Here is just one of several activities on a WakerUpper page. Each WakerUpper page is filled with a diverse collection of engaging, hand-drawn activities, all fun and all requiring some level of higher thinking. The authors have even turned putting your name on the paper into an enriching activity. On one page you might be asked to “Write your name as if it were dripping gooey frosting,” while on another you might be asked to, “Write your name as if the letters were hanging off a clothesline”
WakerUppers were created byGreta and Ted Rasmussen at Tin Man Press, a small family-owned company in Eugene, Oregon. They focus on developing thinking skills, and do it with an original flair that can’t be found anywhere else. You can find sample pages on their website. Here is a sample from WakerUppers.
My experience with WakerUppers (and in fact everything I have used from Tin Man Press) has been very positive. Each page seems to have something for everyone – there are opportunities to draw, imagine, analyze, invent, play with words, and explore spatial skills. Kids love finding a WakerUpper on their desks first thing in the morning. Each student page includes a teacher page with answers, comments, and suggestion for extending some of the activities.
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