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Se7en’s Edible Cell Biology Fun…

April 17th, 2010 · 26 Comments

We had a week of science fun here, catching all our experiments up and then some more. The experiment that outshone all of them – by far – was the making of a cell model. Here is a finished cell to give you the idea of what we did:


Let’s meet the Players:

  • One packet of jelly per cell.
  • A collection of teeny tiny sweets – for all the various parts of the cell.

Let’s Play the Game:

  1. Mix your jelly according to the packet instructions.
  2. We used green for a plant cell and orange for an animal cell, because a plant cell has walls and a regular shape we popped the jelly into a square box. The animal cell is meant to be a little more random!
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  4. While you are waiting for the jelly to set you can have a good explore of the internet, and there are heaps of good sites:
    1. Cell’s Alive is just such a great resource!!!
    2. Heaps of cell fun linking from classroom.jc-schools
  5. Now examine all your different candies and match them up to the parts of the cell.
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    A different candy for every cell component…

  7. Then for some quick assembly:
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  9. And you are done!!! One green plant cell and one orange animal cell.
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  11. If you know what the name of the cell component, that the candy represents, and what it’s purpose is, then you are free to eat it!!! It’s just amazing how quickly you can learn with the right motivation!!!
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The book we are using for science, and our inspiration is:

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 meg duerksen // Apr 17, 2010 at 5:46 am

    that is sooo cool! and now i am totally craving gummy worms. 🙂

  • 2 se7en // Apr 17, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Hi Whatever!!! How cool of you to come over and say hi!!! I loved your post yesterday, brilliant idea!!! And yup the the cell was a fun idea!!! Hope you all have a good weekend!!!

  • 3 Peggy // Apr 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks! We’re also doing this for science and my oldest daughter, age 11, balked at it the entire time. Perhaps this will help her learn it and enjoy it…at least a little. 😉

  • 4 Pam // Apr 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    We loved this too! Although I’m not sure how many of the mini marshmallows made it into our cells. We had a lot of empty plasma!

  • 5 se7en // Apr 17, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Hi P, My daughter isn’t the most academically minded!!! But loved doing edible science, she got it and could at a push tell you the different parts of a cell!!! Hope you have fun!!!

  • 6 se7en // Apr 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Oh Pam that is funny… We had a LOT of onlookers!!! Heaps of willing helpers hovering in droves at the edge of each shot!!! Just to drive them totally mad we saved our cells for dessert!!! Hope you have a fun weekend!!!

  • 7 Susan // Apr 18, 2010 at 4:31 am

    This is SO cool! I’m going to have to try this with my kids.

  • 8 katherinemarie // Apr 19, 2010 at 12:19 am

    What an INCREDIBLE project!!!!!!

  • 9 se7en // Apr 19, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Hay KM, Glad you liked it – I totally love your pigs!!! We have been reading Charlottes Web for school and I think we might have to do your chocolate dessert!!! Hope you guys have a good week!!!

  • 10 dottycookie // Feb 25, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I’ve just seen this on Crafty Crow and I have to say, it’s genius. I’m a biologist y traiing and now help run an after school science club – would you mind if we used your idea one day?

  • 11 dottycookie // Feb 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Of course, that should have read “by training”. It seems a whole lot less relevant with the typos!

  • 12 se7en // Feb 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Dotty Cookie – Glad you liked them…!!! Use it, have fun!!!

  • 13 Jen // Feb 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    The link for the book you’re using isn’t working for me; would you mind putting up the title? This is the sort of thing my daughter would love! Thanks!

  • 14 Almost Unschoolers // Feb 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    We’ve done this with cookies before, but the Jell-O is sooo much better – terrific idea!

  • 15 Brianna // Feb 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Great project! The book link isn’t working for me though. ??

  • 16 se7en // Feb 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Jen, I fixed the link… sorry it wasn’t working for you!!! Here is the title for you: Real Science-4-Kids, Biology Level 1, Student Text Hope you enjoy your project.

  • 17 se7en // Feb 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Brianna!!! Fixed the link, so glad you told me it wasn’t working for you, because it wasn’t working for anyone!!! Here’s the Title if you are looking for it: Real Science-4-Kids, Biology Level 1, Student Text Thanks for stopping by, Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  • 18 Jessica // Jan 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hey, love this idea. i did something like this in high school but it wasn’t edible. we took a fish bowl and filled it with transparent hair gel. then we took different objects like noodles and pipe cleaners and stuffed them inside for the different parts of the cell. again it’s not edible but it’s still fun to do. 🙂

  • 19 se7en // Jan 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Ho Jessica… Your project sounds like a whole lot of fun!!! So glad you stopped by and told us about it – hope you have a fabulous 2012!!!

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    Hahaha Marcia, the post that keeps on pinning and pinning and pinning!!! Hope you have the best day ever!!!

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