Our youngest daughter received a GIANT tub of assorted puzzles for her birthday...hours of fun and boy was she excited! I knew right away that some organization was needed in order to keep these pieces together. Who likes to put together a puzzle only to find out that pieces are missing at the end? I know that I don't.
One rainy day, we worked together to put the new puzzles together and did the old labeling the back of the puzzle pieces trick.
We had a LOT of pieces to work with!
1) I numbered the pictures on the tub to help us coordinate the matching puzzles. I started at 10 since I knew that we already have some other puzzles labeled downstairs with smaller numbers. You can also use letters, symbols, etc. The possibilities are endless.
2) We put together the puzzles to make sure that all of the pieces were there.
3) I turned over the pieces and used a sharpie to mark the back of each piece.
4) I labeled a Ziploc bag with the coordinating number for the puzzle to be stored in. Once that was done we put the bags back in the tub and into the family room they went.
BONUS TIP: Do you ever find random puzzle or game pieces lying around your house? Me too! :-) To help with this problem, I grabbed a little plastic basket and now keep it on top of our shelving in our family room where all of the games are stored.
When I find random pieces I just toss them in here for a later date. When a lot of pieces have been found then I can easily spend a few minutes tossing them back in the right bags or with the right games. Until that happens, if someone is working on a puzzle or game and missing a piece, we always check this little basket first.
This saves a lot of time and frustration on finding and needing those random pieces. This easy, time saving system, ensures (for the most part) that we are always able to complete that puzzle and really that is half of the battle!
Have you tried this labeling system before or do you have another system that you use to keep game and puzzle pieces together? I would love to hear about them!
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