You can see some of the structures of an animal cell under a microscope with a simple practical.


  1. Gently chew the side of your cheek for 2 minuets, be sure not to draw any blood
  2. Using a sterile swab, swab the inside of your cheek
  3. Rub your swab onto the centre of a microscope slide to transfer the cheek cells
  4. Add 1 or 2 drops of Methylene Blue
  5. Place a cover slip over the now stained cheek cells
  6. Using a microscope appropriately look at the cheek cells and try and draw/label what you can see *
Cheek Cells
You should be able to identify these 3 parts of the cheek cell

* You may be asked to work out the magnification or actual size of the cheek cell.