Bright idea: Never Lose a Puzzle Piece Again!

It's Bright Idea time again, friends!

If you teach lower elementary, chances are you have puzzles in your classroom. 

And...if you have puzzles in your classroom,
you've probably dealt with lost puzzle pieces
or unsuccessfully tried to repair broken boxes.
How DO they get that way???

I feel your pain!

I want to share with you how I FINALLY organized my puzzles.

Super Easy Puzzle Organization Steps

1) Have your students put the puzzles together and check for lost pieces.


2) Once the puzzles are put together, assign each puzzle a number.
Have the students write that number on the backs of all the puzzle pieces
AND THE INSIDE COVER OF THE BOX.

Whenever we find a lost puzzle piece, we know right where it goes!

3) Throw out all the sad looking boxes (perfect way to lose pieces)
and replace them with plastic containers.
Move the pieces to your new puzzle containers.



It even looks cleaner!


4) Cut out the front covers and place in the plastic containers with the puzzles.
Then place the tops on the containers.
 Somehow my camera took a pic of the solar system puzzle instead of the bugs puzzle. Mind of its own...



5) Number the containers to match the puzzle inside, then put those babies on the shelf!
FYI: This year, I plan to put the number AND name of the puzzle on the outside!
Now the puzzles are ready for the kiddos to use!
That's it, friends! Super Easy!
This system has been a life saver in my classroom! 
Give it a try! You'll love it, too!


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