystal clear waters sets this tropical paradise apart from any other in the world. The Bahamas are a popular place for people to visit for holidays, the 700 islands attract a large number of visitors from nearby America, as well as Europe and other countries.

FOOD THAT STARTS WITH THE LETTER B:

BBQ

Although the definition of BBQ seems to be different everywhere you go, we all can agree it is delicious!

Words that start with the letter B could have been so many things when food is the topic. From bananas to brine, foods that start with the letter B are a constant in our daily life. BBQ is strongly defined by history, which is why I chose it today.

The American BBQ started in the Southern colonies when porks were released into the wild to fend for themselves. This was an easy and cheap way for the settlers to get meat. Cows required too much food and care whereas pigs took to the new land very well. Pork, compared to beef, is leaner. This means that it does well being cooked for a long time at a low temperature. 

The method of BBQ is a blend of many cultures. Carribean slaves taught colonists how to cook meat over a fire that was covered with green branches. This kept the flame from burning the outside of the meat. 

In the modern day US, BBQ is divided along the lines of what sauce is used as well as what type of meat.

  • Vinegar-based sauce comes from British tendencies toward tart sauces on their food and is most common in Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Mustard-base sauce was born in South Carolina, influenced by French and German culture.
  • Sweeter, tomato-based sauce originated in Memphis. This is because access to the Mississippi River allowed for development of flavor with goods like molasses. 
  • Beef-based BBQ originates in Texas where cattle-farming had the land to thrive.
  • Kansas City style BBQ is a combination of all the styles of BBQ, using both pork and beef and a variety of influences in the sauces. 

No matter your preference in BBQ, I have two great lists for sides to go with them! 

Are you ready to get grilling, this summer? Check out our 18 Favorite Flavor-Filled Backyard Grilling Recipes will help you keep things fresh and exciting for your whole family!

Looking for full BBQ flavor with minimum BBQ effort? Check out this Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork. It goes great on sandwiches and even Mac-n-Cheese! 

I’m always down for BBQ and pasta of any kind. Our One Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta is great for busy nights.

Oh my! I really do get carried away when it comes to BBQ. 

Have we already reached the end of our lesson on words that start with the Letter B? That is truly a shame. I hope you stick with us through the rest of the alphabet!

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