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).
For instance, Route 66 may be acknowledged by old timers as the Main Street of America, but for the young crowd it is now more known as the reason why the rookie missed his preparations for the tie_breaker race in California. So whether as an educational game to pass the time away or as a supplementary school exercise, there are ten very useful printable activity sheets on this topic alone. The Route 66 Word Search challenges the player to finding 18 words embedded in the maze of letters. The Route 66 Vocabulary and Crossword sheets each contain 10 questions that will surely stretch one's thinking muscles. Equally interesting are the Draw and Write Page, the Challenge, the Alphabet Activity, the Tic_Tac_Toe, the Map Activity, and Theme Paper, all from the same Route 66 Printable series. Lastly, its Bookmarks and Pencil Toppers is a fitting hand_and_eye coordination project for a preschooler.