This pentominoes pig puzzle is the latest addition to my growing collection of free printable pentominoes puzzles that I created for my students and am sharing with you to use in your own classroom.
For the month of October, I challenged my students to complete the Jack-o-lantern pentominoes puzzle. It turned out to be a very tricky one! I received emails from many of you looking for the solution because your students were unable to solve it.
My plan was to switch back to my usual animal-themed pentominoes puzzles when November rolled around. What I didn’t plan on was going into labor on my own naturally over a week before my scheduled induction date and twelve days before my actual due date.
Yes, if you don’t subscribe to my weekly email newsletter or follow me on twitter or instagram, you might have missed the fact that Baby Carter #2 joined our family in early November. He is sweet and snuggly and absolutely perfect. It’s also making me realize just how far removed from being a baby that our 3.5 year old toddler is.
So, my students will still be tackling this pentominoes pig puzzle, but it will be in January when I return from maternity leave instead of November like I planned. I actually took time a few weeks ago to prep and print several different new pentominoes puzzles, so I will likely be sharing those with you in the coming weeks.
Don’t worry. I will be taking plenty of time to soak in all the baby snuggles!
I ran across this pig shaped pentominoes puzzle in Jon Millington’s Pentominoes: Puzzle shapes to make you think which was published by Tarquin in 1987. It was listed as part of a Pentazoo puzzle challenge.
I was able to check out a copy of this book virtually from the Internet Archive’s Free Online Lending Library. You will need to make a free account to access the book.
I printed this pentominoes pig puzzle on 11 x 17 cardstock (regular 11 x 17 copy paper would work just as well but you might want to laminate it for durability) since the plastic pentominoes I have in my classroom are made up of 1-inch squares. I wanted my students to be able to lay the pentominoes pieces directly over the elephant outline.
Students must build the pig using a standard set of 12 pentominoes.
If you don’t have a class set of plastic pentominoes, I do have a printable version of 1-inch pentominoes available to download at the end of this post. 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.
I placed a set of pentominoes in a magnetic pocket below the puzzle on the dry erase board. I like this method of displaying pentominoes puzzles because students are able to easily grab the pocket of pentominoes and take them back to their desks.
Free Download of Pentominoes Pig Puzzle
Printable Pentominoes – Note: If you use these printable pentominoes with your students, make sure they know that they are allowed to flip over the pieces!
I intentionally do not share solutions to the puzzles I feature on my website because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are not 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.
More Pentominoes Puzzles
- Pentominoes Pig Puzzle
- Pentominoes Jack-o’-lantern Halloween Puzzle
- Elephant Pentominoes Puzzle
- Terrier Pentominoes Puzzle
- Penguin Pentominoes Puzzle
- 13 Free Printable Pentominoes Puzzle Challenges
- Star Pentominoes Puzzle
- Color Rectangle Puzzle
- Pentasquares Puzzle
- Three Immovable Pentablocks
- Color Square Puzzle