Making Plant Cell T-shirts for The Good and The Beautiful Botany Unit

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We are still working in our Kingdoms and Classification science unit from The Good and The Beautiful, however I have started planning fun activities for our next unit, Botany. In our current unit, we learned about cell structure and the functions of the different organelles. As I have a seventh and eight grader who will soon be in high school biology, I feel it will be important to review cells one more time before the end of the year. Luckily, plant cells are included in the Botany unit!

A previous post described how we used printable iron-on transfers and a labeled cell image I created to make lab aprons. The kids had a great time coloring in their cell organelles, so why not do it again with cells? Although, I think we will do t-shirts this time. So today, while we are in the middle of below-freezing cold snap in Texas with no place to go, I got to work on my plant cell t-shirt printable transfer (here at my TPT store).

I tested out the same Avery printable transfer sheets on a cotton blend t-shirt from my closet. It worked just as well as on the cotton twill aprons! I think any cotton fabric item would work, like bandanas, tote bags, pillow cases, etc. I recommend using a white or off-white fabric, as when I have tried on an aqua t-shirt, the outlines of the iron-on transfer sheet was more noticeable. I colored in the cell with permanent markers, just like we did with the aprons.

I’m also planning on making a diagram of plant and flower structures for us to add to our aprons to wear on flower dissection day. All of the images that I have created so far that are ready to print on iron transfer sheets to make your own shirts and aprons are available in the Hill Country Homeschooler at

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