Making a Model Cell Cake – Part 3

Back in 2011 (when the kids were 9, 8, and 4 years old) we first studied the structure of cells in biology and the kids first tried their hands at making various cell models, including a cake version of a plant cell. It was a big hit! The kids had a blast both making the project and eating it. Then in 2013, the boys’ science curriculum covered cells again and Katie joined them in the fun of making another cell cake, though the second time around it was a model of an animal cell.

Well, this time Katie’s science curriculum is tackling the subject of cells as the building block of life and guess what? Yep, since it has been five years since she tagged along on the boys’ science project and she didn’t remember much about the experience, she wanted to make the cell cake again, this time totally on her own and with no help from me. So, after strolling through the Japanese grocery store in our neighborhood to look for candy and cookies that resembled organelles, Katie got out the recipe for an easy yellow cake and built her model from the ground up. This time she went a step further from our past models and made labels for the cake as well. I think it turned out great and the taste was to die for! Here are a few photos of her project:

The Fascinating World of Cells!

Mitochondria, Golgi apparatus, plasma membrane, lysosomes, and more!  Since we’ve been studying together about plant and animal cells, these are the fascinating topics we’ve been learning about in science.  We read about them in our science book, watched videos from the library and on You Tube, and downloaded a couple of free iPad apps that let us see the inner workings of cells close-up.  Then, to finish our studies, we made three different models of cells to help us remember the different parts of a cell and what their functions are.  The first model the kids made was with Play-Doh on paper.  The kids used Play-Doh to form the shape of the organelles and then placed them on stiff paper to make a 2-D model of an animal cell.  A few days later, the kids and I baked a cake and then used candy, cookies, and other yummy building materials to make an edible model of a plant cell.  The result was quite tasty and the BEST Club students in our weekly Tuesday night Bible discussion were more than happy to help gobble it up!  Finally, the boys used their favorite building material of all — LEGO!! — to build a two-dimensional plant cell model.  Since I was a biology minor in college, I particularly enjoyed refreshing my memory on the parts of cells and all of their cool functions — and the kids seemed to enjoy these fun learning activities too. 🙂

Here are some photos of the kids’ various cell models.