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Silhouettes Puzzle

The goal of the Silhouettes Puzzle is to place as many of the octagons as needed on top of one another so that the silhouette of one of the rabbits below appears.

Silhouettes Puzzle

I was first introduced to the Silhouettes Puzzle when I saw a tweet that featured the puzzle at a science museum. I retweeted it, asking if anyone knew where I could find a copy of the puzzle. My husband did some serious google-searching and found the puzzle online at Puzzles.com.

Silhouettes Puzzle

Pam Cruz graciously offered to print a set and mail them to me. First, isn’t this card adorably cute? Yes, yes it is. Pam printed off six sets of the silhouettes puzzle with her cricut and sent them my way.

Hello Notecard with Message of "Snail Mail for You"

My students loved playing with these octagons and seeing what shapes they could create!

Silhouettes Puzzle
Silhouettes Puzzle
Silhouettes Puzzle

Free Download of Silhouettes Puzzle


Silhouettes Instructions (PDF) (222 downloads)


Silhouettes Instructions (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (106 downloads)

The actual octagon puzzle pieces can be downloaded here.

Want more puzzles? Check out my puzzles page!

Puzzle Solutions

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