Do you like to solve math puzzles and do you think that they're fun? Hopefully you don't think that math puzzles are boring or silly because they shouldn't be at all boring or a waste of time. You see, solving math puzzles while you're young and in school is excellent practice for real life after you're finished with school and on your way to being an adult. Remember even after you're finished with school, you're never finished with learning. You'll be learning new things for the rest of your life!

Sometimes puzzles are hard or challenging to solve. Have you ever worked on a math puzzle for a long time before you figured out the answer? Working on a puzzle until you solve it takes determination and patience. These are good lessons for the rest of your life. Video games may be fast to play but lots of things that you need to do in this life take determination and patience. For example, look at all the time it takes after college and medical school to become a specialist doctor. Sometime ask your pediatrician about residency where a doctor learns how to be specialist. A pediatrician is a specialist in healthy children.

Puzzles make you think and be creative in figuring out the solution. What about the scientists and engineers who work at NASA? They have learned how think and come up with solutions for spacecraft to explore unknown parts of the solar system.

Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World? Do you know that the engineers who design the rides and park layouts at Disney parks are called "imagineers" instead of engineers? That's because they use imagination as well as engineering skills. Don't you think that "imagineers" probably solved math puzzles when they were in school?

Solving math puzzles gives you skill in approaching problems in an organized way. Math puzzles have steps that you follow in coming up with the solution. Solving math puzzles helps you solve other kinds of problems in an organized way too. Has your family ever moved to a different house or apartment? When you move you need to organize all your belongings and pack them in the right steps.

Working with math puzzles trains you to analyze the choices you can make in coming up with a solution. Have you ever played the game of Nim? This math game requires strategy. You need to plan ahead what your next step will be. If you don't plan ahead, you can lose the game. That's a lot like life in the real world. You need a plan and a strategy for how you will finish college or learn a career. You need to plan a financial strategy to buy a house or raise a family. There are just so many big things to plan for when you are an adult.

You may be thinking that you're just a kid and you like to solve math puzzles or play a complicated game like chess. You are just having fun with some math challenges. But, you're really stretching your mind and developing skills that will help you more than you can imagine when you become an adult. Some day, perhaps as early as when you are in college, you'll be glad that your teacher made you work algebra and math cross puzzles or made you learn how to play chess. Math games and puzzles really help you to prepare for life in the real world by teaching you patience, determination, creativity, and imagination plus skills at organizing and analyzing.