Who doesn't love word searches? They are free and printable and great to use at home or in class. They are great for keeping kids entertained when they finish early or during free time. The hidden words can be found hiding in any direction: horizontally, vertically, diagonally and forwards and backwards. I've separated them into a few different categories. Just click on the pictures below, download, print and enjoy!
Feel free to contact me if you want to see anything in particular. I am always trying to come up with new, fun ideas for this website.
I have always loved puzzle games. 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.