Protein Bracelets

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In this activity, learners use beads, which represent amino acids, to create protein bracelets. Learners examine the relationship between amino acids and proteins. Learners also discover that different arrangements of amino acids create different kinds of proteins. Note: Have a bracelet already created so students can see what they are working to create. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pony beads (20 different colors and/or shapes)
  • Jewelry cord
  • Markers/crayons


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Structure and Function
    • Human Body
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Arizona Science Center, 2012

Funding Source:

  • Science Education Partnership Award, National Institutes of Health