When making or finding word search puzzles for kids, it’s important to think about several things. We’ve compiled some tips here about kids’ puzzles, but you can also check out these instructions. We also have some blank templates for you to make your own word search!

Tip 1: Pick easy words.

Usually kids learn different types of common animals early in their education, so good words to use are ‘dog’ and ‘cat’. In our first puzzle, we’ve used those words as well as some others.

To download the above puzzle as a PDF, click here.

Tip 2: Pick words that are educational.

In this puzzle, we took the theme of colors and the rainbow, and used different words that fit in that theme. We have the different colors of the rainbow, and them some extra colors. You can talk about if you mix different colors, they make other ones (like red + white = pink or blue + yellow = green). If you need ideas of good themes, there are plenty of resources online!

To download the above puzzle as a PDF, click here.

Tip 3: Don’t put too many words to find.

Kids are notorious for having short attention spans. If you put more than ten words on a word list, they’ll probably get bored pretty quickly. We recommend 5 – 10 words as a sweet spot, depending on how old the kid is.

To download the above puzzle as a PDF, click here.

Tip 4: Choose puzzles with easy word orientation

A lot of more complex puzzles have words horizontally and even backwards! This is hard for kids, especially if they are in the years of learning to read. We recommend finding or making puzzles that have words left to right horizontally, or top to bottom vertically. This is the way that English readers usually work when reading a page, so it is easier for kids to follow the words as they hunt!

To download the above puzzle as a PDF, click here.

Tip 5: Shapes are fun, but be careful!

Making a word search that has a fun shape is a great idea for kids, but it’s important to make sure that it’s not too complicated, as the empty space can sometimes be confusing. In the puzzle above, we used a heart to show this.

 

Need other puzzles? Check out this post.