"In some of the earlier tutorials I've been using
variables without actually explaining what they are. Strict
Python-Zen: within Python there are no variables everything is an
object*. On the assumption that that is too abstract for you, I
will explain it a different way, through the use of containers
(like trays and buckets) which, if I'm lucky, will preserve at
least a little bit of the Python-Zen.
"Variables allow you to be flexible. They are a way of storing
something in the computer, much like having a bucket for putting
your Lego in. If you need to go do some chores and just drop your
toys, you might not be able to find them again later – or if
your parents clean up the toys might get thrown out in the course
of garbage collection. If, instead, you get a plastic bucket out
and put them in there, you can rest safe in the knowledge that
they'll be there later after you finish your chores. Variables are
a bit similar."