Another successful word search tactic is to choose things in your list which have rarer letters such as K, J, Q, X, and Z. Filter through the word puzzle and find one of these letters, then check the letters directly surrounding it. This tactic is good for finding the harder reversed words _ once you find two letters that match, then scan along to find more until you find the full phrase you're searching for.
Puzzle Basics: First, buy a packet of graph paper at your local office supply store. Purchase graph paper with 4 squares per inch, for kids ages 8 and up. By starting in one corner of a paper, you can make several puzzles from a single page. One packet of graph paper can last for months! Always think about who will be receiving/solving the puzzle before you make it. Choose simple words for young solvers and bigger words for older friends