Brain Hemisphere Hat
This is the “world-famous” Brain Hat. This humble little hat has been distributed around the world (even at some famous science museums) and has been translated into several different languages. If you would like to translate it into another language (one you are fluent in) I would love to post some other language options at the bottom of this page. Please contact me about it!
Purpose of activity:
To learn about (or review) the major lobes of the brain by making a paper hat to wear.
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.
Description of activity:
Cut and assemble a paper brain hat.
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, 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 printed onto card stock, scissors, glue, tape, and crayons or colored pencils
If your computer has issues about downloading the above file because it is too large, you can try one of these slightly smaller files:
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:
When you’re ready to purchase, just click on the STORE tab above or use this link:
And there’s even more…
Would you like an entire curriculum on the brain? For an instant digital download of the curriculum, go to the estore and click on “The Brain” products.
…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.