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Word Search Online for Kids

Word searches are irresistibly fun. You can find them almost anywhere, for any theme, at any challenge level. But did you know that word searches have numerous intellectual benefits? Like any puzzle, word searches are a great way to keep your brain active and develop problem solving skills. They're the perfect boredom buster for long waits or car rides, especially because they provide a cognitive challenge, instead of another round of endless scrolling through social media.
For kids, word searches are a great tool in language acquisition. They offer a chance to practice spelling: children have to pay close attention to every letter in the word to ensure they're circling the correct one. Themed word searches can include new vocabulary words. For example, if the word search focuses on occupations, students might learn about unfamiliar jobs such as a radiologist, butcher, or florist. Word searches also help children increase their working memory and their brain processing speeds.
Turtle Diary offers an incredible array of word search games, all online and all completely free. Kids can play on any device that has an internet connection. You can even make your own word search! Are you taking a family vacation to the mountains and preparing for a long road trip? Create your own word search that includes related words such as 'ranger' and 'peak.' You'll have another fun activity for the drive and a chance to introduce unfamiliar vocabulary your kids might hear on the trip. It's easy to print the worksheet out so your kids can still work on it if you lose cell service along the way.
Use any of the Turtle Diary word searches to improve your child's cognitive functions and language skills. Best of all, use them to make learning a little more fun and engaging!

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How can I teach students to complete word searches?

Most students are sponges who can learn a new skill such as word searches on their own. Once they've been shown, students are ready for the independent fun of completing a word search! Sometimes it helps to provide tips when students begin to feel frustrated, such as looking for letters that are side-by-side in the word to also be side-by-side in the word search.

Can students play word search games online?

Students can play a variety of word search games online at Turtle Diary. Any computer or tablet with internet access is perfect to access the dozens of games available. We have games available to interest students in grades pre-K all the way through 5th grade.

Do you have free word search games for kids?

All of the word search games are free on Turtle Diary! Students can visit the website anytime to have complete access to all of the games available, including the word search games. Some games focus on a theme, such as occupations or flowers, while others focus on finding related words from a word family.

Can I create my own word search?

Yes! At Turtle Diary you can easily create your own word searches here. It's easy to personalize your word search by selecting the grid size, word search title, and even choose upper- or lowercase letters. You can have students search for the word listed or increase the challenge by having them find an antonym or synonym.

Are word search printables available for free?

Once you've made your personalized word search, it's easy to download and print the word search. These are perfect for early finisher work, morning work, literacy centers, and fun during a rainy recess. Printing your personalized word searches allows you to easily differentiate for students at all reading levels.
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