Build an Edible Model of an Animal Cell Using Candy or Pizza Ingredients
Before you start, be sure to review the parts of a cell so you know what each part does. The following interactive animation might help (if you click on the part at the bottom of the box, a description of that part's function will pop up) http://www.cellsalive.com/cells/cell_model.htm
cytoplasm: 1 package of flavoured agar or gelatin
cell wall (aka cell membrane): a medium-sized bowl
nucleus: dried apricot or fuzzy peach candy
nucleolus: raisin or dried cranberry or runt candy
mitochondria: Mike & Ike candy or hot tamale or goodies candy-covered licorice
rough endoplasmic reticulum: twister licorice
smooth endoplasmic reticulum: shoestring licorice
lysozomes: gobstopper or gumball
golgi body: gummy worm
free ribosomes: candy sprinkles or sesame seeds or poppy seeds
vacuoles: life savers candy or rockets candy
toothpicks, tape, markers & paper to make signs for the parts
To make the cell:
Prepare agar or gelatin according to the package and let set in bowl.
Prepare signs as desired.
Arrange cell parts on top of the cell body.
Add signs, take photos.
Alternative Edible Model Cell:
For a pizza cell, use a basic crust (or a large whole-grain pita) as the cell wall and add some of the following toppings (or use your imagination to substitue your favourites):
tomato sauce (cytoplasm)
sundried tomatoes (halves for the nucleolus or julienne for rough endoplasmic reticulum)
mushrooms (try slicing horizontally--these can either be the nucleolus or vacuoles)