How to Create a Cell Organelles Coloring Worksheet in Canva

Teaching cell organelles is imperative in middle school science. While plant and animal cell coloring pages shouldn’t be used as an alternative for students struggling to grasp the content, they can be used in a variety of ways. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore how to create a cell organelles coloring worksheet using Canva, a user-friendly graphic design tool that can help you craft visually appealing and educational resources for your classroom.

Whether you’re a seasoned teacher or a first-time educator, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of designing a worksheet that can supplement your instruction. 

Why Use Coloring Worksheets for Teaching Cell Organelles?

Nearly all middle school standards require you to teach the parts of the cell. While different standards may include various organelles, most include the cell membrane (aka plasma membrane), the cell wall, and the nucleus (as the control center that houses genetic material in the form of DNA) to be taught.

Text reads: The NGSS and cell organelles. LS1.A Structure & Function - Within cells, special structures are responsible for particular functions, and the cell membrane forms the boundary that controls what enters and leaves the cell.

Whatever your specific standards require, the use of coloring pages can be a fun way to supplement your plant and animal cell organelles instruction. 

It is important to reiterate that coloring is not a substitute for grade-level content. However, coloring worksheets when used in the right ways (organelle diagrams used as coloring worksheets) can be effective tools for supplementing your instruction for the following reasons:

  1. Visual Learning: Many students are visual learners, and color-coding cell organelles can help them better understand and remember complex structures.
  2. Engagement: Coloring is an enjoyable activity that can capture students’ attention and keep them engaged in the learning process.
  3. Active Learning: It encourages active participation as students label and color each organelle, promoting a hands-on approach to learning.
  4. Retention: Studies have shown that incorporating art and creativity into learning materials can improve information retention.

Creating Your Own Cell Organelle Coloring Worksheets in Canva

Let’s get started on creating your own cell organelles coloring worksheet.

Step 1: Sign Up or Log In to Canva

If you don’t already have a Canva account, you can sign up for free at Once you’re logged in, you’ll have access to a wide range of design templates and tools.

Image of a screenshot of the Canva homepage dashboard with an arrow pointing to "sign up for free."

Step 2: Choose a Worksheet Template

In the Canva dashboard, click on “Create a design” and search for “worksheet” in the search bar. Canva offers various worksheet templates, but for our purposes, we’ll choose a blank worksheet template to start from scratch.

Image of a screenshot of the Canva homepage dashboard with an arrow pointing to "create a design" and another arrow pointing to a search box with the search term worksheets.

Step 3: Set the Worksheet Dimensions

Specify the dimensions of your worksheet. A standard letter-size page (8.5 x 11 inches) works well for printing and distributing in the classroom. You can adjust the dimensions in Canva’s settings to match these specifications.

Image of Canva dashboard with arrow pointing to custom size button and 8.5 x 11 inches.

Step 4: Design the Worksheet Layout

Now it’s time to design the layout of your worksheet. Here’s a suggested structure:

  • Title: Create a clear and engaging title at the top of the page, such as “Cell Organelles Coloring Worksheet.”
  • Introduction: Write a brief introduction to explain the purpose of the worksheet and provide some context about cell organelles.
  • Diagram: Insert an image of a blank animal or plant cell. You can find suitable cell diagrams on educational websites or create your own using Canva’s drawing tools.
  • Organelle Labels: Add labels for each organelle, such as “Nucleus,” “Mitochondria,” “Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum,””Gogle Apparatues,” and so on. Position the labels near their respective organelles on the diagram.
  • Instructions: Include clear instructions on how to complete the worksheet, such as “Color each organelle a different color and label them accordingly.”
Graphic of animal and plant cell models.

Step 5: Customize Colors and Fonts

Canva allows you to customize colors and fonts to make your worksheet visually appealing. Choose colors that are easily distinguishable and make the worksheet attractive without being distracting. Use clear and legible fonts for all text elements.

Step 6: Add Visual Enhancements

Consider adding visual enhancements like arrows pointing to organelles, callout boxes with additional information, or decorative borders to make your worksheet more engaging. Canva provides a wide range of design elements to choose from.

Step 7: Save and Download Your Worksheet

Once you’re satisfied with the design, click the “Download” button in the top-right corner of the Canva interface. Choose the file format you prefer (PDF or image format) and save it to your computer.

Step 8: Print and Distribute

Now that you have your completed cell organelles coloring worksheet, you can print as many copies as needed for your students. Consider using high-quality paper to ensure the colors look vibrant and the worksheet remains durable.

Photo of a teacher standing over a student's desk, passing her a paper.

Step 9: Implement in the Classroom

Introduce the worksheet to your students along with a brief lesson on cell organelles. Explain the purpose of the worksheet and how it ties into the lesson. Encourage students to use different colors for each organelle and label them accurately.

Step 10: Review and Discuss

After students have completed their worksheets, collect, grade, and review the answers as a class. Use this opportunity to reinforce the concepts related to cell organelles and address any questions or misconceptions.


Creating a cell organelles coloring worksheet in Canva is an excellent way to engage your students in the fascinating world of cell biology. It combines creativity with learning, making complex topics more accessible and enjoyable.

With Canva’s user-friendly design tools and the guidance provided in this tutorial, you can craft educational resources that will enhance your teaching and leave a lasting impact on your students’ understanding of cell organelles. Happy designing and teaching!

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