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Mom Designs Periodic Table Battleship to Teach Her Kids Chemistry

The Short of It

A mom of four created a game of Periodic Table Battleship in order to teach her kids the elements for chemistry.

The Lowdown

When I was in school and trying to memorize the periodic table for chemistry, my friends and I resorted to making up a bunch of catchy little sayings to help us.

For example: "PB for you go to lead."

It may not have been brilliant, but it worked. And over 30 years later, I still remember it.

But one creative mom of four has come up with what has got to be the coolest way ever to teach kids the elements—she designed a periodic table version of the game Battleship!

"I came up with the idea because we play Battleship a lot at our house," Karyn 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!"

How did she do it?

Tripp, who has been homeschooling her kids for the last seven years, printed out four copies of the periodic table and labeled the rows alphabetically. Then she laminated the copies to make them re-usable and glued them to the inside of file folders. When it's time to play the game, the players simply open their folders and place them back-to-back in the shape of an "L." The top parts are then clipped together to create a barrier.

Players then mark where they want to place their ships by circling rows of 2, 3, 4 and 5 elements, Tripp explains on her website. Then they call out coordinates, putting an X on the spot if they miss and ciricling it if they get a hit.

The Upshot

Tripp is a mom who really put her creativity to good use! She says her kids love playing the game, and her 11-year-old is now a huge fan of chemistry. "He has a poster of the elements on the wall in his bedroom," she said. "He says his favorite element is Einsteinium because he thinks the name is cool."

I'm definitely using this for my son. Tripp has other learning games on her website, Teach Beside Me. And other genius parents on Pinterest have shared other great periodic table ideas, including one that involves using cupcakes!

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