Do you remember having to memorize the sections of the periodic table in school? I remember it vividly in school, thinking about how boring and how it wouldn't be helpful throughout my life.
While I was right about it being boring, it turns out that knowing, at least some, of the chemicals on the periodic table can be helpful throughout life. For your kids, learning the periodic table doesn't have to be boring and frustrating.
Kids absorb facts so fast, and they can digest information easier than adults. All you have to do is make learning interesting and attract their attention. Then, it becomes a lot easier.
If your child needs to learn the periodic table, I have five sure-fire ways to make it easier and fun. You might even find yourself learning a thing or two.
5 Fun Ways to Teach the Periodic Table
1. Try a merka Learning Kit
Take a look at the Periodic Table merka Learning Kit which comes with 4 posters, 118 flash cards, and a practice book with more than 200 exercises. This kit is designed by teachers who wanted to provide parents with the most effective way to teach your kids.
All of the products are waterproof and tear-resistant with a thin later of lamination. That means they'll last for a long time, and you can use them for years to come.
2. Go Over It Each Day (in Song)
Repetition is one of the best ways to learn anything, so if you want your child to learn the periodic table, he needs to review it daily. Leave the table out somewhere that your child can see it every day, such as an educational placement on your kitchen table.
Try tying it in with a song. Kids love to sing songs, and it makes it much easier for kids to learn facts when they're sung out loud. We love a song created by ASAPScience! It makes my kids jam and sing together.
3. Play an Educational App
No kid is going to turn down a fun app that also helps them learn. When our kids have fun, it makes learning a lot easier. Kids love games that challenge them, and we appreciate knowing that they're learning something important.
I suggest you give the Atomidoodle app a try. This app helps your child learn how the atoms work together to create chemicals and elements.
Your child can use this app to draw paths to help the atoms reach their goals, and he needs to think fast to avoid explosions. He can unlock hundreds of facts about each of the elements and use fusion and fission to create new atoms. It's pretty fun and educational!
4. Use Fun Fact Flash Cards
For some kids, visual learning is the way to go, and flash cards are a great tool for visual learners. It combines memorization and visual learning, but this only works if your child learns through this method.
merka sells a set of 118 element flash cards that are perfect for introducing the periodic table to kids 3-10 years old. These cards have an image that represents the element where it's found in nature. That image creates a visual link between the element and the real world.
5. Build Your Own with Post-It Notes
Go grab a stack of Post-It Notes - you really can never have too many Post-Its. You need to have all of the same sizes but get a variety of colors, similar to the colors used on a standard periodic table.
This task is even easier if you have a wall poster that your child can hang near where he is going to build his own. With a reference point, encourage your child to write the atomic number, the symbol, and the name of each element on the Post-It Note.