How Do You Make a Plant Cell Model?

A unique way to make an edible plant cell model is out of pizza dough, using the toppings to represent the different parts of the cell. This is a craft that can easily be done at home as a science project or on a larger basis as a classroom activity.

A model is a good way to help students understand the parts of a plant cell. The only supplies needed for this plant cell pizza model are a sheet pan, pizza or bread dough, pizza sauce and a variety of toppings.

  1. Roll out the dough
  2. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a rectangle and place it on the sheet pan. Spread the dough out to the edges of the pan.

  3. Add the toppings
  4. Use different toppings to represent the parts of the plant cell. Some suggestions are pizza sauce for the cytoplasm, a round slice of tomato, ham, pepperoni or salami to represent the nucleus, minced green onions, chopped green peppers or diced bacon for the ribosomes, crumbled sausage or black olives for the mitochondria, pineapple for the Golgi bodies, green olives for the chloroplasts, empty spaces, or circles, in the pizza sauce to represent the vacuoles, and herbs or cheese around the edges to represent the cell wall.

  5. Bake the cell pizza
  6. With adult supervision, bake the pizza according to package directions.