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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.

Pentominoes Reindeer Puzzle

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Free Download of Reindeer Pentominoes Puzzle


This file is specifically designed to be used with plastic pentominoes composed of one-inch squares. For the pentominoes to fit perfectly on the grid, this file must be printed at 100% Scale or “Actual Size.” If your printer defaults to “Fit” or “Shrink oversized pages,” the pentominoes will not fit properly on the grid which can cause great frustration when trying to solve the puzzle.

If you do not have access to a set of plastic pentominoes, you can also print a set of one inch pentominoes on cardstock.

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

Pentominoes Reindeer Puzzle 11 x 17 (PDF) (913 downloads)

Pentominoes Reindeer Puzzle 11 x 17 (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (322 downloads)

Pentominoes Reindeer Puzzle 8.5 x 11 (PDF) (94 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.