For anyone not familiar with the concept, these puzzles presents you with a grid of letters, seemingly all jumbled up, and a list of words. Your challenge is to find all of the words hidden within this grid. These puzzles are often designed as word searches for kids with a short list of simple words, and with those words only appearing in the grid in natural directions (horizontally left to right, and vertically top to bottom). However, the searches can be aimed at any age group, using far more complex lists of words and with the words appearing in any of all 8 possible directions.
_ Choose a word of interest to the person who receives it. Suppose, for example, that Grandma has apple decorations all over her kitchen. Your puzzle word could be APPLE. Make a rectangular puzzle that is about 12 x 12 squares. Write the word APPLE inside in different directions about 4 or 5 times. Then fill the blank spaces with A, P, L, E until all the spaces are full. Cut out the puzzle. Glue it onto a piece of red construction paper cut in the shape of an apple. Then ask Grandma, "How many times can you find the word APPLE?" She will be delighted, to the core! You can think of lots more fun words like this to hide.