The brain is such a cool thing. Human life relies on its function, we use our brains everyday, and yet there is still so much we don’t understand about it, so much that is still being studied and researched after all these years. And who knows, maybe the child who is struggling to hold his pencil correctly today might be the leading neuroscientist of tomorrow.
Recently I came across 5 Messy Ways to Play Brain Surgery, by Left Brain Craft Brain and I was nothing short of inspired. There are some really brilliant ways to play and learn in that post! I especially love that their ideas were all hands-on ways to engage the senses. Children really absorb information more when there is a tactile process like that involved. Click on over to Left Brain Craft Brain at the link above and get ready to be amazed.
I also found on Pinterest, this free printable brain anatomy hat craft from Ellen McHenry. Super simple, just print it out, color it in, cut and tape it along the lines and you’re done! You can get your own copy of the brain hat at the link above, Ellen McHenry offers both black and white (for coloring in) or pre-colored brain hat printables for free.
We opted for the black and white version since we love coloring and hate wasting printer ink. I took the opportunity while we were coloring in the different parts of the hat to talk to LittleMan about what different parts of our brain do for us. We even had SunnyGirl model one of the hats we made and used it to figure out exactly where everything is inside our heads.
I also made him a set of draw and write journal pages with the different brain parts at the top of the page. LittleMan is a reluctant writer so journal pages like this that encourage drawing and writing of one broad subject are much more well-received than copy work. As always, I offer the printables that I make for LittleMan for free to you, my lovely readers, all you have to do is click the following link to download your own copy: Free Printable Parts of a Brain Draw and Write Early Elementary Journal Pages
Now for this week’s On Beyond Zombie Linky Party!
Last week we had some great posts linked up. My personal favorite was an engineering challenge for kids shared by Planet Smarty Pants, Build a Boat that Floats! Sounds so simple doesn’t it? Don’t underestimate the challenge in this one. If you haven’t already, click on over to Planet Smarty Pants and read all about their experiences with child-made boats.
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