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Have you started doing any periodic table learning activities with your kids? The Periodic Table can be intimidating and confusing to some children.
I still remember the dreaded Organic Chemistry class I had to take in 10th grade. The panic, and apprehension I felt every Thursday in 10 the grade was unexplainable. I had no former foundation in any kind of Chemistry before being placed into this class. So nothing made sense to me. And to make matters worse, the teacher was not approachable and created an atmosphere of fear in the classroom. Yeah, not exactly what I needed!
So clearly I want my boys to have a strong foundation in Chemistry. I believe in building up mini steps and laying a strong foundation for them to understand the basics.
Periodic Table Learning Activities
We started the Periodic Table journey through our CO-OP. My son showed an interest in it so I scoured the library and Amazon to find great books. Below are a few of our favorites. We examined the real Periodic Table Chart and learned about elements, atoms, protons, neutrons, and electrons, compound and pure. We also learned about the atomic number and atomic mass.This was just an introductory lesson so my objective was to make him understand the very basics and again, build the foundation.
2) Kid- Friendly Periodic Table
If the original Periodic Table appears to be a little daunting, then try this Chart. I was introduced to this kid-friendly periodic table through one of my friends from our CO-OP. I just love it! The illustrated Periodic Table is beautiful and helps kids connect the elements to things they see around them. I printed, laminated the Elements & description back to back. We concentrated on the first 36 Elements. Then my son wanted to find objects in the home (real and play) that had the elements in them. This was a fun activity for the kids and they were completely immersed.
Matching is another activity you could do with the cards. Make 2 copies of the chart, cut one into cards and have kids match it. You could also use these as flash cards.
My kids love puzzles so when I saw this Periodic Table puzzle, I had to get it. My boys loved the puzzle and they started working on it immediately. The puzzles also have illustrations so it is very eye-catching. It took a bit of work the first time, but they spend at least an hour working on it together. The second time around, it went much faster. It was sweet hearing my 4-year-old talk about Boron and Hydrogen.
Did you know that there’s a game based on The Periodic Table, called Elementeo? It was invented by a kid (Anshul Samar)when he was in 6th grade. I mean how cool is that? Each of the element has its own personalities like Oxygen-life giver, Sodium Dragon etc. The elements are involved in a battle so it keeps the kids’ interest! There are various levels of play and kids can create compounds and pretend to be Chemists. We’ve only mastered the Element level so far. The boys are ready for the reaction stage 🙂
5) Molecules Kit
These kits are on my wishlist and I am hoping to get it as the kids get more knowledgeable about atoms.
I’m so glad that children can get to explore the Periodic Table in such fun, and hands-on ways and build that great foundation!