Two years ago, we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday, but this year, something else gets to shine in the sesquicentennial spotlight. Dmitri Mendeleev, is considered to have discovered his period table back in 1869, so now in 2019 we’re celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements aka IYPT2019.
The periodic table is something that gave me a headache in grade 9 science but I still remember some of the ways we were taught to remember certain elements by our quirky teacher. I’ll never forget that Au is gold because he would shout “A u! Give me my gold watch back!” Totally corny, but hey, [a number] of years later, it’s stuck in my head.
Today I wanted to share some cool ways you (and your kids!) can learn about the periodic table. It felt pretty daunting in school, but now that I’m learning about it again with my daughter, it feels a little more fun.
Keep scrolling for some neat ways to challenge your mind and memory during the IYPT2019!
I bought this book for my daughter last Christmas and it has been one of her favourites ever since. I can honestly say she knows more facts about the periodic table, off the top of her head, than I do. Thank you Usborne for making some fantastic interactive books for kids. (We have their coding book too, which has also been a bit hit!)
This illustrated edition of the periodic table shows just how often we interact with each element in daily life. You can order posters to put up at home or download PDFs to print. It’s so fascinating to look through this list and you could make up games (I spy and element with…) to play with your kids. Thank you to Keith Enevoldsen for this incredible resource. (Side note: I have this printed and laminated so it’ll stand up to many years of handling and exploration!)
If you love science AND poetry, you might be into Mary Soon Lee‘s amazing collection of 119 haikus dedicated to the periodic table. This is mesmerizing. When my daughter saw this she said, “Find the one about Radium to see if it’s about the women who licked watch paint.” Nailed it.