This mom created a periodic table battleship game to help her kids learn chemistry

Four New Elements Approved For Periodic Table
Four New Elements Approved For Periodic Table

Karyn Tripp, a mom of four, has been homeschooling her children for 7 years and recently decided to take the periodic table to the next level with a brilliant and fun way to teach her kids chemistry.

"I came up with the idea because we play battleship a lot at our house," Tripp told The Huffington Post. "I was studying chemistry with my kids and we were trying to think of a fun way to memorize them. So it just came to me!"

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Her 11-year-old son is a fan of both chemistry and battleship, so she decided to combine the two.
"He has a poster of the elements on the wall in his bedroom," Tripp said about her oldest son. "He says his favorite element is Einsteinium because he thinks the name is cool."

Tripp created the game by printing out four copies of the periodic table. She then labeled the rows alphabetically on the left side since the numbers run horizontally at the top. She then laminated the tables and glued them to the inside of two different folders. The folders were then hooked together at the top with a jumbo paperclip. Two of the periodic tables were attached in the paper clip as well while the other two lay on the table in the folder.

"The kids can then mark where they want to place their ships by circling rows of 2, 3, 4 and 5 elements on the lower table," Tripp explains the simple rules of the game on her blog. "They play by calling out coordinates. If they miss they put an X on the spot they chose on the upper table. If they get a hit, they circle it."

Check out Tripp's website for more cool Science ideas.

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