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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy


Wordsearch maker (busyteacher.org)

*Updated 7th November 2018*

After a period of appearing to be no longer available, it appears that the wordsearch maker at www.teachers-direct.co.uk appears to be working again.

An alternative wordsearch maker can be found at busyteacher.org. While it does not offer as many customisation options, it is still better than the average puzzle maker.

  • Choose the direction the words will appear:
    • from left to right and top to bottom, reflecting the natural direction which the eye scans a page;
    • for extra challenge, the words can appear in all directions.

Unfortunately, it does not allow you to choose the letters that fill the blank spaces in the wordsearch. This feature would be particularly useful for customising the difficulty of the wordsearch. For example:

  • have the blank spaces filled with random letters of the alphabet (easy);
  • have the blank spaces filled with letters reflecting the frequency with which they appear in the English language (medium);
  • have the blank spaces filled with letters reflecting the words that are in the wordsearch (difficult).
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spicytoothadmin • May 6, 2016


  1. Harrison June 5, 2017 - 6:15 am Reply

    I can not get onto the site to make a wordsearch, this has happened many times.

    • spicytoothadmin October 31, 2017 - 11:21 pm Reply

      Thanks for your comment. I have added another wordsearch maker because the original one is no longer available.

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