My children always loved word searches in the elementary school years, and I have made plenty of those in the past! Back in 2017, I published a set of monthly word search printable packets that were very popular. Each month featured at least 10 word search puzzles with themes that complemented the chosen month.
I am updating those word search packets this year with a fresh face lift! A streamlined layout, new fonts, and few new graphics are headed your way.
If you have purchased these packets in the past, just log back into your account and you should be able to download the newest version.
✅ Browse through all of the word search puzzles here at Mama’s Learning Corner! Not only will you find monthly themes, but also phonics work such as short vowels and long vowels. More topics include holiday themes and U.S. States.
January Word Search Puzzle Packet
After brainstorming all of the themes we might talk about throughout the month of January, I settled on 10 different word searches.
Each word in the search can be found horizontally, vertically, or diagonally from left to right.
Each word search puzzle includes 12 words, and there are 10 word search puzzles total.
This set of word searches is geared towards 1st through 4th graders.
The themes in this printable set include:
❄ New Year’s Eve
❄ New Year’s Day
❄ Chinese New Year
❄ All About Snow! – Includes vocabulary words related to snow: dendrites, frozen, crystals, etc.
❄ Winter Games and Sports – Includes vocabulary words such as ice fishing, skiing, and luge.
❄ Winter Clothes
❄ A New President – This set focuses on the Presidential Inauguration. This can be used year after inaugural year, as it’s not specific to a particular year.
❄ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 2 word searches on this theme, each with different vocabulary
❄ It’s Winter – Includes words such as thermometer, blizzard, frigid, and heater.
Also included is an answer key.
Why Word Search Puzzles for Kids?
Are word searches just busy work for kids? I say absolutely not!
Yes, they are fun pages, but word searches can be packed with learning.
Here are a few suggestions:
- These word searches are grouped by theme. Choose a ‘theme for the day’ or have a ‘Fun Friday Theme’ each week. Talk about the theme – read a book, watch an educational You Tube video, and go over each vocabulary word. Ensure your children know what each word means and can use it appropriately in a sentence.
- Do your students need phonics help? Choose a few words from the word bank in the puzzle and focus on a particular phonics concept. For example, choose to work on vowel teams, silent letters (such as a silent k or g), consonant blends, tricky spelling concepts, or types of syllables. The opportunities for phonics mastery are endless here.
Need help with teaching spelling? Take a look at How I Teach Spelling in Our Homeschool
- Use this as a brainstorming activity. After reviewing the vocabulary words together on your chosen puzzle page, brainstorm other words that could be included. Make a list on the board and add to it throughout the day or week.
- Need penmanship practice? Have your child write the vocabulary words – in print or cursive – in their best penmanship.
Need more handwriting resources? Hop over to my handwriting and copywork section to find a variety of helps.
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