How to make an animal cell model without using food

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How to make an animal cell model without using food
Create a detailed animal cell out of modelling clay. (myocarditis image by Lukasz Mazurkiewicz from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

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

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    Display your animal cell.

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