# You can get your Free Word Search Puzzle (online or printable).

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• FREE WORD SEARCH PUZZLE

The word search puzzle only began appearing in the US around 1968.Word searches can be found in some daily newspapers and in puzzle books.Some teachers use them as educational tools for children. ( The benefit being that kids can learn language and vocabulary skills, searching for words , letter by letter.)

A word search, word find, or word seek,is a word game that is letters of a word in a grid, that usually has a rectangular or square shape. The objective of this puzzle is to find and mark all the words hidden inside the box. The words may be horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Often a list of the hidden words is provided, but more challenging puzzles may let the player figure them out. Many word search puzzles have a theme to which all the hidden words are related.

SOLVING TIPS/STRATEGY

#### SOLVING TIPS/STRATEGY

• A common strategy for finding all the words is to go through the puzzle left to right (or vice versa) and look for the first letter of the word (if a word list is provided). After finding the letter, one should look at the eight surrounding letters to see whether the next letter of the word is there.You should then continue this method until the entire word is found.
• Another strategy is to look for 'outstanding' letters within the word one is searching for (if a word list is provided). Since most word searches use capital letters, it is easiest to spot the letters that stand out from others. These letters are Q, O, U, X, and Z.
• Sometimes the puzzle itself will help. The puzzles generated by a computer tend to put words in patterns. Furthermore, the bigger the words and the more words, the easier they are to spot. In some computer-generated puzzles, if the person solving the puzzle sees one word, all they have to do to find more is to look in adjacent rows, columns, or diagonals. The puzzle might use every row, column, or diagonal—or just every other row, column, or diagonal.
• Lastly, the strategy of looking for double letters in the word being searched for (if a word list is provided) proves helpful, because it is easier to spot two identical side-by-side letters among a large grid of random letters.

#### INSTRUCTIONS

HOW TO: Print free Kid's WORD SEARCH

#### HOW TO PRINT (show/hide)

If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the selected game link above(not all browsers may have this feature).

However, if you want to download the file to view later, (see 'HOW TO SAVE TO YOUR PC')

WORD SEARCH How to :SAVE TO YOUR PC

Free PRINTABLE Word Search Puzzle (start here)

• Solutions :

For the solution pages to these puzzles click here : WORD SEARCH SOLUTIONS

If you prefer to play online click here : INTERACTIVE WORD SEARCH