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Our Thinkables are short enrichment units organized by grade level and skill area. Each is only $5.00!

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What are Thinkables? They are short collections of enrichment activities arranged by grade level and skill area.

Over the years, we have produced a number of activity books which address skills such as analytical thinking, flexible thinking, listening skills, etc. and span various grade levels. We are in the process of selecting the very best activities from our books and are updating them and arranging them into eight Thinkables skill areas.

We are also producing new materials for the Thinkables series. Our Opposites title, which you will find here, is the first of these.

One important point: Those Thinkables that include activities from our books will be clearly marked. If the activities in a Thinkable title come from a book you already own, you should probably stick with your original material.

But if you are new to Tin Man Press, or if you wish to extend your library of our resources, Thinkables are a wonderful resource. Start with a grade level, pick a skill you think your students need, and dive in!

Like our other materials, Thinkables will have some "stretch." That's why we have indicated a range of grade levels.

More Thinkables will be coming soon, incorporating original material and activities from our existing products.

We hope Thinkables will let you purchase our activities in a targeted—and cost-saving—fashion. Thanks for taking a look!



Dots and Lines - 4th through 6th
Grades 4-6.

This collection of 15 activities encourages children to look at visual information and analyze it in depth. This is not easy!

Drawing Starts I - 1st through 3rd

The drawings are already started (just a little bit) so students must incorporate the lines that are given into their final product.

Drawing Starts II - 4th through 6th

Four separate drawing starts in four boxes begin each activity. Students must use the drawing starts as part of their drawing based on four descriptions.

Expand the Thought I - 1st through 3rd

Sometimes it is fun to take one subject and play with it in a variety of ways. If all goes well, the end result is a kind of "mental stretching." Fun thinking!

Expand the Thought II - 4th through 6th

Elaborative thinking is the challenge here. Students begin with a single concept and branch out in surprising directions. Promotes flexible thinking!

One activity starts this way: "Suddenly you have turned into a tiny person as big as your thumb. You are wearing glasses. Draw them the size they would be." From there, the challenge goes into other ideas connected to being one thumb tall. "Think of three things  you could carry but which would seem heavy." Or, "How big is that hat you're wearing? Draw it."  And on it goes.

Students are encouraged to think about 15 different subjects from a variety of angles.

Finish the Thought - 4th through 6th

Language usage is complex. The activities in this collection focus on the way we learn language and the subtleties of its usage.

How Would That Look? I - 1st through 6th

Each activity begins with a carefully structured statement. Children must process information, formulate a visual idea and then draw it on their paper.

How Would That Look? II - 1st through 6th

There are 45 visual problems that you present orally to the class. In each case children must draw what you've described. Students aren't making art with a capital A. Rather, keen listening is what is needed to produce the desired outcome.

Join In! -1st through 4th

These 15 activities give everyone a break from the regular curriculum for a few minutes of fun whole-class play.

The point here is for children to relax and simply have fun.

The challenges are varied. In "The Great Paper Race" children use pencils to pass a strip of paper around the class—without letting the paper strip drop to the floor.

"Close Your Eyes" asks children to not peek when they are asked some very elementary questions about their room. "What is the color of the ceiling?" "How many windows are there?" etc.

Great for promoting class camaraderie!

Just Write! I -2nd through 5th

The amount of writing required is not voluminous but it's a start to expressing oneself on paper.

You'll get interesting results when students are asked to write a sentence that starts out sloppy BUT ends up neatly (from the But page) or explains in writing WHY people don't keep earthworms as pets (from the Why page).

Since each of these 15 assignments starts with a theme, the writing covers a lot of territory—and it's motivational to do.