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
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.