Step 2: Get to know your pentominoes

There are twelve unique shapes in pentominoes all made out of five cubes each. Based on the shapes, they are all named after letters. Most of very obvious, that is the "L" shaped piece is called the "L." Other pieces need a bit of an imagination. The shapes/letters are

F, I, L, N, P, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

The way to remember the letters is the nonsense word, "filnop" and the end of the alphabet, T through Z.

Here are the first five shapes/letters:
I made a set out of heavy paper years ago. Blocks are a MUCH better idea! <br>A friend's daughter has a plastic game for four players. Each player gets a set of shapes that includes pentomioes. There is a grid that pieces sort of lock onto. If I can't find it at the local toy store, I'm gonna get blocks. I especially like the way you've spelled words. It's easier to talk about jacks, stars, and Becky than letters or descriptions of shapes.
I figured out where we first leaned about pentominoes. From the book &quot;Imperial Earth&quot; written by Arthur C. Clark. We made our first set out of cubes back in the 1970s.
I have never heard of pentominoes before but this looks awesme. Just earlier tonight I was wondering what I could make with building blocks like these, thanks for the idea!
Great idea. I was going to post a Pentomino 'ible but couldn't find a supplier for the plain blocks I used on my original set. My set gets used most for a 2 player game for which you need an 8 x 8 square grid. The players take turns to place a piece flat on the board from the pile of pieces and the one who lays the last piece so the other player cannot go is the winner. It is deceptively tricky!
Nice! Looks very much like what we made. We bought a bunch of "sticks" in various kinds of wood, like walnut, cherry, oak, etc. The sticks were exactly square so hubby just cut the various sizes and I glued them together. The big set is from some original sized alphabet blocks. One day I got the urge to paint them. Has anyone else out there made their own set of pentominoes?
Nice, reminds me of the Edward de Bono's work with 6 cuboids, I always liked that

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