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