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.
Word jumbles (also sometimes known as "word searches" or "word search puzzles") are a fun activity for kids to pass the time. They are in fact an ideal way to keep kids busy on rainy days, when travelling, or when they are bored and need to something to fill the time. However, you should not regard these puzzles as simply a leisure activity _ they could have educational benefits too _ for example, by helping kids to learn to concentrate, to pay attention, and to focus on the precise spelling of the words in the puzzle.