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How to make an animal cell model without using food

Updated February 21, 2017

One way to make learning about animal cells a more exciting part of biology or human anatomy classes is to create a model of one. Although food is often used to create animal cell models, those won't last long. One solution is to create an animal cell out of modelling clay.

Place a 1-inch ball of blue modelling clay onto a sheet of waxed paper. Flatten the ball of blue modelling clay into a wide, circular disc. This will be the animal cell's cytoplasm.

Roll out a thin piece of purple modelling clay and wrap it around the perimeter of the disc. This will be the cell membrane.

Press a dime-sized piece of red modelling clay into a flat disc. Press the red disc into the cytoplasm. This will be the animal cell's nucleus.

Press a pea-sized piece of yellow modelling clay into flat disc. Press the yellow disc into the middle of the nucleus. This is the animal cell's nucleolus.

Roll out a piece of orange modelling clay into a thin rope and curl it into a spiral. Make three to four more orange spirals. Place the spirals inside the cytoplasm. These will be the animal cell's Golgi bodies.

Press a pea-sized ball of white modelling clay into a flat disc. Press the white disc into the cytoplasm. This will be the animal cell's vacuole.

Display your animal cell.

Things You'll Need

  • Modelling clay in blue, purple, red, yellow, orange and white
  • Waxed paper
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