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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Parts of the Brain Model

In going through homeschool materials that have been packed away for ten years, I came across my Jello mold in the shape of a brain. The boys, of course, thought it was very fun thing and when I told them how Katie and I had made a model of the brain and labeled it, they wanted to do it, too.

Here is how we made ours. Besides the brain Jello mold, you will need 2 large (6 oz) boxes of Jello. The only Jello we happened to have in our cabinet were lemon and apricot so that is what we used, but I understand that peach and watermelon are supposed to be the best to use color-wise.

In order to make it a brain color, you will need to add a few drops of green food coloring as well.
Pour the Jello powder in a bowl and add about 1 cup milk. We used regular milk and the milk solids separated from the milk, making it look pretty disgusting. I have heard that non-fat milk is better to use and even better is non-fat evaporated milk. Stir. Add about 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Stir. Add about 1 cup cold. These measurements are not exact because it takes just a tad more than these amounts to fill the mold to the brim. Add 2 1/2 cups of boiling water into Jello. Stir and dissolve Jello.

Coat the Jello mold with non-stick spray. Pour entire mixture into the mold.  Place mold into refrigerator overnight.

To label the brain, you will need a diagram to refer to, some toothpicks and some paper or labels.


Enchanted Learning has a good diagram of the parts of the brain and what they do. You can put the name of the part of the brain on one side of the label and it's function on the other.

 Attach to toothpick and insert in the Jello brain.

They couldn't resist feeling its texture.

12 comments:

  1. Very cool, indeed! My kids would flip for this.

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  2. Oh my goodness - how funny! I love it!

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  3. Oooooh! Now that is really cool!

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  4. I'm rather amused that you have a brain jello mold.

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    1. Yes, that is so like me, isn't it?

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  5. I can't help giggling that you spotted a brain jello mould and knew that it would be useful, one day. I guess that there could have been worse colours to use for the brain. I should think that this is an excellent way to learn the parts of the brain.

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    1. Yes, you can't imagine the variety of things I have stored away because I think it will be useful one day. :)

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  6. I LOVE it!!! I sooooo wish I could find one of those for us! Isn't learning fun!!!

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  7. Anne, You can buy them through Amazon. There is a link in the post. They are usually just sold to use at Halloween.
    Cheryl, I should have said in my post that we used them when Katie was younger and we were in a homeschool co-op. It was one of the other talented Mom's idea. I have just kept it all these years. I forgot to use it with my two older boys, but at least the younger ones got to do it before I got rid of it. :)

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