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How do you draw an animal cell that kids will understand?

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When drawing an animal cell to demonstrate its components to children, it is important to keep the drawing simple but to clearly draw the various organelles inside the cell. Decisions such as color and the exact placement of the organelles can be made to better appeal to students.

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Begin drawing the cell by creating a large faint circle that represents the entire cell. Draw a wavy darker line around the circle to represent the amorphous nature of the cell membrane. Draw two concentric circles close together and a smaller concentric circle within to represent the nucleus. Draw several ovals around the perimeter of the cell membrane to represent mitochondria and vacuoles.

Draw small circles to represent ribosomes and closely packed wavy lines to represent the rough and smooth endoplasmic reticuli and the Golgi apparatus. Draw wavy lines within the mitochondria as well to better represent their composition. The nucleus should also contain wavy lines both within and outside the nuclear membrane to represent its complex structure in a simple way. Add dots around the blank space in the cell to represent the cytoplasm, and finally, add color in any way you prefer. Cell diagrams typically don't reflect the true color of organelles, but use attractive colors that look attractive to students.

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