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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

How to Make an Edible Model of Skin (Elementary to Middle School Hands-On Project)

For this project, you will need:
Mini Marshmallows
Fruit Roll Up
Pull Apart Twizzlers

Handmade Labels, if desired
1. Dermis For the dermis, you will need to make a packet of Jello, following the directions on the package. We made cherry, but any flavor will do. Pour it into a small square dish.

2. Hypodermis Before you put the Jello in the refrigerator, fill the top of the Jello with mini marshmallows. Now, put it in the refrigerator to set properly.

This is what your Jello with marshmallows should look like when you put it in the refrigerator.

3. Epidermis with Pores When the jello is set, run the knife around to “unstick” it from the sides and plop it out onto a big enough plate.  Ours did not come out smoothly, but that is okay because it made it look more real that way. Now you can add the epidermis.
Unroll a Fruit Roll Up and poke holes in it with a skewer or toothpick. 

4. Hair Some of these holes will be pores and some will be for the hair.
Pull licorice apart and cut them into desired lengths for the hairs and stick ’em in your pre-poked holes.
You may need to enlarge some of the holes in order for the licorice to fit.

5. Labels Now you can label the different parts using handmade labels, either typed on the computer, as we did, or handwritten.


  1. That looks disgustingly yummy in an odd sort of way, and very sugary.

  2. Cool! Did you eat it eventually?

  3. I have to say that this looks...icky! LOL The marshmallows are too real! Kids would LOVE this though! Especially my 10 year old!

    1. Yes, the marshmallows did look a little too much like fat cells!

  4. It is very cool, but looks a bit sickly - although my children say nothing can have too much sugar in it!


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