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).
Theme_based puzzles : Choose a topic of interest to the person who will be receiving the puzzle. For example, if Grandpa loves to garden, use gardening or vegetables as the topic. Brainstorm to make a list of both long and short words related to the theme. For gardening, list soil, seed, plant, hoe, weeds, tomatoes, cucumber, radish, rain, sun and more. Place the words in a rectangular space of graph paper. Place the longest words first. Decide how large the puzzle will be and make sure your words fit inside that space. Make a list of the words as you hide them. Double_check the puzzle. Make your puzzle into a gift. Type the letters and word list on the computer and add some appropriate clip art. Or simply cut out the puzzle from the graph paper page, glue it onto a blank page, and write the word list on that paper. Tuck the puzzle inside a card or just hand it to the lucky recipient.