How to Make Cytoplasm for a Cell Project

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Cytoplasm is the jelly-like material that fills a plant or animal cell. All of the cell’s organelles float in the cytoplasm. This clear substance is held in place by the cell wall. Create a cytoplasm-like substance for a school project with a simple recipe using glue and other common household products, such as borax. This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of "cytoplasm," so increase the recipe as needed if the model cell is larger.

    Pour 1/3 cup of warm water into the mixing bowl. Add three tablespoons of borax and stir until dissolved. Do not add food coloring, as cytoplasm is supposed to be clear.

    Pour 2 cups of warm water into another mixing bowl. Add the 2 cups of school glue and stir until dissolved.

    Pour the borax solution into the glue solution. Mix with your hands for approximately 5 minutes or to the desired consistency. Store the finished cytoplasm in a sealed container, such as a resealable bag.

    Things You'll Need

    • Warm water – 2 1/3 cups
    • Borax – 3 tablespoons
    • Mixing bowls – 2
    • School glue – 2 cups
    • Plastic bag


    • Remove all jewelry before using hands to mix the substances together.

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