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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!



WakerUppers I - 1st through 3rd

True to the name WakerUppers, you can hand out these activity pages to start the day. A lively mix of challenges that are just plain fun to do!

WakerUppers II - 4th through 6th

These 15 hand-drawn variety sheets are friendly and approachable. Let children work on them at their own pace. Encourages flexible thinking!

WakerUppers III - 4th through 6th

Fifteen hand-drawn variety pages come from our popular book, WakerUppers. This is a nice change of pace from the regular curriculum, providing students experience in thinking flexibly as they handle this material.

Just the titles hint at the adventuresome spirit these activities provide—such titles as Square Snowmen and Nooms, Things You Hold in Your Hand, Old Dogs and Bumpy Writing, and Movie Stars and Weird Synonyms—to name a few.

All students can benefit from these exercises, and completed assignments are good take-home "fodder" so parents can also get in on the fun.

WakerUppers IV - 4th through 6th

Give children a WakerUppers in the morning and let them work on it when time permits. When all 15 activity sheets have been completed, let children take them home so that parents can see what they have accomplished.

What's That? II - 2nd through 4th

These exercises promote analytical thinking as students decide which word descriptions go with which drawings.

This is the kind of intellectual play that benefits all students. Even adults find these "projects" entertaining. And, as a byproduct of doing these activities, they exercise a very valuable skill—patience! Sometimes it takes a while to come up with a solution.

What's That? III - 3rd through 5th

This is symbolic thinking at its best! Abstractions give students the opportunity to think in original ways, looking for visual clues to solve problems.

In one activity called Parents and Children, students look at a tall rectangle (representing an adult) and a small square (representing a child).

They then will match these images with word descriptions. If youngsters find two tall rectangles and two squares, they know the label "parents and children" is the correct answer. If the word description is simply "child," then students will be looking for a single small square.

Write About - 1st and 2nd

Here are 15 activities that introduce young children to the fun of writing (but just a bit) as they explore concepts they already know something about.

The assignments fan out in various directions. One activity involves writing about a chair that has three legs—and what would happen if someone tried to sit on it. Another asks why it would be hard to eat soup with a fork.

These activities are designed to motivate youngsters to explore a single subject in a very non-threatening way. Good experience in thinking and writing.