For Families

Meet the Magical Thunkies for Metacognition

Imagine the magical Thunkies are inviting you into the playground of the mind. Each one signifies a special thinking skill. These delightful cartoon characters make finding out about metacognition – how you think and how your children think – easy to do through games, books and play.

Your Invisible Thinking made Visible

The Thunkies make visible your invisible Thinking-Intentions. They are the fundamental driving skills of everyone’s thoughts, both parents and children. You have skills to cook and skills to garden. How aware are you of your own skills to think? ‘Metacognition’ is the term used to express this special awareness of thinking about your thinking skills.

Why does this matter?

The most important educators of young children are their parents. From the moment your babies are born, how you think sets the patterns of how they learn to think. You are shaping their minds.

So getting to know the Thunkies within your family life can be one of the  ways you give your children new activities that develop their minds. The Thunkies each represent a mental skill. They include the skills of imagination, logic and reasoning, empathy and much more.  Awareness of them all is embraced in the term ‘metacognition’. The Thunkies books, games and activities will enable you to open your awareness of how you all think, as well as giving pleasure and delight in exploring new ideas about thinking.

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Thunkies Activities to learn skilful thinking

We send you fresh Thunkies Activities in our Newsletter on Friday afternoons each week. They include games, quizzes, and a whole host of ideas for play, to bring the benefits of developing your children’s questioning skills, creativity and judgement with many other fundamentals of skilful thinking. 

On Tuesdays we send a different kind of newsletter. It explains more about skilful thinking with the aim of giving parents more information and understanding about metacognition. 

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Parents - Meet the Thunkies

Thunkies bring new, child-friendly ways to introduce the thinking skills of metacognition into your family.

How can Thunkies add value to your parenting?

Parents are the most important educators of their children. You are developing their thinking skills continuously as you listen, talk and play with them. Thunkies offer fresh, innovative and fun activities to grow their language skills, effective intelligence and creativity at home, everyday. 

Thunkies are drawn from forty years research into skilful thinking by Jerry Rhodes, Founder of Effective Intelligence. For the first time his unique findings are now directly available to parents.