Children's interest in these type of puzzles can be a good thing as solving a word search puzzle might help a child in a number of areas. To solve the puzzle, a child must pay close and careful attention to the task _ a child will soon learn that concentration and persistence pays off! Most word search puzzles are accompanied by a list of words to search for. Children may encounter new words through these puzzles, and thus expand their vocabulary. In order to find words with the puzzle grid, a child must pay close attention to the exact spelling of each of the words.
The player's goal is of course, to find the words hidden in the letter grid, and circle each of these words. Often players will be told exactly what words to look for, but in more difficult puzzles, the designer may simply give the player a hint as to the type or subject matter of the words (for example, "countries in Europe").