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Cover the Heart Puzzle

Today I’m sharing the Cover the Heart Puzzle with you. It’s time to update y’all about the happenings of one of my favorite places in my classroom – the puzzle table.

cover the heart puzzle

Even though Valentine’s Day was LAST week, I’ve got a bit of a Valentine/Heart themed puzzle out for my students to tackle this week.

I found the Cover the Heart puzzle in Puzzle Box, Volume 3. The puzzle was created by Tanya Grabarchuk.

The only thing I did was create a version of the puzzle with physical pieces of the puzzle for my students to move around.

This puzzle book (and the entire series for that fact!) are chock-full of puzzles that can easily be adapted for classroom use.

Cover the Heart Puzzle on Table in Classroom.

The instructions for the cover the heart puzzle are pretty simple. Arrange the five pieces to entirely cover the heart shape below. You can rotate pieces and flip them over, but you cannot overlap the pieces.

Puzzle Board for Cover the Heart Puzzle.

If you’ve already tried the Cover the Duck or Cover the Camel Puzzles with your students, you will be excited to hear that this puzzle uses the EXACT same pieces!

It was nice to be able to just print out another puzzle board and not have to laminate any new puzzle pieces.

Speaking of other puzzles, did you hear that I created a new puzzles page on my blog solely dedicated to puzzles?!?

Partially Solved Cover the Heart Puzzle.

I did run into one snafu with this puzzle that I was NOT expecting. Some of my students thought that the heart that they were supposed to be covering was the heart in the middle of the shape instead of the overall heart shape.

I have edited the file to color those squares black to avoid future confusion.

Students solving Cover the Heart Puzzle.
Student attempting to solve Cover the Heart Puzzle.
Student attempting to solve Cover the Heart Puzzle.

This puzzle uses the same puzzle pieces as the following puzzles:

Special thanks to the Grabarchuk Family for providing me a free copy of Puzzle Box, Volume 3! If you’ve been enjoying using the puzzles from the Grabarchuk Family’s books, I highly recommending supporting them by purchasing a copy of one of their books from Amazon.

Each Puzzle Box book contains 300 awesome puzzles that you can use with your students or for your own puzzle solving enjoyment. 

heart with statistics normal curve on top.


Looking for more Valentine’s Day math teaching resources? This activity is featured in my collection of Valentine’s Day Math Activities and Puzzles. You’ll find 29 more creative ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your math students.

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

do they have to cover the middle piece of the heart?

Sarah Carter

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

No. The three middle pieces should be empty.

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