Fun Fact 1: What is the brain? Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body - it is the center of the nervous system and controls all of your thoughts and movements
Fun Fact 2: Our brain enables us to; move, think, learn, feel emotions, remember, dream, create, breathe, see, hear, feel and taste
Fun Fact 3: Your brain controls your body movements by sending messages to the muscles via nerves. Nerves are attached to the spinal cord which is connected to the brain
Fun Fact 4: Nerves are made of neurons, neurons work in a similar way to electrical signals – by sending messages around the human body
Fun Fact 5: How big is a human brain? The brain of an adult weighs around 1.5 kg (3 lbs) and measures around 16cm long, 14cm wide and 10cm deep
Fun Fact 6: The texture of a brain is very soft, and can be described similar to the texture of a soft mushroom. The head is encased in a tough shell called a skull; the skull is hard to protect the brain
Fun Fact 7: What are the main parts of the brain? The five main parts consist of the: cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem, pituitary gland and the hypothalamus
Fun Fact 8: The biggest part of the brain is called the cerebrum. The cerebrum controls our movements, thoughts and memory, it consist of two halves and makes up 85% of the brain's weight
Fun Fact 9: The cerebellum is located at the back of the head, above the brain stem. The cerebellum controls our movement and balance the word cerebellum means little brain
Fun Fact 10: The brain stem is at the base of the brain it controls our heart rate and breathing
Fun Fact 11: The pituitary gland is about the size of a pea, its function is to create chemicals called hormones; the pituitary gland receives information from other glands and makes sure that the right amount of hormones are being released
Fun Fact 12: The hypothalamus is about the size of an almond; it is responsible for controlling hormones and other functions including sleep, thirst, appetite and body temperature
Fun Fact 13: Did you know that your brain reaches full size when you are around six years old?
Fun Fact 14: The brain is often described as the 'grey matter'; however the color is closer to a soft pink-beige with an off-white cream color on the inside
Fun Fact 15: Like all parts of your body, your brain can benefit from exercise too! Puzzles and problem solving are a great way to exercise your brain to help it function and work more effectively!