Quick Tip to Organize and Store Puzzle Pieces
We’ve all been there. You’re cleaning up toys and you find one, lone, renegade puzzle piece. It’s staring at you, challenging you to make the next move.
You consider your options. You can:
- use your super powers to decipher which puzzle it belongs to and return it to the correct box.
- solve all the puzzles you own and see which one is missing a piece.
- set it “aside” for now, silently vowing to find its rightful place later.
- chuck it and then pretend to be sad when your little puzzle-making mastermind discovers that Mickey’s left ear is missing.
Here’s quick and simple tip to keep all those puzzle pieces organized and easily identifiable. This is especially helpful if you have more than one child doing puzzles together. Bonus? It turns clean up time into a sorting game that even little bitty guys can help with.
1. The first time your little genius solves a new puzzle, flip it over and write a number on each piece (or let your little one color the backside of the puzzle with a marker). As long as all the pieces have the same marking on the back, it really doesn’t matter what you use.
2. Decide how you want to store the puzzle (in the box it came in, in a plastic baggie, etc.) and mark the container with the same number or color that you used on the back of the puzzle pieces.
3. Done. Save your super powers for more important matters.