How to Make a Plant Cell Project With Play-Doh

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Teach kids about plant cells by making one.
Teach kids about plant cells by making one. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

When you are teaching small children about basic botany and plant anatomy, you can make the lesson more interesting and entertaining by using Play-Doh to construct a plant cell model. Everything you need to make a Play-Doh plant cell can be found at any toy shop or craft store.

Things You'll Need

  • Rectangular tray with lip
  • Colorful Play-Doh

Place a rectangular tray in front of you, and press one container of green Play-Doh into the tray. Spread the green Play-Doh around in an even layer, spreading it up onto the lip edges. This represents the cell wall of the plant cell.

Spread out one container of yellow Play-Doh to fill the the center of the plant cell. Spread the Play-Doh out in an even layer. This is the cytoplasm of the plant cell.

Form half of a container of blue Play-Doh into a trapezoidal shape, and press it onto half of the plant cell. This is the vacuole of the plant cell.

Form one-third of a container of red Play-Doh into a ball; then press the ball flat. Place the flattened ball onto the center of the plant cell. This is the nucleus of the plant cell.

Form a quarter-sized piece of pink Play-Doh into a ball; then flatten the ball. Place the pink circle of Play-Doh on top of the nucleus. This is the nucleolus of the plant cell.

Form a quarter-sized piece of green Play-Doh into an oval; then flatten it. Place the green oval onto the cytoplasm. Repeat to add on five to six green ovals, which represent the chloroplasts of the plant cell.

Form a quarter-sized piece of purple Play-Doh into a spiral; then place the spiral onto the cytoplasm. This represents the golgi body of the plant cell.

Form a quarter-sized amount of orange Play-Doh into an oval, then flatten the oval. Place the orange oval onto the cytoplasm, which represents the mitochondria of the plant cell.

Tips & Warnings

  • Provide the children with enough materials for each child to construct a plant cell.

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