Gilbert Gilbert's big MAD box template and finger questions sheet

Here are some resources to help you bring Gilbert Filbert's thinking to life and help you employ it with your own children. 

Big MAD Box Template

The finger question sheet should be used to help develop what is called 'possibility thinking'. It's a tool you will want children to use across all areas of their work as well as their lives beyond school. You can use it too. When the final box is constructed the finger questions sheet can be folded and tucked inside, allowing the final box to be an attractive visual reminder of how you can "make a difference' with your thinking.

Finger Question Sheet

To get the most of the story it is deliberately split into short chapters, each relating to a step in the thinking process. We recommend stopping after each step and working with your class, child or on your own and applying this to a problem that you want to solve. Use diagrams, pictures and key words to decorate the face of the box relevant to the part of the story. We also suggest you dedicate some time to producing the inside of the box.

'A goal without a plan, they say, is just a wish.'- Granny

Print out copies of these for each members of your class, for you child or for yourself. You many choose to do this in rough first- in which case each sheet can be printed on normal A4 paper. If you are aiming to construct the final box straight away, we suggest printing the inside and out the box of sheets of A4 card- the sides will line up on any standard printer.

Cut out a copy of the box template which can be found on pages 85-86 at the back of the book. The two sides are printed back to back with an imaginary dotted line so you can cut out the box if you wish. The finger questions sheet is on page 87.

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