Parents searching for these sorts of educational yet fun games for Christmas will be better off if they find one or two products that have quality activities spanning several grade levels. That way everyone in the house can use the same resource, and there will always be brand new activities available each year. Before purchasing any product it is important to see if there are enough activities available at each skill level so they can be used several times during December and over the long Christmas vacation.
For anyone not familiar with the concept, these puzzles presents you with a grid of letters, seemingly all jumbled up, and a list of words. Your challenge is to find all of the words hidden within this grid. These puzzles are often designed as word searches for kids with a short list of simple words, and with those words only appearing in the grid in natural directions (horizontally left to right, and vertically top to bottom). However, the searches can be aimed at any age group, using far more complex lists of words and with the words appearing in any of all 8 possible directions.