Free Printable Insect word search [creepy crawly good time]

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This free printable Insect word search PDF is great for kids that love bugs. (And still good for kids that don’t love them too.) It contains 21 insects hidden in a big grid.

Insect word search PDF printable for kids.  Featuring 21 different insects.
Insect Word Search printable PDF





Who is this Insect word search for?

This word search is for students in Grades 3-6. Younger students may enjoy it, but since some of the words are hidden diagonally and the grid is large, it may be too complicated for them. But feel free to try it out.




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Insect word search PDF.  This is a free printable insect word search for kids. They can print off the pdf at home and start enjoying
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What is the simple definition of an insect?

National Geographic Kids website has a simplified definition of an insect as an animal with a hard outer skeleton (called an exoskeleton) and that has 6 legs. Plus, most have antennae and wings.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln states that insects have been on Earth for at least 300 million years! And that there are over one million different types of insects.


Insects have done a great job at adapting to live on Earth.





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What insects are featured in this word search puzzle?

Since there are over 1,000,000 kinds of insect, I couldn’t possibly put them all into one word search puzzle. So I’ve chosen 21 insects including:

  • butterfly
  • moth
  • dragonfly
  • beetle
  • cricket
  • grasshopper
  • earwig
  • caterpillar
  • and more…


Are caterpillars insects? I was a little uncertain about this one, but according to this article from WoodlandTrust.org.uk they are. So that is why you’ll find caterpillars in this list of insects to find in the puzzle.






How do I open this word search?

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Thank you and I hope your kids enjoyed this word search.




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