If you’re reading this and you have darling little ones in your life, then it is quite possible that you will have experienced this frustration for yourself……missing puzzle pieces!
‘P’, my eldest little pig loves puzzles and I am truly glad that she does. Puzzles are fantastic for children. The benefits from playing with puzzles range from improving cognitive skills, hand to eye coordination, problem solving and self esteem. Before my youngest arrived, the biggest problem I had with puzzles was keeping all of the pieces together. Now this was never a difficult task as ‘P’ has always been content to sit down to an activity and set her mind to completing it.
My youngest however is another story and I have come to realise a cardboard box is not a secure container. They don’t hold up to being stepped on, sat on or chewed… once inside the pieces are a teething free for all. Even when ‘E’ isn’t busy destroying puzzles and will sit down to do them, the pieces end up being scattered to the four corners of my home and beyond. I don’t know how she does it but it is clearly a gift.
For Christmas, my little piggies received a fair few puzzles. Now please don’t misunderstand me, I was very grateful. Yet I couldn’t dismiss the twinge of dismay at the thought of ‘P’ and ‘E’ being unleashed upon them, and trying to keep all 12 puzzles together without any pieces going missing.
I was talking to a fellow mummy about it. When she told me this genius idea (if you’re reading this and thinking that I need a life, then you’re probably right), I felt that I needed to share it. Large ziplock food bags and coloured sharpies. Each puzzle gets it’s own colour dot or shape etc on the back of each piece. Then just label the ziplock bag and ‘hey presto’. My puzzles are safe and sound. Well at least more ‘E’ proof than before. Plus now that they are colour coded, it will be much easier to separate them if they become mixed up.
I know that this has been a short but sweet read. Lets face it though, there is only so much you can write about organising puzzles…………
I hope some of you find this tip as helpful as I did. It’s definitely made my life a little easier.
Speak to you soon.
Wishing you well.
Stay At Home Piggy
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