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I like to keep certain jigsaw puzzles in a way where they will stay together. I have found the boxes are not really good for us, as they tend to get torn and ragged over time. I use a pencil storage bag that you would put in a notebook binder. I cut out the picture of the puzzle so it fits in the bag and then write the number of parts the puzzle has. If you have a number of jigsaw puzzles, you could put them all in a binder.
By Robyn Fed. from Tri-Cities, TN
If your children or grandchildren have several board puzzles, here is a great way to know which piece goes to which puzzle, when two or more are out at once. This works great in preschools also. Turn all the boards over and number them 1- whatever. Now turn the pieces over to each board after you are sure which goes with which one. Number each piece the same as the board it belongs to.
Number 2 board pieces would all be number 2's. Now when you find a piece left out or someone drops several puzzles at once you can easily tell where it goes.
By Randa from San Marcos, TX
Certain boxes are perfect for just going flat, each having equal sizes on all four sides. I simply undid the flaps, flattened it, and put the puzzles and posters inside, sealing well with tape. Being protected, they are easy to carry and store.
Keep this in mind when you need to ship something flat, as some shipping boxes are too expensive, and if you already have them, you can trim off any excess.
I hope this helps someone moving or shipping flat things.
By Sandi from Salem, OR
My toddler grandson loves puzzles. We have many boxes of them - 35-55 pieces each. So the pieces don't get mixed up with other puzzles, I bag each puzzle in a zip locked baggy (sandwich size) and place it back into the puzzle box. No lost pieces or mixed up puzzles.
By Shirley from Shepherdsville, KY
To better organize my daughter's puzzles I cut the picture from the top of the box and place it along with the puzzle pieces in a ziploc bag. Now the puzzles take up a lot less space and no more squished boxes and missing pieces.
By Melissa from Avon, IN
Puzzles are a big part of any preschool classroom. Children are able to practice their fine motor skills and learn about a variety of topics. The problem I found was that the boxed puzzles never last an entire school year. The boxes would tear up and puzzle pieces would be lost. I eventually decided to not even keep the flimsier boxes.
Instead, I cut the picture from the lid and taped it to the front of a ziploc bag. I then placed the puzzle pieces in the bag. Kids can still see what the puzzle is meant to look like and baggies take up less space!
I've also seen this done using plastic pencil boxes, which I might try one day!