How to Make a 3D Plant Cell Model

Does your child need to learn how to make a 3D plant cell model? Prepare yourself to have some messy fun.

How to Make a 3D Plant Cell Model
In order to make a 3D plant cell model, you will first have to know a bit about the "internals" of a plant cell. Depending on the complexity of your project, the parts you might want to include in your plant cell are:

  • The nucleus: Contains the cell's DNA
  • Amyloplast: Starch is stored here
  • The mitochondria: Rod-shaped areas where sugar is converted into energy
  • Chloroplasts: Oval-shaped areas where photosynthesis occurs
  • Golgi body: Sits near the nucleus and puts together carbohydrates and proteins to send out of the plant cell
  • Ribosomes: Proteins are made here
  • Cytoplasm: The "gunk" where all of the internal organs in the cell are suspended.
  • Vacuole: A cell part that is filled with fluids that helps keep the cell's shape. In real plant cells, vacuoles take up a large amount of space.

In order to make your 3D plant cell model, you will need:

  • Lemon flavored gelatin for the cytoplasm
  • Four green grapes for chloroplasts
  • One plum for the nucleus
  • Three small oranges or tangerines for the mitochondria
  • Tiny cake candy decorations for ribosomes
  • One marshmallow for the vacuole
  • One green grape for the Golgi body
  • Four jellybeans in the same color for the amyloplasts

Follow the directions to make the lemon gelatin. Place a plastic bag inside a square plastic container. When the gelatin has cooled enough, pour the gelatin into the plastic bag. You can either wait for the gelatin to set a little so that the parts can "suspend" or put the parts in right away.

Close the bag in with a twist tie and refrigerate the container until the gelatin is firm.

You now have a completely edible science project!

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