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Who doesn't love a puzzle? The beauty of the word puzzles you'll find in this section is that they are a great way of getting your child to revise key literacy skills, without them even realising it!

Test your child's general knowledge, reading, and spelling with our teacher-made word puzzles. Ready to download in one click, use them with confidence, knowing that they are all aligned with the National Curriculum. 

Word puzzles and games to play at home

We've got a fun selection of word puzzles for children in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, including word searches and crosswords. Each puzzle focuses on a core skill from the National Curriculum for English, such as suffixes, homophones, plurals, and homonyms.

Plus, there are lots of seasonal crosswords to keep them busy in the holidays, as well as a KS1 word puzzle pack and KS2 word puzzle pack to download and recommendations for great word games and word puzzle apps. Engaging in these English word games will inspire your child to get stuck into a language-related task, bolstering their overall literacy skills. A game format also removes the pressure from learning about spelling, while giving your child with a fun objective to chase. 

Your child will love completing these English puzzles with you and you'll be happy knowing you are boosting your child's reading, spelling and grammar skills too (but you don't have to tell them that bit)!


Word puzzles
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Best word puzzle apps for kids
Best word puzzle apps for kids
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Roald Dahl wordsearch
Roald Dahl wordsearch
Witches, foxes, earthworms and more – they're all wonderful characters from Roald Dahl's books. See if you can spot the names of 20 children, villains and creatures from The BFG, Danny the Champion of the world, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other Dahl classics in this wordsearch. How quickly can you complete it?
Write your own homonyms crossword puzzle
Write your own homonyms crossword puzzle
Homonyms are pairs of words that are spelled and pronounced the same way, but have different meanings. Look at these words. Can you work out the two different meanings?
If not, look them up in the dictionary. On the next page you’ll need to create TWO crossword puzzles where the homonyms are the answers. Each word will need two different clues, one for each meaning.
Instruction text puzzle
Instruction text puzzle
This instruction text worksheet helps your child understand the correct way to explain a detailed process, and also gives you a recipe for a tasty treat!
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KS1 puzzles

Word puzzles for KS1 English

Take a break from homework and spelling drills with this collection of word puzzles for Key Stage 1! Each one covers a different concept that your child will learn in English lessons, but presents it as something to solve by remembering what they've been taught in class.

KS2 puzzles

Word puzzles for KS2 English

Are you and your child tired of the same old English revision and practice sessions? Try something completely new and give them these fun English word puzzles instead! They'll review everything from connectives to apostrophes, using what they learn in class to solve codes, crosswords and wordsearches.

Easter crossword

Calling all crossword lovers!

Crossword are not only great fun, they are also a brilliant way of reinforcing spelling. Let your child have a go at these for starters: