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.