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Activity Books

Thinking Challenges

Looking Logic
Grades 2-6.

These 100 activities will sharpen analytical and critical thinking skills. Children must carefully examine a design and then complete a sentence that describes the design.

$13.00
Nifty Fifty
Grades 1-6.

These 500 thinking questions address 50 very familiar things, such as a map, a tree, a clock. From the Penny page: "Why aren't pennies made out of gold?" From the House page: "Why do houses have rooms?"

$16.00

Direction Following & Listening

Loosen Up!
Grades 1-5.

Great activities for your problem perfectionists. These drawing, cutting and folding assignments are fun and non-threatening. Students build confidence as creative, original thinkers.

$13.00
Play by the Rules
Grades 2-6.

A valuable resource for teaching one of the most difficult skills of all—listening. This popular book gets children to pay close attention by offering activities they truly enjoy. Many of the 50 activities result in a drawing or design that students create while listening to your directions.

$16.00
Smart Snips
Grades 2-6.

Fancy scissor-work on every page! Each of these 50 activities starts with cutting, so the reproducible sheets become hands-on challenges. Students must follow written directions to complete each activity.

$16.00
Surprise in the Middle
Grades 2-6.

Direction-following with a surprising twist. Students follow oral instructions to make marks on their papers. Then you tell them they've really begun a drawing they never would have imagined. Careful listening leads to a delightful reward.

$13.00

Learning Centers

OPQ
Grades 2-6.

This is not a safe little ABC book. The OPQ letters signal that what lies ahead is offbeat and original. Though the book centers around the alphabet, the focus is always on thinking.

$13.00

Language Development

T is for Think
Grades 1-3.

The alphabet is a tool for thinking in this collection of 300 clever activities. Answers require a word that has something to do with what the letter is doing. A valuable aid in introducing younger students to the alphabet, but a great thinking-skills book for older children, too.

$13.00

Board Books

Unbored Blackboard Book
Grades 2-6.

Don't be fooled by the name—the ideas in our "blackboard" book work just fine on all sorts of boards, including whiteboards and SMART Boards. It's the ideas that are the key part of this long-popular little gem of a book.

$9.00
Unbored Bulletin Board Book I
Grades 2-6.

The Great Unbored Bulletin Board Book offers ideas that are the opposite of those canned bulletin-board kits. Titles in the first book include This is Your Robot Speaking, Sack Lunch Messages, and Crazy Couplets on a Weird Beard.

$9.00

Thinkables

Thinkables

Just Write! II -2nd through 5th

Each activity centers around a single concept. There's The Old Page, The How Page, The Noise Page, The Same Page … you get the idea. The subjects themselves invite good writing and flexible thinking.

$5.00
Just Write! III -2nd through 5th

There's The Straight Page, The Baby Page, The Fast Page—giving children new writing ideas about common concepts. Very entertaining—and students will hardly know they are gaining experience in thinking—and writing!

$5.00
Just Write! IV - 2nd through 5th

Bugs, boredom, mistakes, facts, worries—these are a few of the subjects encountered in this collection of Just Write activities. The amount of writing children are asked to do is not voluminous, but the free-ranging thinking they have to do encourages mental flexibility.

$5.00
Listen Up! I - 1st through 3rd

Fifteen teacher-led strategies are sure to improve listening skills—and students will hardly know they are being put to a rigorous task!

$5.00
Listen Up! II - 4th through 6th

These important challenges help put students on the path to better listening skills. The activities are teacher-directed with scripts provided.

$5.00
Listen Up! III - 4th through 6th

Children respond to your oral directions by drawing something described by you. The result? Better listening skills! These are highly motivational challenges that students love to do.

$5.00
Look and Think I - 2nd through 4th

First, we present a visual premise. Then, students must take that visual information and apply it to some interesting descriptions. Children can work on these activities completely independently. Like all Tin Man Press materials, directions are clearly stated. Perfect for early finishers or those children in need of an extra challenge.

$5.00
Look and Think II - 3rd through 5th

Look, look, look—that's what children will be doing with these exercises. The focus is on a creative assortment of visual problems that students don't get to see every day. The activities provide valuable experience in analyzing visual data. And they're fun to do!

$5.00
Look and Think III - 4th through 6th

Being able to look in depth at something is important. The graphic approaches in these 15 exercises encourage students to "dig in" visually.

$5.00
Looking Logic I - 2nd through 6th

Students look at a drawing and read part of a sentence about what they see. Then they must finish the sentence underneath the drawing in a way that relates to the drawing. Thus. both visualization and language skills share top billing in these exercises.

$5.00

Card Sets

Discover! Series I

Discover! A Paper Towel
Grades 2-6.

Write three one-word descriptions about a paper towel. Here's a start: flat.

$3.50
Discover! A Pencil
Grades 2-6.

How many colors besides the main colors do you see? List them.

$3.50
Discover! A Raisin
Grades 2-6.

Sniff one of the raisins. Can you smell it? Answer, then eat it.

$3.50
Discover! A Spoon
Grades 2-6.

Draw the way a spoon would look if you hit it with a hammer until it was flat.

$3.50
Discover! A Tape Dispenser
Grades 2-6.

What is the main reason you need the dispenser part?

$3.50
Discover! An Egg Carton
Grades 2-6.

Think of waffles and think of pancakes. Which are most like an egg carton?

$3.50

Discover! Series II

Discover! A Peanut
Grades 2-6.

Put the peanut close to your ear and shake it. What do you hear?

$3.50
Discover! A Shoelace
Grades 2-6.

Why do shoelaces come in different colors?

$3.50
Discover! A Toothbrush
Grades 2-6.

If you could have just a toothbrush or toothpaste, which would you choose?

$3.50
Discover! Aluminum Foil
Grades 2-6.

Now look carefully at both sides of the foil. Write about what you notice.

$3.50