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Pentominoes Christmas Tree Puzzle

Help bring some festive puzzling spirit to your classroom with this pentominoes Christmas tree puzzle. My students love pentominoes puzzles, and I think your students will love these puzzles as well!

Last Christmas, I made a note to myself to look for some Christmas-themed pentominoes puzzles for the next school year. I ended up lucking out and finding two different versions of Christmas trees that can be made using a standard set of 12 pentominoes.

Pentominoes Christmas Tree Version 1

The first pentominoes Christmas tree I found was from Alex Ravsky. It was shared on a Belgian site dedicated to hundreds (or more likely thousands!) of different pentominoes puzzles and challenges.

Pentominoes Christmas Tree Puzzle

Can you arrange a standard set of twelve pentominoes to form the Christmas tree shape?

Pentominoes Christmas Tree Puzzle

Pentominoes Christmas Tree Version 2

I discovered an alternate version of a Christmas tree made from a set of pentominoes on Instagram. If you like pentominoes puzzles, you must check out @_pp_plyf’s Instagram account.

This puzzle is going to be slightly easier for students to solve because there are various places in the puzzle that only have a single pentomino piece that can be placed there.

If you are working with younger students, I would definitely recommend starting with this second version.

Pentominoes Christmas Tree Puzzle
Pentominoes Christmas Tree Puzzle

Printing and Prepping the Pentominoes Puzzles

These Christmas Tree pentominoes puzzles are designed to print on 11 x 17 inch paper. I print all of my pentominoes puzzles on 11 x 17 cardstock for extra durability, but regular 11 x 17 copy paper will work just fine as well.

These puzzles are sized for plastic pentominoes made up of 1-inch squares.

If you don’t have a class set of plastic pentominoes, I do have a printable version of 1-inch pentominoes available to download and print. Please be aware that you MUST allow students to turn over the printed pentominoes pieces in order to solve the puzzle! This is less obvious than with the plastic pentominoes pieces.

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plastic one inch pentominoes in bucket

Amazon offers several brands of plastic pentominoes which I recommend. Each brand is sold in a tub containing six sets of twelve pentominoes each for a total of 72 pentomino pieces.

Want each student to have their own set of pentominoes? I also offer a set of free printable one-inch pentominoes pieces which can be laminated or printed on cardstock for durability.

Hint Cards

Hint cards are available to download to provide to students who are having trouble solving the pentominoes puzzle.


pentominoes christmas tree hint card version 1

You can put these out for students to use as many or as few as they want. Or you can give one hint card each day. I find that almost all of my students can be successful with these puzzles with all four hint cards.

pentominoes christmas tree hint card version 2

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 sarah@mathequalslove.net with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.