Brain facts for kids

Amazing Brain Facts For Kids

What is that one thing that makes humans different from other living organisms? Yes, it’s their brain! The human brain works faster than a computer. It can store information equal to 4.7 billion books! And an average individual’s brain switches between 70,000 thoughts each day! Unbelieveable isn’t it? Here are some more fascinating brain facts.

Fun Facts About the Brain

What is the size of your brain?

The human brain weighs about 3 pounds. This makes 2% of our total body weight. Despite its small size, it uses 20% of your total energy to function well! Having a good sleep is very essential for your brain’s health. How many hours do you sleep every day?

The left and the right brain

The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body, while the right controls the left. Is it because opposites attract? Well, even the scientists are not sure about the exact reason for this. But it is definitely an interesting thing to know!

What are Neurons?

Our brain has about 100 million tiny cells called neurons. These cells tell your mighty brain what to do. And they pass messages to the brain at a speed of more than 150 miles per hour. Did you know this is equivalent to the speed of a bullet train? And according to recent research these highways of our brain can sometimes pass messages at the speed of over 225 miles per hour!

A Neuron passing an impulse (the message) down the nerve
A Neuron passing an impulse (the message) down the nerve

What protects our brain?

Our brain is precious! And it is also very delicate. That is why it is carefully protected by the Skull. The skull is made up of 22 bones that are joined together to keep your brain safe and guarded.

More brain facts, and about dreams

Our brain never stops working. Even while sleeping, our subconscious brain is awake. An average person dreams for about 1-2 hours every night. During your sleep, you see around 4-7 different dreams. But you will forget half of it after 5 minutes of waking up. And after 10 minutes, you might just remember only 10% of it. So next time you see an interesting dream, write it down the moment you wake up!

What regulates your body temperature?

There is a small portion in your brain known as the hypothalamus. It may be small, but it has a very important role. It helps maintain the normal body temperature that is 98.6°F. So, when you feel too hot, you sweat and when you feel cold, you shiver!

What are the 3 parts of our brain?

  • Cerebrum – The largest part of your brain; takes up 85% of its total size. What does it do for you? It is the thinking part of your brain. It controls all your muscle movements. It is what helps you walk, dance or even memorize things.
  • Cerebellum – Another important part of the brain. It brings balance to your nervous system. It is what saves you from falling off or bumping into things.
  • Brain stem – This controls all your involuntary actions. It manages all those functions that you are not even aware of. Like breathing, telling your stomach to digest the food, heart to pump blood, etc.
Parts of the human brain
Parts of the Brain, Image Credit: Flickr Users, via Creative Commons

Importance of a healthy diet

Did you know that a good diet can give a boost to your brain? Studies suggest that there are several types of food that can make your mind sharper. Almonds are one of them! A research study also found that children who ate healthier food scored 15% higher on IQ tests.

Start eating healthy from today!

Can you tickle yourself?

Have you ever tried to tickle yourself? Then you would have realized it doesn’t feel the same way as it feels when someone else does! Why is it so? This is because our brain has the smarts to differentiate between the two. You cannot fool your brain!

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