How to Make Models of Human Viruses

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How to Make Models of Human Viruses
You can make a model of a virus using craft supplies. (Microorganism image by Moon Art from

A virus can attack human cells, causing the body to react by flooding the bodily systems with white blood cells. This can result in the production of a fever, coughing and a stuffy nose. When teaching students about how viruses attack the human body, it can be helpful to supplement their curriculum with a topical craft, such as creating a virus model out of craft supplies. This project is appropriate for elementary-aged children that are broadening their awareness of biology topics.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Styrofoam sphere
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Chenille sticks

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  1. 1

    Place a styrofoam sphere onto a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Paint a styrofoam sphere with acrylic paint.

  3. 3

    Allow the paint to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Insert five to six chenille sticks around the middle of the styrofoam ball.

  5. 5

    Bend the ends of the chenille sticks to allow the virus model to stand up on its own.

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