Our Back 2 School Bash has proven to be a blast of educational fun, and today Roylco is presenting their Brain Mold – fun and educational for any age group to observe! This Brain Mold set includes 6 separate molds-all of which fit together to form the brain. A set of molds for the gray matter, the corpos callosum, cerebellum and brain stem. On the molds for the brain stem you will also find the pons, medulla, and thalamus which extend up into the center of the brain. This is a fun hands-on activity that your children and students can help to make a 3D model of the brain. These molds will help your students learn about the various parts inside the brain in a hands on way. You can then incorporate a lesson on how each part of your brain functions in coordination with our actions and behaviors!
Aside from the brain molds, all you will need to make your brainy creation is cold water, hot water, food coloring, and some gelatin. (I found that Knox unflavored gelatin is the easiest to work with.) My son is four years old and he was able to make the gelatin almost completely himself.
There are several different ways that you can make your brain, but this is what we did. You’ll need 4 packets of gelatin poured into a bowl. Mix in 1 cup of cold water. Stir. Then add 1 cup of hot water. Stir. Then add a different food color dye to each section of the mold. Keep the corresponding right and left hemispheres the same color. Then pour in your gelatin mix! I’m not sure why the picture below has a line through it since it doesn’t on my computer…
Let it sit overnight to harden, then flip onto a tray or plate the next day! Look below at the detail of the gray matter and striations in the cerebellum (red part)! With two small kids hovering over me it was a little hard to maneuver the gelatin around the tray so please excuse any anatomical errors on my part!
Now it was time to observe!! My children are young, so they did not know anything about the brain at all. So we turned our brain mold experience into a mini-science lesson for them. Where is the brain? What is the brain? What does the brain do? We talked about where it was located, and how when we are playing puzzles or thinking of names it is our brain that is doing the work. For older children you can go into a lot more detail of the anatomy of the brain, the lobes, the function of each part of the brain, and how it responds in our bodies in conjunction with the nervous system. Roylco has a great PDF that is helpful with detailed explanation of the various parts and mechanisms of the brain.
As you can see with my little ones the brain was mutilated rather rapidly! For older students they can wear lab coats and use spoons, plastic knives, and other utensils to perform brain surgery. See if they can dissect different areas of the brain and identify them. This is a great hands-on learning opportunity that can be done at home or at school. The great thing about these molds is that they are also edible!!
This Brain Mold kit is only $14.95 and can be reused numerous times! Although it was a little difficult for me to move the gelatin brain around properly I am eager to re-make the brain and try again. I love that you can use this mold for such a wide variety of age levels and projects. Not to mention the fact that it is completely affordable! The detail and anatomical correctness of this product is perfect! I recommend Roylco’s Brain Mold for any family or teacher looking to expand their student’s learning into a hands-on activity!
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