19 Free Thanksgiving Word Search Puzzles

The Best Thanksgiving Word Search Printables

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Thanksgiving word search puzzles are a great way to reinforce vocabulary and spelling skills for children. Kids just won't be able to resist these word searches with all the turkeys, pilgrims, and Thanksgiving food decorating them! They are a perfect addition to a kids table at the Thanksgiving meal or a good activity if you are traveling for the holiday.

The Thanksgiving word search puzzles are organized by skill level: Easy puzzles contain 15 hidden words or less, Medium includes 16-29 words, and Challenging puzzles have more than 30 hidden words. 

Most of the word search puzzles below are printable but there are also a few online puzzles. For a fun game, create your own Thanksgiving word search puzzle. When you finish these, try out some fall word search puzzles or other holiday word search puzzles. This is the year to make the holiday the best one yet with Thanksgiving freebies to help you celebrate and be thankful.

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    Easy Printable Thanksgiving Word Searches

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    These easy printable Thanksgiving word searches are just right for children in 1st through 3rd grades. All the Thanksgiving word search puzzles below have 15 hidden words or less, and some also include the answer key.

    1. Pumpkin pie word search puzzle: Find 9 hidden words in the leftover pumpkin pie.
    2. Thanksgiving harvest word search: Find 9 Thanksgiving words to complete this puzzle, like Native Americans, Autumn, and corn.
    3. Printable Thanksgiving word search puzzle: 11 hidden words, like gobble and spoon, need to be found in this printable Thanksgiving word search puzzle.
    4. Thanksgiving word search packet: Here are 4 Thanksgiving word searches, each with 11 words to find. This is perfect for K-2nd graders.
    5. Thanksgiving vocabulary word search: An adorable word search puzzle that focuses on popular Thanksgiving vocabulary words like turkey and Mayflower
    6. Thanksgiving day word search placemat: Not only does this Thanksgiving Day placemat include a word search puzzle with 15 hidden words, but it also includes a maze and picture to color.
    7. Thanksgiving word search: This word search is advertised as a hard one because the words can be spelled forwards, backwards, diagonally, up, and down, but there are still only 15 words to find.
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    Medium Level Thanksgiving Word Searches

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    This list has Thanksgiving word search puzzles that have between 16 and 29 words. Kids in 4th and 5th grade will enjoy and be challenged by these puzzles.

    1. Thanksgiving: There are 17 Thanksgiving-themed words hiding in this puzzle, both short ones like ham and family as well as long words like cranberries, pumpkinpie, and November
    2. Thanksgiving dinner word search: This adorable Thanksgiving word search puzzle is in the shape of a turkey! You'll need to find 18 words to complete it.
    3. Harvest fruit & vegetables search: Find 21 fruit and vegetables hidden in this Thanksgiving word search.
    4. Turkey word search puzzle: This Thanksgiving word search puzzle is shaped like a turkey! Find 26 words to solve it.
    5. Thanksgiving day: Hidden in this Thanksgiving work search are 27 words, including milesstandish, newworld, and cornucopia.
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    Challenging Thanksgiving Word Searches

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    You have to be really good at word searches to successfully find all the hidden Thanksgiving terms in these word searches! They have 30 words or more and are just right for children in 6th grade or older.

    1. Thanksgiving word search: Find 30 hidden words in this puzzle shaped like a turkey.
    2. Secret message Thanksgiving word search: Reveal a hidden message after you find all 35 words.
    3. Secret Thanksgiving word search: There's another secret message hidden within this puzzle. Find all 34 to reveal 26 letters that spell a popular Thanksgiving Day event. Here's the solution.
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    Online Thanksgiving Word Search Puzzles for All Levels

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    These Thanksgiving word search puzzles can be completed online.

    1. PrimaryGames Thanksgiving word search: Find 17 Thanksgiving-related words to complete this online word search puzzle.
    2. Thewordsearch Thanksgiving puzzle: Can you find the 15 hidden words? Words are all sizes, including fall, gravy, creamedonions, and blackfriday.
    3. Abcya online Thanksgiving word search: Solve the small (10 words) or big (15 words) game to hear silly turkey sounds and other noises.
    4. Apples4theteacher Thanksgiving word find challenge: In this online Thanksgiving word search puzzle, you'll need to find 10 words in 5 minutes. There's also an option to print this puzzle.