How to Make a Human Cell for School

Updated April 17, 2017

The study and understanding of the human cell is a vital part of science education. To create a visual model of the human cell, a student needs only a piece of poster board, a selection of play dough and glue. These items will create a stunning and educational project that can double as a decorative study guide in the classroom or at home.

Create an outline of the human cell with a marker on the poster board by spreading the fingers of your hand and outlining a slightly oblong shape in the middle of the sheet. Leaving an inch of space between the original line and the new line, closely outline the shape again and label it the "cell membrane."

With play dough, mould the shapes of the required components of the human cell. Consult the project guide for a list of requirements specific to the course, but the basic components of a human cell always include the nucleus, lysosomes, cytoplasm, vacuoles, mitochondria and the cell membrane. Consult your science textbook for appropriate colours and shapes for each item. Adjust each item to be the appropriate size compared with the other items (e.g., vacuoles are larger than mitochondria, which are, in turn, larger than the nucleus of a cell). Allow these moulds to dry and harden for up to 1 hour.

Place each item in its appropriate location inside your "cell membrane" outline of the human cell. When the layout is confirmed, glue each piece onto the poster board.

Allow at least 1 hour to dry completely, then clearly label each piece on the perimeter of the poster board.


Be sure to select colourful play dough to increase the visual appeal of your human cell. Include a title on the poster board with the assignment title and your name.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Play dough (several colours)
  • Glue
  • Marker
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Sarah Greesonbach is a former teacher turned content and new media specialist whose career and personal finance writing has appeared on MSN Money, AOL Jobs and in the "Chicago Tribune" business section. She holds a Masters in Arts in teaching and a degree in English.