Word searches typically have words hidden vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Harder puzzles can also have words in reverse order, making even short words very difficult to find. One of the simplest tools you can use to complete a word puzzle is a ruler _ block out the horizontal lines one by one and read across until you recognize a collection of letters that form one of the phrases you're searching for. Next, move the ruler vertically line by line. Finally, do the same for diagonal lines. This simple first pass at the puzzle should allow you to discover a large number of words.
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.