Raise your hand if you have tripped over a puzzle piece and are dying for some puzzle storage organization. How about jamming all the pieces into a drawer in an attempt to tidy up? Donate just because you could not take the disarray? Well, my hand is certainly up for all three.
Is your puzzle storage driving you bonkers? Good news! I have a simple and effective tactic that will rock your organization world—no more tripping over puzzles. – Rejoice! With this organizing hack, not only is your preschooler using puzzles, but they are also practicing concepts such as matching and sorting.
Now, I know storing puzzles can be MESSY! But don’t fret. I have the best hack for puzzle storage.
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Here is what the puzzles looked like before:
Here is what the puzzles look like after a simple puzzle storage hack:
Puzzle Storage Containers We Like to Use
- Small accessory box – option one
- Vinyl & Mesh Pouch – option two
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Organize Puzzles in 3 Easy Steps
Step 1. Take pictures of your puzzles.
The idea behind this organization hack is that you want to make sure all the puzzle pieces are stored with the right puzzles. But how will you do that if you don’t remember which ones go where?! That’s where this genius idea (even if I do say it myself) comes in. Take photos, so you don’t forget!
Step 2. Add the image.
Take a photo of your puzzle or cut the image off the box top to add to the mesh zip bag.
You can also tape pictures of the puzzles to each container so everyone can see what goes where. Puzzle storage can be simple and uncomplicated with a system in place.
Step 3. Find a nook to store everything.
The key to storage organization is to have the toy (or, in this case, puzzle) somewhere accessible but tucked away. I found the perfect little nook to store mine in. Where’s yours?
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The Learning Advantages of Puzzles
- Classification – Kids need to learn how to sort what goes where. It’s an especially important skill for math. When your preschooler is ready to play with the puzzle, they must ask themselves which one is the correct container based on the puzzle image.
- Fine motor development to help prepare small hands for pencil grip – Picking up puzzle pieces and putting them in the right place gets those little hands working!
- Matching – Your child will learn what goes together, which is awesome for pairing. You can also check out this epic matching game.
- Practice hand-eye coordination – Those puzzle pieces have to go in a specific place, or it won’t work! That makes completing puzzles an excellent hand-eye coordination activity.
- Used for independent play – When a child plays by themselves, they learn how to problem-solve independently.
- Used with a friend to improve social development – Team working can be hard, but just like board games, if more than one child is working on the activity, they must communicate!
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You Have to Try This Puzzle Storage Idea!
Now, puzzle pieces have a place your toddler and preschooler can put everything back independently! What are you waiting for? Go and give this puzzle organization solution a go!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Keep puzzles organized by including the main image with the storage bag. I like to take a picture of the completed puzzle or cut out the main image from the box to add to the storage bag.
The best way to store puzzles is with large mesh bags. These bags fit jumbo puzzles, and the main image is cut out from the box. Store these puzzle bags upright to take up less room.
Over the years, we have perfected our toy storage game! Organize transportation toys in a large bin, games, and puzzles in mesh bags, blocks on shelves, small pieces in transparent containers with lids, and sensory bin fillers in large transparent containers with lids. See our toy storage solutions here.
Beth & Co. says
Love this tip Beth!
Days with Grey says
Thank you, Megan!!! 🙂
I have tons of these puzzles before. I used paper organizer trays. I can load 2 sets of puzzles per tray. And the trays being stackable saves me space and energy in organizing.
Days with Grey says
That is such a great idea! I love that the trays are stackable.