As you look toward Brain Awareness Week next month (March 13-19), think about joining lab tours and lectures, but also consider art contests and brain hats. Why not infuse your Brain Awareness Week celebration with a little Do-It-Yourself arts and crafts?
A video of how to knit a brain hat popped up in my Facebook feed a few weeks ago, and were I a knitter, I’d surely be sporting one come March 13. This project will take some commitment, but will undoubtedly impress fellow neuroscience-enthusiasts. By Studio Knit, the five-minute video explains what you’ll need and gives step-by-step directions. What color would you choose for your brain hat?
If you’d prefer something a little less work-intensive, why not build a neuron? Brain Awareness Week superstar Eric Chudler of the University of Washington lists five different ways to build a neuron, using materials such as playdough, beads, and pipe cleaners. These are easy to make and great for a group activity with young students. If you scroll past the neurons on the webpage, he gives a number of other creative projects for students in grades K-12.
And though it might not exactly fall into the category of “crafts,” who doesn’t like a cupcake…with a brain decoration?! There are numerous recipes out there, but many fall into the Halloween-themed zombie category. Here are two non-spooky brain cupcakes ideas for our sweet-toothed readers:
- Red velvet brains cupcakes from the Food Network.
- Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting from Martha Stewart
Let us know your brain crafts ideas! And if you have pictures, please use the hashtag #brainweek so we can find them on social media.
– Ann L. Whitman