Brain Hemisphere Hatellenjmchenry
This is the “world-famous” Brain Hat. This humble little hat has been distributed around the world (even at some large science museums) and has been translated into several different languages (scroll to the bottom to see the list).
FOR BRAIN HAT in other languages, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Target age group:
I designed this with ages 10-14 in mind, but it has been used with both younger and older audiences, even adults. (The Science Museum in London used the brain hat as an adult activity. It’s also been used by a brain imaging company and several neuroscientists.) If you are using it with kids younger than 10 they will probably need help assembling it.
This depends on whether you are going to add color to the gray version or use the already-colored version. Obviously, if you are hand coloring the black & white one, or labeling the blank one, it will take more time. Just the assembly of the hat takes about 10-15 minutes for an adult, but more like 15-25 minutes for a student (and they often need help with the center seam).
Materials you will need:
Copies of the pattern pages on card stock, scissors, tape, and crayons or colored pencils if adding your own color
BUT WAIT–THERE’S MORE! WOULD YOU LIKE A SONG TO GO WITH THE HAT?
Check out “The Brain Song” in the music section of my store. The download gives you two versions of the song (one with vocals, plus a karaoke version), and also a coloring worksheet with a list explaining all the parts, and a crossword puzzle.
To hear the first part of the song, click on this link:
The song is part of this curriculum:
Get “The Brain” instantly (pdf download) for less than $20 USD. Click here.
…there’s a YouTube playlist that goes along with the curriculum but you can access it for free even without buying the curriculum. Just go to www.YouTube.com/TheBasementWorkshop and then click on Playlists and then find The Brain.