After having hunted for many missing pieces of my boy’s jigsaw puzzles, plus the numerous ones which were sucked up the vacuum or stood on in bare feet, I knew I couldn’t be the only one in this boat. Surely other Mums and Dads throughout New Zealand also faced the same battle with their kids’ jigsaw puzzles too? From missing pieces to mixed up puzzles, there had to be a better way! So, I did some hunting and found a heap of cheap and easy ways to store kids’ jigsaw puzzles and I’m here to share them with you!
Your Guide to Storing Kids’ Jigsaw Puzzles
The key to storing kids’ jigsaw puzzles effectively is to be consistent. This means always packing them away when they’re not being played with and using only the two or three most suitable storage methods. Here are a few of my favourite ways to store your kids’ jigsaw puzzles:
- Plastic zip lock bags – this is a super quick way to store soft cardboard puzzle pieces. Write on the front of the bag the puzzle and stick the pieces inside. The problem is that these bags do tear eventually, so it’s not a permanent puzzle storage system.
- Fabric bag – sew or buy a fabric bag which has either a Velcro or tie closing. Cardboard pieces can go straight in, but if you have a wooden puzzle, you can slide the entire thing in.
- Transparent pencil cases – head to the cheap dollar shop and grab some transparent soft plastic pencil cases. These are perfect for keeping cardboard pieces in and if you find some large enough, wooden jigsaw puzzles too.
- Plastic containers – if you have a collection of wooden puzzles, why not keep them all inside a single large plastic box? Yes, the pieces could get mixed up, but at least they’ll all be in one place!
- Lingerie bags – you know the ones we put bras and delicates in before they go into the washing machine? These make fabulous puzzle bags. They’re sturdy, see-through and often large enough to fit the pieces and the tray of a wood puzzle in too!
- Paper organiser – a visit to a scrapbooking or stationary shop will quickly show you how useful a paper organiser can be. You can store a wooden jigsaw on each wire shelf and put the whole thing out of reach when not being played with.
Our Top Tip for Storing Kid’s Jigsaw Puzzles
There’s nothing worse than finding a jigsaw piece but not knowing which puzzle it is from. So, I’ve save the best tip for last. When the jigsaw is opened, give the entire puzzle a unique number. Then write that number on the back of every single puzzle piece and the tray or box it came with. When you find a piece, it is super easy to put it back with the set it came with!
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