Word search puzzles are a good way for kids to learn new words and improve their spelling. The sites listed here offer free word search makers you can use to create customized word search puzzles for educational purposes or just for fun.
Note: It is important to proofread these randomly generated word search puzzles as there's always a possibility that the randomized letters might contain inappropriate words.
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Instant Online Word Search Maker
An easy-to-use online word search maker. Just enter a list of words and the grid size, which can be anywhere from three to 50 rows/columns or let the computer determine the best size for your word list automatically. Unfortunately, there's no way to enter a title for your puzzle.
The program will create a printable word search puzzle with words going across, down, and diagonally. Words may go backward or forward. The word list appears below the puzzle. Send your puzzle directly to the printer or use a screen capture utility to save it as a graphic.
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SuperKids WordSearch Puzzle
This bare-bones, easy-to-use word search maker creates a square or rectangular word search which can be sent directly to the printer. These easy word searches have no diagonal entries and you can specify no backward words for an easy word search game for young solvers. Specify your own grid size - anywhere from 6 to 30 rows /columns.
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FREE Word Search Puzzle Creator Online
In this word search maker, you have to type your words directly into the grid in the position in which you want them to appear, then type them in again for the word list. Though it requires more effort to create a puzzle than most of the word search generators featured here, by allowing you to enter your own words/letters in the location in which you want them to appear, you can enter a hidden message in your word search puzzle.
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Discovery Education's PuzzleMaker
This word search puzzle maker is the only one listed here which creates a solution page. It also allows you to create a word search puzzle with a hidden message. The grid itself can be either square or rectangular and its size can go up to 40x40. Letters can be shared or not, according to your specifications. The finished word search can be in either HTML (for web publishing) or text.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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A to Z Teacher Stuff Word Search Maker
This word search puzzle maker is easy to use, but chock-full of features that aren't found in the others. It can generate a square or rectangular word search ranging from an easy five to a challenging 50 rows/columns, or use one of the templates to create a word search game shaped like a car, star, circle, or another pre-determined shape. You can specify the use of only forward or up and down words for easier word search games, or include diagonal entries for a more difficult puzzle. There's an option for hiding the word list for more challenging puzzles.
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Word Search Generator
This word search maker will create a 20x20 square word search puzzle. You have the option of manually placing your words in the grid where you want them to appear or having the program place them for you automatically. This word search generator is the only one featured here with which you can create a more difficult 'snaking' type word search, one in which the words in the puzzle aren't necessarily in a straight line but "bend" and go in different directions.
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Word Search Fun.com
This site features thousands of free word search games to print and solve, but you need to subscribe in order to create your own printable word search. This easy-to-use word search generator creates a basic square-shaped word search. There are five size options available: 9x9, 11x11, 13x12, 15x15 and 20x20. If you wish, you can make your puzzle public so others can solve it on the Word Search Fun Web site.