I also love that it's an easy prep center. All you have to do is write the sight words on the back of the pieces, and you're all set! For storage, I cut the picture off the box (because you've got to be able to see the picture to put the puzzle together, right?), and just keep that and the pieces in a Ziploc bag. Easy peasy!
The most difficult part of prepping this center is getting the puzzles. Here are some places to look for children's puzzles:
- your own closets at home
- the dollar store
- friends may have puzzles they'd love to donate
- send a note home asking if parents have any puzzles they'd like to donate to the class
I sent a note home a couple years ago, and one family sent in all of these puzzles! JaCkPoT!!