How can I package a mini puzzle to send?

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So I know the size limits on mailing items, and I had previously sent a put-together puzzle to my child in Mexico. He mentioned receiving some stickers that I sent at the same time, but not the puzzle, so I'm not sure if it even made it to him. I had talked to a Compassion rep on the phone and she suggested I split it into two sections (because it was a couple inches out of the size limit), tape the back so it wouldn't fall apart, and then put it between cardboard. She said that then Compassion would re-package it later. 

I have a small enough puzzle this time to send to a different child, that when put together is 5x7 inches. I have taped the back of it so it won't fall apart, but it's too big for a ziploc baggie. Do you think that sending it just in between cardboard would be okay, or would it be better to put it in like a card envelope?

Thanks for the help!
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My understanding is you can put it in a one gallon baggie.  I am planning on sending one I have put together and I am just going to put a sheet of cardstock behind it to keep it from falling apart.  For 5x7 I almost think a one quart Ziploc would work.
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Hi Sarah! First of all, I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE your heart for sending fun items to your sponsored child. You are making such a difference with your thoughtful paper gifts that you're sending! Thank you!

Also, I want you to know that we will always contact you via email if we are unable to send an item. We will often go to great lengths to make sure that as much as we can get through the mail, will get through the mail to your child. This means that if you didn't hear from us, you can count on your child having received the puzzle. 

We can send put together puzzles in a gallon sized Ziplock bag. Based on the size you mentioned, I'm sure that a gallon size (or something slightly smaller maybe?) should fit just fine. You might put it together on the cardboard and then put both the puzzle and the cardboard in the Ziploc bag. You could also put it in an envelope if you think that might fit better. I hope this helps! 
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Thank you both! And that's good to know that he received the puzzle then :) thanks for being so helpful and a quick answer!

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