How I am teaching my Little People the Periodic Table

Fun Periodic Table for Kids

Just as the 2016 December school holidays started, The Dad said to me “Time for the Little People to learn The Periodic Table“.

Now, for those of you that follow me on Social Media you may know that I am a total Space Geek, yet you may be unaware that I dropped Science and Maths in Standard 7. You may also know that our Little People are Montessori Schooled which plays an important role in the manner in which we try and answer their never ending questions.

So, I told The Dad to find a unique way of teaching the Little People (and I) about Elements like Ytterbium, Darmstadtium, Ununseptium and Vanadium.

Fast track to a few weeks later and I’m happy to report that with the help of AsapSCIENCE and loads of coloured paper, we are now 30% through learning The Periodic Table and I am loving every minute of it!

Fun Periodic Table for Kids – How to teach them about Elements

  • Take inspiration from this YouTube video from AsapSCIENCE

  • Print out the lyrics for the song because trust me, you are going to need it ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Lyrics below)
  • Draw / print a few empty Periodic Tables for your Little People to fill in while you are all learning the song (We used a free template from about education)
  • Make the learning extra fun by using coloured pieces of paper to make individual Element blocks. Ask your Little People to go on a treasure hunt around the house and find items that contain Elements to match their individual blocks.
  • Start explaining the different states of matter with Elements 1 (Hydrogen) and 8 (Oxygen) to “build” water.ย Grab your Kettle, a Glass of Water and a Block of Ice to help your Little People visualize the Elements in action.

Ready to start Sciencing with your Little People? Let me know in the comments section if you have used any other Techniques to teach The Periodic Table, I’d love to hear them ๐Ÿ™‚

Song Lyrics:

Hydrogen and Helium, Then Lithium, Beryllium
Boron, Carbon everywhere,

Nitrogen all through the air

With Oxygen so you can breathe
And Fluorine for your pretty teeth
Neon to light up the signs,
Sodium for salty times

then Sulfur, Chlorine and Argon
POTASSIUM and Calcium so you’ll grow strong
SCANDIUM Titanium Vanadium and Chromium and MANGANESE

This is the Periodic Table, Noble Gas are stable,
Halogens and Alkali react aggressively
Each period we’ll see new outer shells
While electrons are added moving to the right

Iron is the 26 Then Cobalt, Nickel coins you get
Copper Zinc and Gallium
Germanium and Arsenic

Selenium and Bromine film
While Krypton helps light up your room
Rubidium and Strontium then Yttrium Zirconium

NIOBIUM Molybdenum Technetium
RUTHENIUM Rhodium Palladium
SILVER-WARE then Cadmium and Indium

TIN-CANS, Antimony Then Tellurium and
Iodine and Xenon and then Caesium and
Barium is 56, and this is where the table splits
Where lanthanides have just begun
Lanthanum Cerium and Praseodymium

Neodymium’s next to, Promethium then 62,
Samarium, Europium, Gadolinium and Terbium,
Dysprosium, Holmium, Erbium, Thulium, Ytterbium, Lutetium

HAFNIUM Tantalum Tungsten then we’re on to
RHENIUM, Osmium and Iridium
PLATINUM, Gold to make you rich till you grow old
MERCURY to tell you when it’s really cold

THALLIUM and Lead then Bismuth for your tummy
POLONIUM Astatine would not be yummy
RADON Francium will last a little time
RADIUM then Actinides at 89

This is the Periodic Table, Noble Gas are stable,
Halogens and Alkali react aggressively
Each period we’ll see new outer shells
While electrons are to the right

Actinium, Thorium, Protactinium
Uranium Neptunium Plutonium
Americium Curium Berkelium Californium
Einsteinium Fermium Mendelevium Nobelium
Lawrencium Rutherfordium Dubnium Seaborgium
Bohrium Hassium then Meinerium Darmstadtium
Roentgenium Copernicium

And then We’re Done!!!

Fun Periodic Table for Kids

Author: Sam Posselt

Keynote Speaker | Google for Nonprofits Trainer | Marketing and Training Manager for Phambano Technology Development Centre. I post about Blogging, Business, Philanthropy, Space and Reality TV. In-love with Twitter!

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