Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How Does Your Brain Work? An activity inspired by Temple Grandin

I recently received a copy of the picture book  The Girl Who Thought In Pictures It's a kids book about one of my heroes- Dr. Temple Grandin.  She's a professor of animal science who also happens to be on the autistic spectrum.  She's funny, brave, persistent, and full of insights.  And I love how she reminds us to value those who see the world in a different way.

Inspired by her story, my son and I tried to explore how our brains work with this simple art activity.

How Does Your Brain Work?  

An Art Activity Inspired by Dr. Temple Grandin


How Does Your Brain Work- Easy Art Activity Inspired by The Girl Who Thought In Pictures:  Temple Grandin


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Oh! In case you want to learn about this cool picture book, you can get a copy on  Amazon.

How Does Your Brain Work- Easy Art Activity Inspired by The Girl Who Thought In Pictures:  Temple Grandin


And here's a peek at what the book looks like on the inside.

How Does Your Brain Work- Easy Art Activity Inspired by The Girl Who Thought In Pictures:  Temple Grandin


Here's how we did our brain activity:

1.  I gave us copies of this What's going on in your brain template.

2.  Then, we both chose words that we wanted to think about.  (My 6-year-old LOVES Pokemon, so he chose Pikachu.  I chose the world "love" because Valentine's Day Crafts have been on my mind.)

3.  We wrote the words in the word bubble.

4.  Then, we drew all the images/thoughts/feelings that came up when we thought of our word.


(It was neat seeing how our minds worked.  My son took the activity very literally and drew Pikachu and then all of Pikachu's friends. )

How Does Your Brain Work- Easy Art Activity Inspired by The Girl Who Thought In Pictures:  Temple Grandin


(Meanwhile, I began drawing all the things ideas/concepts/feelings that I thought were related to love.)

How Does Your Brain Work- Easy Art Activity Inspired by The Girl Who Thought In Pictures:  Temple Grandin


5.  After we finished, we described our art to each other.  (Again, super neat to share our different thought processes.)

And that's it!  I hope you have fun trying out this art and science activity with your kiddos too.



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How Does Your Brain Work- Easy Art Activity Inspired by The Girl Who Thought In Pictures:  Temple Grandin



Happy creating and connecting, friends!

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