Our brain is so important. That’s why it’s vital that we feed it with healthy images, words, food, sleep, and positive affirmation. Our brain stores our good and bad memories. Our brain is also were we feel our emotions.
Your left brain and right brain controls the opposite sides of your body. Our brain weighs about 3.3 pounds and is as big as a grapefruit.
In this post I share with you the hands on learning we did and not the facts or information about the brain. There are some great books detailing how the brain works. It’s truly amazing.
Learning doesn’t get any better than this. Eating candy while making neurons was a hit in our house. Peter said that we should always do hands on learning that involves candy but Elizabeth responded with, “Candies are not good for our brains.”
Our brain is made up of 100 billion neurons.
To make the neurons you will need a picture of neurons, plastic table cover, markers, Oreo cookies, round candy, and different colored candy that are long. They could be covered with sugar or they could be plain. Take off one of the cookies from the Oreo cookie. Add a round candy to the middle of the Oreo cookie. Look at the pictures below to see exactly how it is meant to look like.
The plastic table cover can be found at the dollar store. It’s great to label the parts of the neurons.
Girls and my dresses are from Tuch in da design.
Learning About the Brain
When we first start our unit study we always first draw what we are learning. I read to them while they draw and we watch a few videos on You-tube. This is always a great way for us to get familiar about the subject.
Dissecting the Brain
I know that dissecting for some is something they would dread. I think it’s great for children to really see how the brain looks. When they are able to touch and see it they remember better and the concept makes more sense. We got our sheep brain from Home Science Tools. We got the dissecting kit as well which was great because they were able to read about the brain in detail and there were instructions on how to dissect the brain.
Eves bonnet is from House Merri Weather.
Left Brain Function VS. Right Brain Function
This is so fun and easy to do. All you need is a marker and a swim cap. I’m sorry that the pictures are poor quality. I had my camera on the wrong setting the whole time. You can find on-line pictures of what the left and the right side of the brain is responsible for. The left side is responsible for logic, calculation, speech, reading, writing, and analysis. The right side is responsible for personality, creativity, intuition, implementation, performance, and art.
3D Model of the Brain
We received the 3D model from Heart Brain System. It took my two winter children a few hours to put together. They decided to super glue it together so that it would not fall apart.
Brain Cake anyone? I totally understand if you would turn down this cake. It looks like a brain and a brain is not the most prettiest organ to look at. In all honesty I don’t think any organ is. This cake was so fun to make and tastes way better than it looks. What you need is a metal bowl, a recipe for a velvet cake, Wilton fondant, and some kind of red jam.
Esther made the cake mix all from scratch. She cut the cake in half and we rolled out the fondant and placed them on the cake and covered the cake with jam. It doesn’t get much easier than this.
Making Sense of Things
We received a beautiful wooden block set from Wooden Story and used them to see how well we remember patterns. At first I laid out random wooden pieces for Elizabeth and she had 1 minute to look at them. Then she had to look away and I placed all the wooden pieces together. I then asked her to find the wooden pieces that I had just showed her. In the next experiment I made a structure out of the blocks. She looked at it for a minute and was then asked to look away. Then I asked her to remake the structure I had just created. We tend to have an easier time remembering a structure because the arrangement has a meaning and we can recall a picture better than some random peices. Elizabeth did really well in both of the situations.
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