Pentomino Puzzle

Pentominoes are puzzle pieces. Each puzzle piece consists of 5 squares. Each pentomino has the squares arranged in a different pattern from any other piece. There are 12 pentominoes. Therefore, there are a total of 60 squares. The object of the puzzle is to arrange the pentominoes so that they fit into a rectangle that has dimensions of 10 by 6 squares.

This project is rated: EASY

Materials needed:
  • Card stock or computer paper
  • Scissors or craft knife

Project Instructions

  1. Print the pentominoes pattern at right on card stock. If you don’t have card stock, use computer paper. If you find that paper is not stiff enough, the pentominoes can then be copied onto cardboard, or even wood.
  2. Next, cut out the individual pentominoes.

The Puzzle

Now comes the hard part. Arrange the pentominoes into an array that is 10 by 6 squares.

If you would like to have an empty rectangle in which to place your pentominoes print the workspace at right.

If you cannot find the solution, you may look at the hint below and see the positions of the four corner pieces; or if necessary, look at one possible solution.

Pentomino image
Pentominoes
Pentomino field
Four Corner Hint

Pentomino Hint

One Solution

Pentomino Solution

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