Brain Lab for Kids
Eric H Chudler
In this unusual book research neuroscientist Eric Chudler presents over 50 activities designed to help children to learn about different parts of the brain and to understand how they work.
It’s built around different units, the first being ‘The Neuron’. Herein are instructions for modelling neurons from materials such as clay, flavoured gelatin (vegetarians might want to give this one a miss), string, pipe cleaners, or rope.
Accompanying the clear, concise instructions, which include estimated time and materials required for each, are relevant brain facts and an explanation of what is going on. There is also a ‘Thinking Deeper’ follow up.
The second unit “The Brain’ uses similar everyday materials such as modelling clay, papier-mâché, salt dough and looks at the brain’s physical structure.
Unit 3 looks at testing reflexes and thereafter come units on the senses: taste, smell,
vision, touch and hearing each of which has at least three projects.
Sleep and body rhythms comes next and finally, there’s a section on memory – both short-term and long-term.
Thought provoking, engaging and fun, almost all activities would work well in the classroom – though not perhaps detecting REM sleep!
All in all this is a great resource for home or school and will interest children across a wide age range.