Dinosaur Word Searches for Kids Who Love Dinosaurs

dinosaur word searches

There are kids who like dinosaurs, and then there are kids who LOVE dinosaurs. They know every dinosaur name, every period they came from, and everything they ate. For these kids, solving a dinosaur word search would be loads of fun. Or better yet, why not kick up the fun by helping them make their very own dinosaur word searches?

Making dinosaur word searches with your child (rather than simply making one for them) is a fun activity to do together. They’ll guide you on the words they want in the puzzle, then you can use these ideas to help make it more cohesive.

Already ready to try it? If your child is already rattling off dinosaur names they want to use, come make a word search now! Below you will find tips for making dinosaur word searches and helping your child solve them once you’ve made a few.

How to Make Your Own Dinosaur Word Searches

All you need to make a dinosaur word search is a list of words you want to include. Then, once you have your words, you just pop them into My Word Search and watch as it magically generates a word search in just a few seconds.

Below, you’ll find a few tips to get your word list started.

Choosing a Theme for Your Word Search

Whether you’re creating dinosaur puzzles, food chain word searches, or word searches about holidays, it’s helpful to first have a theme. And yes, for our puzzle today, the theme is “dinosaurs”––but what about dinosaurs?

Here are some ideas of themes you could have for your puzzle:

  • The names of your child’s favorite dinosaurs
  • Geological eras when different dinos lived
  • Your family’s names mixed in with dinosaur names
  • Fossil hotspots around the world
  • Famous paleontologists
  • Vocab related to a dinosaur’s life, habitat, food, and habits
  • Movies, books, and films about dinosaurs (including characters)
  • A mix of general dinosaur-related words
  • Dinosaurs from the same era
  • Supplies needed to dig for dinosaur bones

If you’re not sure where to start, use this list of dinosaurs to pick a few. You could also go an extra step and make a word search with the dinosaur names, then changing the word list to the meaning of each name.

Picking Words for Your Word Search

Once you have your theme, it’s time to create your word list. You can decide which words fit the theme and which are better left to a different puzzle.

Remember that you can control the difficulty of word searches in a couple different ways:

  1. The number of words: if there are more words, it may take longer to solve.
  2. The size of the worksheet: a large word search will take much more time to sift through.
  3. Word directions: if you have words going backwards and diagonal, it will take longer to solve then just left to right.

Remember to adjust the difficulty level to make it appropriate for the age. If it’s too difficult, kids may give up or find it boring.

Take Word Searches on the Road

Activities like custom word searches and DIY crosswords can be a fun addition to a field trip or museum visit. Visit the museum website beforehand to make a word search in preparation, or make a word search as soon as your child comes back. This will help them remember what they learned.

Finding Dinosaur Words Using Common Word Formations

Once you’ve made your child’s dinosaur word search, it’s time for them to solve it. If the word list is particularly difficult, or they need a little extra help finding the words, give them these tips.

A lot of dinosaur names end with the suffix -saurus. Your child can use this knowledge to find words faster. Instead of fixating on one word at a time, they can find any -saurus ending, then check the beginning of the word to find which dinosaur it is.

Dinosaur Puzzle Examples

As an example, this word search below has a number of -saurus endings for practice.

Other common suffixes in dinosaur names include -raptor and -ceratops. This extensive dinosaur word search includes all three common suffixes.

Other words related to dinosaurs also have common endings, such as -ozoic for eras, -assic and -ian for time periods, and -ivore for what kinds of food the dinosaurs ate.

The overall difficulty of the dinosaur word search will depend on your child and their knowledge of dinosaurs already. If they know a lot, a seemingly difficult puzzle might actually be relatively straightforward.

Working from a resource may also make the puzzle easier, along with the length of the word list, the size of the puzzle, and the direction of the words. Try out a couple of puzzles to see what difficulty level works best for your child.

Dig Up Your Own Custom Dinosaur Word Search

If you think about it, word searches are sort of similar to digging for dinosaurs, too. Only you’re finding words instead of bones.

Making dinosaur-themed word searches is a great way to bond with your child over something they love. Want to go a step further? Make a dinosaur crossword puzzle or even dinosaur-themed bingo cards with your kids!

These activities are a fun way to develop the vocabulary, and crossword puzzles will reinforce information about each word.

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