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Terrier Pentominoes Puzzle

I’m continuing the theme of sharing a weekly pentominoes animal puzzle with this week’s terrier puzzle. My students who tackled last week’s penguin pentominoes challenge were super excited to see a new animal puzzle to take on.

terrier pentominoes dog puzzle

Can you arrange a set of twelve pentominoes to form the shape of a terrier?

terrier shaped pentominoes animal puzzle

I discovered this dog-shaped pentominoes puzzle on Abaroth’s Pentomino Zoo. This site has 21 different pentomino animal puzzles. Each puzzle features an image which must be created using a full set of 12 pentominoes.

terrier shaped pentominoes animal puzzle

I printed three copies of the terrier pentominoes puzzle on 11 x 17 cardstock. Often Amazon will list packages of this cardstock as “used.” This usually just means that the outside packaging has been torn. I am often able to pick these packages up for 50% off as a result.

I printed this puzzle on 11 x 17 paper since the 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 terrier outline.


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.

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.

terrier shaped pentominoes animal puzzle on dry erase board

I placed each set of pentominoes in a magnetic pocket below the puzzle on the dry erase board. I like this method of displaying the puzzles because students are able to easily grab the pocket of pentominoes and take them back to their desks.

I did an almost identical set-up for my Penguin Pentominoes Puzzle last week!

terrier shaped pentominoes animal puzzle with pentominoes laying around

I also re-used my Pentominoes Challenge Poster I made to hang above a set of 13 free printable pentominoes puzzles I shared earlier in the year.

One of my students who was unable to figure out the penguin puzzle last week was able to solve this week’s terrier puzzle. They were so excited! They even started working ahead on next week’s puzzle since I already had it printed.

partial student solution to terrier shaped pentominoes animal puzzle

Hint Cards

A set of four hint cards is available to download for students (or teachers) who might need a bit of assistance in solving the puzzle!

pentominoes terrier puzzle hint cards

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.