Anatomy of the Eye with Cake Balls

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Anatomy of the Eye with Cake balls

 Anatomy of the Eye: Parts to Learn

  • Pupil
  • Iris
  • Sclera
  • Optic Nerve

Anatomy of the Eye: Ingredients Needed

  • Cake balls
  • Icing, white
  • Jr. Mints
  • Blue Gel Icing
  • Fruit Roll Up

I had a group of kids assemble these while we reviewed the parts of the eye. I had already cooked the cake balls. Each student got one cake ball, one Jr. Mint, one fruit roll-up, and access to a bowl of white icing and tube of blue gel.

We started with a chocolate cake ball, I had the kids cover them with white icing while we discussed the sclera and tear ducts.

Then the Jr Mint was added, followed by the blue decorating gel. This led to discussions about the pupil, iris and cornea.

The Fruit Roll Up provided an extra delight while representing how muscle attaches to the eye to help it move and in the back to represent the optic nerve.

Anatomy of the Eye

After the eyes were assembled, they were chilled in the fridge for about 20 minutes while we worked on some other projects.

Before eating, I had each student recall the anatomy of the eye using their cake ball as a visual reminder.

Class ended with the announcement “You can now go eat your eyes!”

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Comments

  1. Stacy, will you be my mommy?! What a GREAT homeschool science idea! 🙂 I’ve shared it everywhere.

  2. Kimberly says:

    I make cakeballs all the time for gifts, etc….but this is the best! My boys are too young for this lesson, but I will tuck this away for the right time! This rocks!!!!

    • Stacey says:

      Kimberly,
      You could always do a practice run and make them yourself, I am sure the boys will enjoy eating them 🙂

  3. What a clever! When we studied anatomy, we got a cow’s eye from a butcher and dissected it. This cakeball idea is a great addition. I think we would do the cakeballs first and the followup lesson would be the dissection. Otherwise, you might have some squeamish kids and moms if you did it the other way around. LOL

    Susan
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    • Stacey says:

      Although eating first can make for a full tummy, that could easily be grossed out during a dissection and cause for more clean-up 🙂 But that would be another lesson on the digestive system working in reverse.

  4. Maggie Hogan says:

    You never cease to amaze me. Seriously woman. I hardly have words.

  5. Cindy says:

    Ewwww! I love it!

  6. Amy says:

    I love these! We just finished a unit on the eye. Tomorrow we will make these in my classroom.. I know my students will love it! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • Stacey says:

      Awesome, stop back and tell me how it goes. Even if it flops a little kids still love to eat their creations.

      • Amy says:

        They were amazing!!! Thanks for the idea! My kids loved it! I am sure they will remember the day we ate our eyes!!!

        • Stacey says:

          Yeah!! My kids still talk about their eyes too. And the day I had them eat seaweed 🙂

  7. Kasey says:

    Hey I was thinking about doing this for extra credit anyone know how i might be able to show the cornea? (thanks).

    • Stacey says:

      When I was in middle school, I made a model out of salt dough and remember using a soda bottle with clear plastic for the cornea, and different things for eye parts. I think you could do this if you went with a different medium.

  8. Adriane says:

    I love this lesson and used it for our life science unit on anatomy. Instead of cake balls I used donut holes. Just an idea for those busy days.

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