In this video, we explore parts of the brain, its' basic functions, and how to protect it. You can follow along with activities featured in this video including making the consistency of the brain and making a helmet for "a brain" with household items.


Kathleen Andersen, MS

Materials needed for activities in this video:

Cooking a “Brain” Activity:

  • 1 1/2 cups of instant potato flakes
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sand (or salt)
  • Gallon size zip lock bag
  • Red food coloring (optional)

Protecting the Brain in the Skull Demonstration:

  • 2 glass jars with lids
  • 2 eggs
  • Water

Brain Anatomy Lesson:

  • Crayons
  • White paper

Helmet Activity:

  • 2 eggs
  • Foam (various types)
  • Fabric (any material)
  • Newspaper, magazine pages, or other paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Note: This activity may be messy. Consider doing outside, or placing paper or a tray in the “drop zone.”