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This printable Back to School Word Search puzzle is a fun activity for kids of all ages! Great for teachers, families, class parents, room moms, Scout leaders, and more! The perfect back-to-school activity for the first day of school! 

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We love our free printable word puzzles around here, and since Back to School is just around the corner (eek!!!), that means it’s time for another super fun word search printable! We’re celebrating the first day of school with this awesome Back to School word search, perfect for elementary school children and older – even the grown-ups will want to get in on the fun! Seek and find twenty Back to School-themed words in this free printable word search puzzle.

Word search puzzles also have proven benefits that aid in memory retention, word recognition, and vocabulary reinforcement. Not only that, but they’re super fun, too! So don’t let going back to school be stressful, use this free printable as a fun prep worksheet for your class or extra practice at home. And, if you’re a homeschool family looking for even more handy printables, check out our extensive collection of homeschool materials, organization tips and tricks, and more!

(Hint: words can be found forwards, backward, up, down, and diagonally!)

These free word search puzzles contain all back to school related vocabulary words. They’re the perfect way for younger students to brush up on their literacy skills while still having fun!

What Are the Benefits of Word Search Puzzles?

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Word search puzzles are a great workout for your brain! Word searches aid and assist with word recognition by helping the brain filter letters into recognizable patterns which in turn helps you to find order and determine meaning. These same puzzle-solving skills can translate to other areas of your daily life by boosting communications skills, increasing vocabulary, and helping to keep your mind mentally sharp.

Word searches are also beneficial in helping with spelling, language, and teaching children how to assess context clues. Word searches and other similar puzzles have also been proven to help increase memory retention and concentration in people of all ages. Not to mention that they’re lots of fun, too!

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Do your best to find school words backward, forwards, up, down and horizontally! A fun, visual processing activity that challenges word recognition and promotes fine motor skills. These back to school word searches are so easy to incorporate into lesson plans, and are a great activity to celebrate the new school year. Challenge yourself to see how many hidden words you can find, and for bonus points – have your new students race against the clock to find each one of these school-related words. 

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We had so much fun finding and seeking all of these fun school-related words! My boys’ favorite word was “recess”, of course!

This free printable word search puzzle was the best way to keep the kiddos busy and enjoying some quiet time, while still enjoying the learning process. When I asked the kids what we should do next, the answer was “MORE fun school printables!” So, we’ll definitely be making more of these word search templates to enjoy next year, too.

This school-themed word search will definitely be a huge hit with kids of all ages, and it’s the perfect First Day of School activity for your children, students, or Scout troop!

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