This Mom Created A Periodic Table Battleship Game To Teach Her Children Chemistry

January 15, 2016

A mother of four who has been homeschooling her kids for the past seven years came up with a brilliant way to teach her kids chemistry - a periodic table version of the game Battleship!

periodic table battleship
Credit: Karyn Tripp

"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!"

Tripp says her kids love playing the game and her oldest son, 11, is now a huge fan of chemistry.

"He has a poster of the elements on the wall in his bedroom," Tripp said. "He says his favorite element is Einsteinium because he thinks the name is cool."

periodic table battleship
Credit: Karyn Tripp

The rules are so simple, even Tripp's youngest kids who haven't learned about chemistry yet can play.

"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 on the site. "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."

If you love the idea of Periodic Table Battleship, Tripp has many other learning games on her website, Teach Beside Me.

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