Word searches are fun and often easy puzzles to pass time. The words are set up in a grid and can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal, and can also be backwards. It’s a good way to teach our brains to find patterns. Here we have four free downloadable word search games that you can print out at home.

World languages

There are many different languages in the world. In this puzzle, we’ve used a variety of widely spoken languages as words to hunt for, including ones you may not be as familiar with. Did you know Bengali is spoken by over 210 million people?

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Weather/natural events

Natural events are also good puzzle words- some are simple and easier to spot, like ‘rain’, while others, like ‘tsunami’, may be trickier to find.

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Music

A lot of people know simple musical ideas, like ‘beat’ or ‘rhythm.’ More complex ideas only come along as you learn to play music, but they’re also good for puzzles! Many musical terms come from different languages, including ancient Greek, Middle English, and Italian!

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Birds

Birds end up being good words for word searches, because several of them have repeating letters in their names. Having trouble locating a word? Look for the double ‘OO’ in ‘Woodpecker’ or ‘RR’ in ‘Sparrow’. Looking for specific letters in a row can be the key to solving a word search.

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Have you gotten through all these puzzles and want some more? We have even more word searches for you! If you’re teaching young kids new vocabulary, take some words from these puzzles and use them in our hangman games.