Summer Word Search (#1 Free Printable For Kids)

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This fun summer word search printable is a great way to celebrate the arrival of summertime – use it at home or in the classroom to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer break.

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Summer Word Search

Our free printable summer word search is a great activity for kids. 

Whether you’re using it as an end of year activity for early finishers in the classroom or as a brain break activity during summer vacation this summer-themed word search is fun for kids of all ages.

Or, add it to your summer bucket list for some quick and easy summer fun.

Each download comes with a colorful summer word search and an answer key.

We created this summer word search printable with loads of summer-related words.

The word list is simple enough for young children but also challenging enough for kids in middle school or high school. 

In general, the difficulty levels of our word search puzzles are suited for children in 1st or 2nd grade up to 4th grade or 5th. But of course, it’s still a good choice for children who are younger or older – there really isn’t any fixed age limit.

Related: Summer bucket list craft for kids

Summer Word Search Vocabulary

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Here are the hidden words in our summer word search puzzle. This list of words are hidden within the puzzle vertically, horizontally or even diagonally. 

Kids can circle or high light the different words as they make their way through this summer words search.

If you’re using these word search puzzles with especially young children then they may need some extra support – so, plan to stay close to offer encouragement.

The vocabulary words children need to find include:

  • Ice cream
  • Beach
  • Palm tree
  • Sunscreen
  • Vacation
  • Bonfire
  • Watermelon
  • Sandcastle
  • Popsicle
  • Flipflops
  • Camping
  • Suntan
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • Pool
  • Goggles
  • Fun 
  • Swing

Supplies You’ll Need

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  • A copy of our easy summer word search puzzle – the download links can be found at the bottom of this post. Downloading our summer word search puzzle is quick and easy.
  • Color Printer – we just love our Brother compact wireless color printer
  • Cardstock paper – we really like using high quality card stock paper for printing. It makes these summer word searches more durable.
  • Self-laminating sheets or a laminator to make these resource types reusable if you’re a teacher. The fantastic thing is you can reuse them with your students time and time again. So, whether it’s for some independent work or for early finishers laminated puzzles always come in handy at school.
  • Writing tools – high lighters, pencils, markers, dry erase markers if you’re going the laminating route.

More Word Search Games

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Here are even more free word search puzzles you can download.

These printable word search activities are lots of fun for kids of all ages.

Strategy games like this also work on problem-solving skills and cognitive abilities making them a great activity for home or classroom use. 

Print all our word search games and create a word search activity book to encourage some independent work.

Pair these word search puzzles with other free printables like: color by number worksheets, I Spy activities, bingo games and trivia games for even more fun.

Cinco de Mayo word search – based on the battle of Puebla this word search puzzle is lots of fun for kids. It’s a great way to teach young children about the history and significance of May 5th.

Earth day word search – environmentally themed words are hidden within the grid of letters for kids to find. This puzzle is a fun way to celebrate Earth day with kids at school.

Valentine’s day word search – one of our easiest word search templates, this puzzle is full of Valentine’s themed vocabulary. Use it anytime during the month of February for some Valentine’s themed fun.

4th of July word search – a nice choice for any 4th of July celebration including BBQs and cookouts.

Elf on the shelf word search – a fun way to instantly boost holiday spirit! Find horizontal, vertical and diagonal words with a festive holiday theme.

Birthday word search – these puzzles are suitable word searches for birthday parties! One of our most popular birthday printables this puzzle is a perfect quiet birthday party activity for kids. 

Mardi gras word search – a great word search puzzle to celebrate Fat Tuesday with the entire class.

Camping word search – our favorite free printable for scouts, girl guides and other youth groups. A great choice for kids who love the great outdoors too!

Christmas word search – a fun word search puzzle when you’ve got free time during the holiday season. Add this to your Christmas bucket list for some screen free family fun.

Halloween word search –  spooky vocabulary words make this puzzle perfect for celebrating Halloween.

Thanksgiving word search – print off a couple of copies to keep the kids busy while you prep Thanksgiving dinner.

Download & Print Instructions

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Our free summer word search puzzle is simple and easy to download and print.

First, you’re going to have to download a copy of these free summer word search puzzles with the answer key to your computer.

To do this, simply click on the download link found at the bottom of this post. Our word search puzzles are created in PDF format and not Microsoft Word.

For easy access you’ll need to make sure you have the latest version of google chrome and  Adobe Acrobat installed.

Once you’ve downloaded the file you can print. Before printing always view our summer word search printable using print preview.

If the summer holidays word search looks to be cut off on the edges you can fix it by reducing the print scale to around 90%. 

For best results, we recommend printing our summer word search printable in color and on high quality card stock paper.

More Screen Free Activities For Kids

Easy hair styles for little girls – our favorite simple hair styles for little girls that last all day. These are perfect for holding up all day during summer camp.

Summer bingo – play a couple of rounds of summer bingo at your next BBQ or cook out. This colorful and summery bingo game is so much fun to play!

Pool float craft – an adorable summer themed craft for kids perfect for home or classroom crafting.

Giraffe craft for kids – use an easy pre-made template to create this fun mixed media craft idea.

Fall coloring pages – a variety of different amazing detailed autumn scenes for kids to color

Sidewalk chalk ideas – a massive collection of gorgeous sidewalk chalk inspiration for little artists

DIY mud kitchens – our favorite way to encourage outdoor play during the summer. Mud kitchens encourage kids to get messy and use their imaginations.

​Mud pie recipes – free printable mud pie recipes kids love using. This scavenger hunt mud pie recipe is perfect for some sensory play in a DIY mud kitchen setup

DIY backyard ideas – from DIY rock climbing walls to slides and tire swings this post contains the best of the best when it comes to outdoor DIYs for kids.

Swings for kids – a big collection of our favorite backyard swing ideas for kids. These swings are the best way to transform a tired swing set into a fun play area for kids again.

Boredom busting crafts – a massive collection of summer themed crafts for kids of all ages. These summer craft ideas are a great way to encourage creativity in young children.


This free summer word search was so much fun to create in anticipation of the summer months and the arrival of warmth and summer sun.  

From the word bank to the design we had a really great time creating this summer holiday word search to celebrate all the wonderful things summer has to offer.

We’d love to know how it goes if you plan to use it with your kids or in the classroom. Snap a picture and reach out to us on Facebook to let us know – we love to see our printable activities in action.

Got a question about this summer word search? Drop us a comment down below using a valid email address so we can get back to you as soon as possible.

Download link

Click on the button below to download our free printable summer word search puzzle.

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