Some educational websites that offer free printable word puzzles are Education World and Student Handouts. The Education World website provides monthly word search and phonics word search puzzles that teachers or parents can print out and use with students. There are numerous phonics word search puzzles available.
The Student Handouts site has a variety of printable puzzles on topics that include famous painters, American presidents and spring season. This site also has free blank word search puzzles with grids for teachers to make their own word puzzles.
If a teacher wants a custom word search puzzle for a specific topic, there are websites like Discovery Education where he or she can make and print a puzzle with the online generator provided. Different types of puzzles can be made with the generator, including criss cross and cryptograms.