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Pentomino Zoo

A pentomino is a shape made up of five smaller squares. There are 12 differently-shaped pentominoes in total.

You can use pentominoes to create many different shapes. Here you can see a symmetric butterfly made of all 12 pentominoes:

Now it's your turn. Can you place all twelve pentominoes inside this outline of an elephant? Remember that the pentominoes are not allowed to overlap, there shouldn't be any gaps, and shapes should stick out of the body of the elephant:

Here is another example – a pentomino dinosaur:

Can you make your own pentomino animals? There are endless possibilities, and many more puzzles for you to try in our pentomino zoo:

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Virtual Manipulatives for Mathematics Classrooms: polygons, number and algebra tiles, fraction bars, tangram, pentominoes, and more.
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