How to Make Word Search Puzzles
Dawn R. Levesque
Word search puzzles are popular for all ages. For students, it is a skill builder. Teachers use word search puzzles to make learning entertaining. Online, word search generators have evolved. Just insert words, symbols or numbers, and clues, then enter. The word search generator randomly creates the puzzle.
It is another handy tool for parents and teachers, so compile your list of words and clues and get started.
- Word search puzzles are popular for all ages.
Choose a category for the word search puzzle. Popular subject matter includes animals and pets, books and literature, movies and television shows, travel, sports, people, history, vocabulary words, foreign language and numbers. Get creative and produce something unique. Pick a holiday theme, flora or unusual facts and trivia.
Define the size or shape of the grid. It can be a traditional square or rectangle or more creatively a shape of the chosen category. Select words, numbers, or symbols that the word search puzzle will have. Arrange them forward, diagonal or backwards. Exclude parts of the words or numbers. Later, the player can fill in the blanks for more challenging skill levels.
- Choose a category for the word search puzzle.
- Define the size or shape of the grid.
Position words or numbers on the grid in the format you prefer. Fill in the empty squares (around the key words) with random letters, numbers, or symbols as appropriate. Put the player to the test by using portions of the hidden words but not completely. Make a key with clues. Clues can be description, fill in the blank, antonym, synonym, or a math problem. Gear the word search toward the age of the player. Plug the information into a word document and print.
- Position words or numbers on the grid in the format you prefer.
- Fill in the empty squares (around the key words) with random letters, numbers, or symbols as appropriate.
Use an online word search generator. Depending on the format, type in the category words, usual minimum of 10 words. Press "Enter" and the program randomly formulates the word search puzzle for you. Written below or to the right of the puzzle are the word clues. Use in the same way as traditional methods. Languages offered in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German. Catering to varying levels of difficulty. In addition, a Special Education format is available.
- Use an online word search generator.
- Written below or to the right of the puzzle are the word clues.
Create a word search puzzle online with an advanced site that displays more options (see Resources). This site not only allows the individual to choose words and grid size, but it offers colour options, size of font, format options and puzzle descriptions. This is an impressive site for the advanced or more exploratory puzzle maker.
- Make word search puzzles to help with following directions.
- Practice listening skills by reading clues aloud to the class
- Give a set a directions rather than one word clue. Student will find correct word or fill in a blank for answer to search.
- Leave clues blank and have students find words first.
Dawn Renée Levesque has been a writer for over 30 years. Her travel and fashion photographs have been exhibited in Europe and the United States. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Levesque is the author of "Women Who Walk With the Sky" and co-author of "Wisdom of Bear." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography.