Whether you’re looking for a back to school word search for your classroom or for your children at home, I hope you enjoy this free printable!
Working on puzzles, including word searches, has a variety of benefits for both children and adults. They can help improve spelling, letter and word recognition, and problem solving skills (just to name a few!).
This back to school word search features 20 education themed words to seek and find, including:
Free printable back to school word searches
As always here on The Artisan Life, these printables are available free for personal use.
You can print and use them with your own kids, in your homeschool co-op, Sunday school class, or personal classroom, but please do not redistribute the digital files. Instead, just refer your friends and colleagues to this post so they can download the puzzles for themselves. 🙂
This is a more challenging word search for a child – younger kids may need some assistance. The words can be hidden forwards, backwards, and diagonally. The backwards words are (I think) trickiest to find!
To help you, I am also including an answer key.
These previews are just low resolution images. Please use the download links (highlighted with grey boxes) below each preview image to get the high resolution PDF.
First there’s the puzzle with a paperclip background for a fun, school vibe. The paperclips are easy on your colored ink and would also look fine printed in black and white.
Then there’s the same puzzle with a stack of books and an apple in the background. This one uses a little more ink and wouldn’t translate as well into black and white.
Finally, there’s a plain, only black and white version of the word search without any extra adornments. This is obviously the most ink-friendly version!
Tips for using printables
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Using printables is pretty straightforward, but these tips will help you make the most of these word searches and any other free printables you find!
It’s easy to make this printable reusable if you use a laminator or dry erase pocket.
A dry erase pocket is basically a super strength page protector that’s designed for use with dry (or wet) erase markers. It’s a good alternative if you don’t have a laminator.
- Set of 10 Super heavyweight clear erasable pocket, For papers up to 9" x 12"
- Ideal for work stations - no need to replenish paper - just wipe away and start again
- Write on and wipe off, Go green, Use over and over again, Use low-odor dry erase markers (included)
If you find yourself using a lot of free printables, consider purchasing an at home laminating machine. They’re very affordable and pay for themselves in about 10-20 uses when compared to the price of laminating at a copy shop.
- Laminates items up to 9 inches wide
- Two roller system with two temperature settings
- Suitable for use with photos
If you chose to protect your pages for reuse, you may want to go ahead and print them on presentation paper so they look their best. Presentation paper is heavier than printer paper and has a special coating for crisp, vibrant images.
The difference is more noticeable in real life, but the mermaid bingo card on the left was printed on presentation paper while the one on the right was printed on cardstock.
For one-time use, just plain printer paper is fine.
The two colored versions are located in the Resource Library. (Actually, all three versions are in the same file along with the answer key.) All you need to do is input your password to log in and download away!
Natasha Núńez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.