Word search puzzles (often simply known as "word searches") are puzzle games normally played using a pen and paper. The player's goal is to find a number of words hidden in a grid or table of letters. The words can be hidden at any position or orientation within the grid of letters. Words may be vertical (going up, or going down), horizontal (left to right, or right to left) or diagonally (in any of the four diagonal directions).
Creating word searches by hand, whilst possible, takes a lot of time. Also, once you've hidden all the words yourself, you'll probably remember where they are when it comes time to find them again. This is where the internet can help! If you search the internet you can find a number of useful resources which let you enter a list of words to create your own, personal game. I particularly like Word Search Party because it will spell check your words as you enter them, which helps catch those typos before you start hunting for the words! You are able to set the difficulty level to something you (or your intended audience) is happy with, and create a wonderful, personalized word search puzzle.