Printable word search puzzles made with synonyms and antonyms are hard to find. “Big”, “happy,” “good,” “easy,” “young” – writers of all ages use these overdone words. We do it too. A lot. It’s easy to do. It’s good. It makes us happy.
So, we came up with some solutions to this
big immense problem: printable word search puzzles that will help students go beyond these overplayed words and move into more sophisticated, awesome words. These printable word search puzzles are a combination word search puzzle and synonym/antonym worksheet – perfect for morning warm-ups, bellringers, or for early finishers. Use these puzzles to help your students go beyond “happy” and “good” – it will really make them think! Plus, there’s a “punny” riddle to solve with the leftover letters in the word search grid. There’s a clue to this pun in the graphics used as well!
Printable Word Search Puzzle Freebie
This word search puzzle contains a one-page sample of our larger resource.
It’s a word search with a word bank of words to find. The words are synonyms and antonyms of the word “big”.
After the student has found and circled all the words, the remaining letters will spell out the answer to a punny riddle related to the topic word. Students who like more of a challenge can use the version with a blank word bank, thereby requiring them to figure out the synonyms and antonyms themselves (this is in the larger resource).
Printable Word Search Puzzles for Learning Synonyms and Antonyms
Next, we know you are going to love this new word search puzzle activity we just released. It’s an expansion of the freebie and contains a total of ten word search puzzles. Each puzzle requires a student to find 16 synonyms and antonyms of these common adjectives: “big”, “happy,” “good,” “easy,” “young”.
Differentiated – an Easy and a Challenging Version Included
There are two versions of each puzzle so you can differentiate between students who may be learning these words for the first time and students for whom this can be used as a vocabulary review or bonus challenge.
The easy version is a simple word search with a word bank of words to find; in the difficult version, the student is only given one word and must figure out the word bank as well.
In both versions, after the student has found and circled all the words, the remaining letters will spell out the answer to a punny riddle related to the topic word.
Thank you for puzzling with us!
—Eric and Friday from Puzzlemonster
The puzzlemonster. Lifelong puzzle maker, animal lover, total nerd. Husband to Android developer.