Summer Fun – How to Make a 3D Cell Model with Jello

With school almost out, this is a fun activity to do in the summer.  Who doesn’t want to eat a 3-D cell model of jello in the summer?

Teaching about cells can be difficult, especially to youngsters who don’t understand concepts they can’t see with their eyes.  This activity will “show” your kids the basic parts of a cell, as well as be fun to eat afterwards.  Let’s get started with how to make a 3D cell model.

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If you are working with younger kids, I recommend teaching 3 parts of the cell:  cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus.This is included in our Cell Activity Guide.

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How to Make a 3D Cell Model with Jello - Supplies

Supplies include grapes, ziploc bags, sharpie & jello.  If I did this again, I would use a LIGHT color jello.  Since I already had red jello, I’m using that today.

How to Make a 3D Cell Model with Jello - Label

Your ziploc bag (or any type of clear baggie) will be your cell membrane –
thin layer of protein and fat that surrounds the cell.

How to Make a 3D Cell Model with Jello - Spoon

Jello will represent the cytoplasm – jellylike material outside the cell nucleus in which the organelles are located.

How to Make a 3D Cell Model with Jello - Grape

Take your grape and insert it into the jello.  The grape represents the nucleus – the “brain” of the cell as it controls many of the functions of the cell and contains DNA.

How to Make a 3D Cell Model with Jello - Squish

Seal your ziploc.  Squish the jello a bit so the grape is surrounded by the jello, representing the cytoplasm that surrounds the nucleus.

How to Make a 3D Cell Model with Jello

Obviously, this is an extremely simple 3d model of a cell.  However, it allows even 5 year olds to gain a simple concept of cells.

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If you would like our Cell activity guide & printables, which includes more advanced ideas for your 3D cell model, please enter your first name and primary email below.  Activity guide includes other EDIBLE cell models…FUN!  We will email it to you.

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11 Comments

    1. Glad you like it. I hope to have my pizza cell activity online shortly. That was our kids’ favorite.

    1. You’re so welcome…Glad you like it. After 4th of July, I”ll be sharing another edible cell activity 🙂

  1. Could you please email me your Cell activity guide & printables, which includes more advanced ideas for a 3D cell model, thanks

    1. Lorraine,
      You should be able to enter your email in the form above. Our system will automatically email the Cell Activity Guide. If you have problems, let me know.

    1. Donna,
      You should be able to enter your email in the form above. Our system will automatically email the Cell Activity Guide. If you have problems, let me know.

  2. The link to receive the unit is not working – just says email not a valid address. I tried three different email addresses.

    1. Thanks for letting us know. On some browsers the sign up does not show. We don’t know why. I tried the link on Firefox, Chrome and IE and see it on all three. You might try it on another browser. In the meantime, I’ll have my assistant send the directions.

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