Free Printable Back To School Word Search Puzzle For Kids

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This back to school word search is a fun activity to get kids excited about a new school year. 

Perfect for home or classroom use this back to school word search puzzle is the perfect screen free activity for kids aged 8 – 12.

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Back To School Word Search

It’s hard to believe that back to school time of year is only a couple of weeks away. 

To get our daughter excited about the first day of school we created this fun printable back to school word search loaded with fun school words. 

She’ll be entering a 3rd & 4th grade split class this fall and she’s a little nervous about the new topics she’s going to be learning.

Since she absolutely loves word search puzzles we came up with this little puzzle to get her excited about heading back.

This great activity is perfect for children starting from aged 8 and up . It’s a fun way to welcome back a new school year for parents and teachers alike. 

Whether your an elementary school teacher looking for lesson plan supplements for early finishers or a parent looking for a back to school themed screen free activity, we know our back to school word search will be lots of fun. 

Related: Free printable back to school bingo game with 18 unique playing cards

What You’ll Get

back to school word search

Each pdf file you download will include the following documents:

  • back to school word search puzzle
  • back to school word search answer keys with solutions for parents and educators

List Of Words

back to school word search

The hidden vocabulary words in this back to school word search can be found horizontally, vertically or diagonally in the letter grid.

Students should use a pencil or highlighter to circle the words as they find them throughout the puzzle.

In total there are 25 school themed words included in our school word search puzzles.

The hidden words we used to create this word search puzzle include:

  • friends
  • lunchbox
  • recess
  • classroom
  • locker
  • eraser
  • pencil
  • backpack
  • bus
  • computer
  • spelling
  • math
  • science
  • art
  • music
  • paper
  • read
  • write
  • spell
  • snack
  • gym
  • ruler
  • study
  • teacher
  • books

​When To Use Our Back To School Word Search

Our back to school word search puzzle is a great choice for kids in 1st or 2nd grade up to 5th grade and even middle school.

From English language arts classes to social studies – our puzzle is a good fit for a variety of subjects. 

It can even be used  with younger high school ela students. 

Here are some of our favorite uses for word search puzzles: 

  • As part of back to school activities or morning work when young learners need a simple yet engaging activity to ease them into their school day
  • For early finishers who need some independent work while their peers catch up and complete their work
  • As a set of back to school themed fast finisher activities for students in the first week of school
  • As a screen free activity at home in the days leading up to the first day of school

We love creating word search templates and puzzles.

Here are some of our most popular word puzzles you can download and use for free.

These easy puzzles are perfect for low prep activities for the classroom or home. Feel free to download them all and create your own word search busy binder.

4th of July – created using patriotic vocabulary for young learners. A great choice for children at 4th of July celebrations like BBQs and cookouts.

Summer – a great  choice for teachers in the last weeks of school and parents looking for a low key screen free activity during summer break.

Cinco de Mayo – a fun way to have young children learn about the battle of Puebla and the significance of the 4th of May.

Earth day – add this environment themed word search puzzle to your geography lesson plans about Earth day.

Valentine’s day – one of our most popular screen free activities for Valentine’s day.

Elf on the shelf – a fun puzzle for young children who love their Scout elf!

Birthday – our most popular free printable indoor birthday party game idea for kids. Set a timer to see who will finish first.

Mardi gras – celebrate the arrival of Mardi Gras with this fun Fat Tuesday themed word puzzle.

Camping – the perfect word search puzzle for kids who enjoy camping.

Christmas – the best way to boost holiday cheer during Christmas break. 

Halloween – perfect for classrooms and home use this Halloween word search is a reader favorite. 

Thanksgiving – a fun way to learn about Thanksgiving and the importance of giving thanks.

Download Instructions

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To download this back to school word search you’ll need to fill in the download forum located at the bottom of this post.

Once you’ve joined and confirmed you’ll become a member of our mailing list and receive a direct link to instantly download the back to school word search.

To confirm you’ll need to follow the instructions you receive via email.

If you have downloaded from us before and are already subscribed to our email updates, simply complete the forum and our software will automatically redirect you to the download link so you can download this word search puzzle immediately.

​For best results, we recommend printing our back to school word search on high quality cardstock paper. It makes for a better quality learning experience and is far more durable than standard copy paper is.

Having a hard time downloading this word search puzzle? Make sure you have the latest version of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox installed on your computer. 

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This back to school word search is such a great way to kick off the start of a brand new school year. 

Loaded with back to school themed vocabulary this activity is the perfect way to welcome students back in a variety of different classroom settings. 

Whether you teach social studies, physical science or physical education – these back to school word searches are loads of fun in a variety of different subject areas.

Planning to use our back to school word search? We’d love to see it in action! Snap a photo and send it our way so we can show it off to our readers. 

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This back to school word search printable is a great choice for classroom and/or home use. A fun screen free activity for kids this back to school worksheet is a great choice for children over age 8. Loaded with back to school vocabulary this back to school printable game is a hit with kids in upper elementary, middle and even high school. Head over to our website today to snag a copy of this free printable back to school wordsearch today and to check out all our other screen free back to school activities for kids.
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