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How to Play Tents and Trees Puzzle Game Walkthrough

Tents and Trees puzzles are an engaging and intellectually stimulating activity for puzzle enthusiasts of all ages. In particular, with the simple rules and captivating challenges, these puzzles provide an excellent opportunity for parents to teach their children logical thinking and problem-solving skills. Our free printable Tents and Trees puzzles come complete with tiles which you can cut out – making it great for beginners as it’s easy to move the tiles around until you find the right spot!

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In this blog post, we will explore the rules of Tents and Trees puzzles, give a walkthrough of how to play, provide tips for parents teaching children, and showcase the learning benefits of this delightful puzzle genre.

Rules of Tents and Trees Puzzles

Tents and Trees puzzles consist of a grid that represents a camping ground, with trees and tents scattered throughout. The objective is to place tents in the grid while ensuring that each tree has exactly one tent adjacent to it, either vertically or horizontally. The squares without a tent or tree are grass. We have included grass tiles in the download files or, if you prefer, simply use a pencil to strike through the squares without a tent or tree.

There should be one tent adjacent to every tree (horizontally or vertically, NEVER diagonally)

One Tree For Every Tent

Note there is one tree for every tent. This means there will be the same number of tents as trees.

There is one tent for every tree therefore the number of trees equals the number of tents.

The Numbers Along the Sides and Top Are Your Clues

The numbers at the top and side of the grid show you how many tents to add to that row or column.

The numbers along the side and top show the number of tents to add to that row or column

Look at these numbers – these will tell you the easy places to start! In the example we’re using here, you can see there are some rows and columns marked with 0. This means there are no tents in this row or column. We can strike this through or add grass tiles to these rows/columns. By eliminating where we know there can’t be any tents, we may find we highlight places where we can add trees. In the example below you an see that there is only one possible position for the tent on the top row.

By eliminating places where trees can’t be placed, we may find we can clearly see where trees CAN be added.

Tents Must Never Be Touching

Tents must never touch another tent. This means that two tents cannot be positioned together, whether horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

This is wrong on two accounts. First, two tents should never be together and secondly, the number of tents in this row should be 1 as we can see from the number at the side of the grid.

Remember that tents should never be positioned next to each other diagonally either!

Remember tents cannot be touching diagonally as well as horizontally or vertically

You will have successfully have completed the puzzle when each row and column contains the correct number of tents. If you are using our tiles, you will see that each puzzle has the correct number of tiles, so you will have successfully completed the puzzle when all the tiles have been used.

Tips for Playing Tents and Trees

Here are some tips to help you get off to a flying start when playing tents and trees 🙂

  • Start off by eliminating as many places as possible where you CAN’T add a tent. This reduces the number of options and will highlight where you CAN add a tent.
  • Remember that tents must never be adjacent to each other (including diagonally).
  • Use our grass tiles to fill in spaces to save having to erase markings.

Tips for Parents and Teachers Teaching Tents and Trees Puzzles to Children

Introducing Tents and Trees puzzles to children can be an enjoyable and educational experience. Here are some tips to enhance their learning while solving these puzzles:

  1. Start with smaller grids: Begin with smaller puzzle grids, such as 5×5 or 6×6, to help children grasp the basic concepts and gain confidence before moving on to larger sizes.
  2. Explain the rules step-by-step: Break down the rules of Tents and Trees puzzles into simpler instructions and demonstrate them with examples. Encourage children to ask questions and provide clarifications where needed.
  3. Encourage logical deduction: Tents and Trees puzzles require logical deduction and reasoning skills. Teach children to analyze the given clues, consider the available options, and make informed decisions based on logical deductions.
  4. Promote trial and error: Encourage children to experiment and make educated guesses when uncertain. They can use pencil marks or lightly shaded cells to test various possibilities and eliminate incorrect options. Our tents and trees puzzles have printable tiles, which young ones can move around to make things even easier!
  5. Patience and persistence: Remind children that puzzle-solving requires patience and persistence. Encourage them to tackle the puzzles one step at a time and celebrate their progress and achievements along the way.

More Than Just Fun! Logic and Reasoning Skills

Engaging children in Tents and Trees puzzles offers numerous cognitive and educational benefits:

  1. Logical thinking: Tents and Trees puzzles stimulate logical thinking by requiring players to analyze clues, apply deductive reasoning, and make logical connections to solve the puzzle.
  2. Problem-solving skills: These puzzles help develop problem-solving skills as children learn to strategize, consider multiple possibilities, and make informed decisions to find the correct solution.
  3. Spatial reasoning: By visualizing the relationships between trees, tents, and empty cells in the grid, children enhance their spatial reasoning abilities, which are essential in various academic subjects.
  4. Concentration and focus: Solving Tents and Trees puzzles demands concentration and focus. Regular practice can improve a child’s ability to concentrate on a specific task and ignore distractions.
  5. Patience and perseverance: Tackling challenging puzzles instills patience and perseverance, as children learn to stay motivated, overcome obstacles, and persist until they find the solution.

Tents and Trees puzzles offer an entertaining and intellectually stimulating experience for beginners of all ages

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