This activity brings to life the double helix structure of DNA by enabling you to make your own paper model. You can download instruction sheets for how to make the model and there is also a short video that takes you through the process step-by-step. Two model templates are available. One is a full colour version showing how the DNA bases pair together. There is also a blank version where you can colour in the complementary bases yourself.
DNA has a ‘double helix’ structure. Much like a spiral staircase, it has two single strands that join and twist together. The ‘steps’ of the staircase are made up of the four bases of DNA (adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine). These bind together in complementary pairs (A with T, C with G).
Age: 10 years + (KS2 +) /glossary/dna
Credits: Origami model by Alex Bateman, based on Thoki Yenn’s design
This page was last updated on 2020-03-25
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