I create a lot of games and activities with pieces or cards. Usually it’s just a piece of colored paper laminated, cut into several pieces, and stored in a ziploc baggie. But inevitably, at the end of the day, there are always some pieces that wind up on the floor and you have no idea which bag they came from. To solve this problem, I have begun numbering the pieces on the back.
Another time saver: Have kids help you! You don’t have time to cut out 24 puzzles with nine pieces each. The first time I make something new, I let my first class cut out the pieces and then it’s ready for all future groups.
Here are some puzzle sentences I use with my students that I use this trick with!