We were super excited to start Anatomy this year. I have so many fun experiments planned. But, of course, we had to start with the Jello Cell. Did you create one of these in school? I remember doing it at least twice!
You can use all kinds of things to create your cell. This just happened to be what I chose: jello (Cytoplasm – I would advise using a light color if you want to see the details), Whoppers (nucleus), M&M’s (Lysosomes – I think Lemon Heads or jelly beans would have worked better here. The M&M’s bled their color into the jello and made it a bit murky), Fruit by the foot (we used two different kinds for the Mitochondria and the Golgi Complex), Fruit twists (Endoplasmic Reticulum – I was looking for licorice, but this is what I found).
We read a bit about what it means to be human and then about how cells work in the body. I found a book with a nice color picture of a cell that we could refer to as we built our jello cell.
I was surprised how much of the fruit and candy actually ended up in Leif’s bowl and not in his mouth…
“Mom, my nuculus won’t stop floating!”
Just as fun to eat as it was to make! (though, not as pretty!)