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Pentominoes Rabbit Puzzle

In this pentominoes rabbit puzzle, you are challenged to use a standard set of twelve pentominoes to build the shape of a rabbit.

pentomino rabbit puzzle for easter or spring.

This makes a great addition to your classroom to celebrate the start of spring or Easter.

We tackled this as our puzzle of the week this week since Easter is this upcoming Sunday.

pentominoes rabbit puzzles hanging on dry erase board.

I hung three copies of this puzzle on the dry erase board with sets of pentominoes in one of my favorite classroom organization tools: Charles Leonard magnetic pockets. I love that students can grab the entire pocket and take the pentominoes back to their table without dropping pentominoes as they walk!

This puzzle is part of a collection of animal-shaped pentominoes puzzles available here on my blog.

Puzzle Instructions

The goal of this pentominoes rabbit puzzle is to construct the shape of a rabbit using a standard set of twelve pentominoes. The pentominoes may be flipped or rotated, but they are not allowed to overlap one another.

pentominoes rabbit puzzle screenshot.

Please Note: The eyes of the rabbit will not be covered. The triangular nose, however, is only for decoration, and it will end up being covered by the pentominoes. This did confuse a few of my high school students.

Printing and Prepping the Pentominoes Puzzles

11 x 17 Version

This pentominoes puzzle is 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. (If you don’t have the ability to print on 11 x 17 paper, keep reading for an alternative printing option!)

partially solved pentomino rabbit puzzle.

All of my pentominoes 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.


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.

  • Learning Resources Rainbow Pentominoes
  • Learning Advantage Pentominoes
  • Didax Colorful Pentominoes – CURRENTLY THE CHEAPEST!

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.

Letter Sized Version

Since many teachers have told me that they do not have access to a copy machine or printer which prints on 11 x 17 paper, I have also uploaded a letter-sized version below which prints on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. You will have to trim and tape or glue the two letter-sized pages together to form the pentominoes puzzle board.

Hints for Solving

Pentominoes puzzles which use an entire set of twelve standard pentominoes can be quite tricky to solve. It’s not unusual to hear that students have worked on a puzzle for over 45 minutes without finding a solution.

pentominoes rabbit hint cards.

While some students can handle this level of perseverance, other students might benefit from a few hints in solving the puzzle. I have created a set of 4 printable hint cards that can be used with students to give them (or yourself!) a small piece of the solution.

I do find that the more experience students have with working pentominoes puzzles, the less they need the hints!

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.