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Reindeer Pentominoes Puzzle

This reindeer pentominoes puzzle is the second addition to my growing collection of Christmas-themed pentominoes puzzles for the classroom.

My students love pentominoes puzzles, and I think your students will love these puzzles as well! Previously, I shared two different versions of a Christmas Tree Pentominoes Puzzle.

Reindeer Pentominoes Puzzle Instructions

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

Reindeer Pentominoes Puzzle for Christmas

Puzzle Source

I ran across this reindeer shape made from pentominoes on a pentominoes handout on a website from Spain.

Reindeer Pentominoes Puzzle for Christmas

Printing and Prepping the Pentominoes Puzzles

11 x 17 Version

This reindeer 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.

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.

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.

8.5 x 11 Version

Don’t have the ability to print on 11 x 17 paper? I have also uploaded a letter-sized version of the puzzle at the bottom of this post.

You will have to tape or glue the two sheets of paper together.

christmas garland with ornaments on them with text "christmas math activities" 


Looking for more free printable Christmas resources? This activity is featured in my collection of Christmas Math Activities and Puzzles. You’ll find 30+ more creative ideas for incorporating Christmas into your classroom!

Free Download of Reindeer Pentominoes Puzzle

If you want more reindeer-themed Christmas fun for your classroom, check out the Reindeer Logic Puzzle!

Pentominoes Reindeer Puzzle 11 x 17 (PDF) (1762 downloads )

Pentominoes Reindeer Puzzle 11 x 17 (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (748 downloads )

Pentominoes Reindeer Puzzle 8.5 x 11 (PDF) (794 downloads )

Hint Cards

Reindeer Pentominoes Hint Cards (PDF) (353 downloads )

Reindeer Pentominoes Hint Cards (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (309 downloads )

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.