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Word searches and crosswords


Word searches and crosswords

What to do with this activity?

Word searches and crosswords are a great activity.  They will keep your child spotting the letters of the alphabet, reading words, thinking about the meaning of words, and the spelling of words.  

Here's a printable word search with the counties of Ireland as a theme. Notice that two of the counties are missing - see if you can spot which ones.

Here is another printable word search this time with an international countries theme. 

Also, encourage your child to do crosswords.  If you or your child is unsure how to do crosswords, here is a short NALA video that will explain.

Find some online crosswords here - start with the puzzle for beginners.



  • Why am I doing this?

    Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practices it the stronger their writing ability will become. You child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child.

  • How can I do more?

    Decide on a writing project you could work on either together or with you standing by to help. This could be writing or sending an email to a family member or friend living away or your child writing about one of their interests. List key messages you want to write about, who else might read it and then begin work on the piece. Have a dictionary at the ready and use the spell checker if working on a computer.

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