Let’s Make Edible Cell Models

I suppose you get an idea of what I am going to make just by looking at the tittle.

Yummy Idea hu. I encountered a few problems trying to find something that I would like to do in my future classroom.  At first, I thought about dissection of a frog or earth worms. So I thought how cool would it be to make an app that would let you actually dissect a frog.  Well, unfortunetly it’s in the market already. I believed this would be a great idea because many schools do not offer this experience, and how neat would it to complete it without anyone being grossed out by the oder or slimy feeling.

Nevertheless, I found something more interesting that would be both educational, fun and yummy by Se7en.  We can’t neglect the fact that all children have a sweet tooth.  In this activity children would make both plant cells and animal cells.  Why both?  So they would learn about the organelles and later be able to compare and contrast the two.

When I was in junior high school, I clearly remember just having to memorize all the organelles, but with this activity students would be unknowingly memorizing them with this fun activity.

This would be our final product below.

edible cell

 Se7en shares an edible cell model made from candies, making biology fun for children. Grant Potter begins,

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” ― Jim Jarmusch

INSPIRATIONAL isn’t it.   Potter adds “Tinker with me”.  And so I have, it’s not my idea, but I will definitely tinker on. . .

7 thoughts on “Let’s Make Edible Cell Models

  1. Hey Ely,

    I think this is a really wicked idea! Edible cell model?! surely the students will definitly learn its parts!

  2. wow i love this pic of the candy that looks like mitchondria and this can be used in school by having students use candy representory pics such as this one to illustrate something in educational cirriculum such as biology endeavors such as this pic which will help them remember this.

  3. Now this is really cool. I love this idea! I would most definitely be interested in this and eating it too. Awesome way to get the students engaged and interested while learning at the same time.

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  5. hello, this is a really sweet idea! We have been assigned a project like this in my life science class, I hope it would be alright if I use some of the ideas from here! How did you make the outside of the cell? just a bowl?

    • Hello its Ely, the way that I designed my edible cell was to first think of different cell analogies that can be used to help students understand the function of a cell membrane. For the base I used jello, given that the cytoplasm is actually a gel like substance. If I may add, this facilitates the movement of membranes and other substances within the cell. For the nucleus I used the recess pieces chocolate candy. Like the nucleus this chocolate piece is round and contains a filling that can though of as the nucleolus. Hope this helps. I will gladly answer any further questions.

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