The term problem-solving sounds scary. Who wants problems? Why do we want to subject ourselves and youngsters to problems? The word problem comes from the word probe, meaning inquiry. Inquiry is a much friendlier idea. Rather than attack a problem that has been given to us, let us accept an invitation to inquire into and to explore an interesting opportunity. Even toddlers can excel at inquiring, exploring, and investigating the world around them! PROBLEM-SOLVING TECHNIQUESSuccessful Flailing Do Something Wishful Thinking The Power of Drawing Make It Small Eliminate Incorrect Choices Perseverance Is Key Second-Guess the Author Avoid Hard Work Go to the Xtremes