Basketball Word Search Free Printable

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Basketball is a fun sport for children, but it can also be somewhat complicated. If children understand the vocabulary and sports terminology involved, it can really help them become better players. Word searches are a fun and basic way for children to practice vocabulary. Combine this basketball word search with a good basketball book and your child will be ready to play!

Free printable basketball word search for kids

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Basketball Word Search

This basketball word search contains 15 words all relating to the sport. The words can be found horizontally, vertically, and diagonally, plus they can be forwards or backwards.

Ways to Use This Word Search

  • Have your child circle or underline the words as they find them. Use a pencil, colored pencil, crayon, or marker.
  • If it’s easier for your child, he or she can use a highlighter or pale marker to highlight the words instead.
  • Another option would be to have your child dot each letter in the word with a bingo dauber. They are always lots of fun for kids!

What You Will Need

What Else You Might Need

If you would like to print out the word searches and reuse them multiple times, you could use a laminator and laminating pouches. Then your child could use a dry erase marker or wet erase marker to complete the activity. Here are some more options to make these free printable word search more fun:


Resources to Go Along with the Basketball Word Search

You can use this word search together with other resources to help your child learn even more about basketball

Books About Basketball

These would be great books to read aloud to your child before they complete the word search. Or older readers would enjoy some of these books on their own.

My Basketball Book by Gail Gibbons

J is for Jump Shot: A Basketball Alphabet by Michael Ulmer

Curious George Joins the Team by H. A. Rey

Basketball: The Math of the Game by Thomas K. Adamson

Even more fun basketball books for kids of all ages!

Basketball Activities

Practice concentration skills and attention to detail with this basketball memory game.

This coffee filter basketball craft from Look We’re Learning uses items you probably already have at home.

A bunch of water balloons make this learning numbers with water balloon basketball activity from Fun Learning for Kids great on a warm day.

See if your child can put these basketball words in alphabetical order.

Modern Preschool shares free printable basketball shots counting mats for kids.


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Basketball Word Search

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Free Printable Basketball Word Search for Kids