A parent or teacher wanting to expose children to word search puzzles could of course buy a printed book full of word search puzzles, but the problem with this is that you don't get to choose the words. An alternative idea is to make and print your own puzzles _ with the help of appropriate word search puzzle maker software it's actually very quick and easy to do. Using the right software also provides other advantages _ you can print as many copies of each puzzle as you want, and you can even choose the size of the letter grid or directions words are hidden in (for example by turning off diagonal and backward directions), so as to adjust the puzzle difficulty.
The player's goal is of course, to find the words hidden in the letter grid, and circle each of these words. Often players will be told exactly what words to look for, but in more difficult puzzles, the designer may simply give the player a hint as to the type or subject matter of the words (for example, "countries in Europe").