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).
Word searches (also known as "word search puzzles") are a fun way for kids to pass the time. When kids are bored or a rainy day, or when travelling on a long journey, such as a plane or train trip, word searches can keep your kids busy. However, it would be wrong to regard these puzzles as simply a method of passing time _ they can have educational benefits too _ these is because in order to solve these puzzles, kids must pay close attention to the words being used and their exact spelling.