Check out these Habitat Word Searches. These word searches are sure to be great fun at home or in the classroom during those free time activities. Print them out and have them ready to go for those Early Finishers. I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't love a good work search. Just click on the picture, download, print and Enjoy!
I have always loved puzzle games, especially these Habitat word searches. I'd much rather be spending time with my old, torn-up "variety puzzle" book than in front of a video game. Even today I love doing logic problems. I hardly ever am able to solve one without looking in the back for a hint, but I love them just the same.
I found that my students love puzzle games too. In our free time we do crosswords, mazes, hidden pictures, and even soduko puzzles. I'd tie their spelling words each week into a word search which they enjoyed very much. I found that even the kids who struggled more in class really lit up when they completed a puzzle. They were having fun, but still had to use their own thinking skills to complete the puzzle. There are such a variety of them too, offering something fun and challenging for most everyone.
I believe puzzle games are perfect to enhance creative thinking and problem solving. It gives children a chance to use their brains differently and "outside the box." They may seem like just fun free time activities, but I really think that puzzle games keep the brain active and encourage exploration of different problem solving methods.
Take a look at all the fun activities I've provided below and hopefully there will be something you and your students will enjoy. Hopefully you'll love figuring them out as much as I have enjoyed creating them all! All are printable and ready to use in the classroom or at home.