Printable Word Scrambles for Kids

Looking for word scramble games? Below you'll find lots of great themed printable word scrambles for kids with tons of words to unscramble.

When you have a hyperlexic child, letters, words, and books kind of take over your day-to-day life and house. You'll find ransom style messages on your floor written out with letter magnets. There will be words and phrases written out in the bathtub with foam letters. So it's not surprising that they love word games.

When my son was little, he loved to do these Scrabble math worksheets and these calculator word riddles. After all, they combined his love for letters with his love for numbers. And he'd spend hours doing word searches. Then he moved on to word scrambles.

Below you will find lots of great printable word scrambles for kids. But first, we'll take a look at the benefits of playing these types of games.

Lots of fun printable word scramble games for kids

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The Benefits of Word Scramble Games

For some people, word games in general are simply fun to play. For instance, I love word games of all kinds and always have. Too bad no one will play Scrabble with me any more though... 

Hyperlexic kids also generally love word games because it builds off of their interests in print material, letters, and languages. But you can also combine those common hyperlexic interests with their individual special interests in topics such as calendars, video games, weather, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or whatever else they're into these days.

But there are plenty of benefits of playing word scramble games for everyone, hyperlexic or not. Not only are word scrambles fun to do, they can be used to:

  • Introduce, review, and build vocabulary
  • Improve spelling
  • Practice problem solving skills
  • Teach patience and persistence
  • Develop cognitive and executive functioning skills
  • Boost memory
  • Improve working memory
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Build social skills through team building, bonding with other people, etc.
  • Practice self-regulation (aka they're therapeutic and great for relaxing and decompressing)

Now that you know about some of their benefits, let's take a look at some of those free printable word scramble games! I've sorted them into two sections. One section is for everyday use and the other is all the seasonal and holiday games.

Benefits of word scramble games for kids

Printable Word Scrambles for Kids: Educational & Fun Themes to Pick From!

The following printable word scramble games are great for everyday use and aren't limited to a specific holiday or season. 

Many of these games are based on my kids' interests (e.g., Sonic and video games) or common interests for hyperlexic kids (e.g., Chicka Chicka Boom Boom). If your kids happen to be into the same interests, then they'll love to unscramble all of these words too.

Holiday Themed & Seasonal Word Scramble Puzzles

From Christmas and Easter to Halloween and winter, you'll find a variety of seasonal word scrambles and holiday word scramble puzzles below. The kids will have a blast unscrambling all the holiday and seasonal themed words, whether that's in the classroom, at home, in therapy, or on the road.

Tips for Using these Word Scramble Games

There are a few different ways you can use these printable word scramble games. Here are some suggestions to try:

  • Laminate them and pair them with a dry erase marker so you can reuse them again and again
  • Use them in teletherapy - Simply screenshare the PDF and type directly on it during your Zoom session.
  • Put them into a binder to create an activity book for road trips, appointments, special occasions, etc.
  • Pair the printable with letter manipulatives of some kind and let your child rearrange the physical letters so it's easier to visualize the word
  • Use them as part of a classroom learning center 

Different ways to use word scramble games

Remember, there are always new word scramble games and puzzles being added to this page so be sure to check back often. You never know which new themes I'll add next! But if you have a specific theme you'd like to see, you can always leave a suggestion here.

In the meantime, I hope you and your kids enjoy the printable word scrambles that are already available above. Which theme will you try first?

Lots of fun printable word scramble games for kids