Here is What You Will Need:
To make the Periodic Table Battleship game, print out 4 copies of the Periodic Table.
Along the left side of the table, I labeled the rows alphabetically. (**This is optional but helps younger kids who are uncomfortable pronouncing the names of the elements yet.) They already have row numbers along the top. Laminating makes it re-usable!
I used two file folders and hooked them together at the top with a giant paper clip. Attach two of the periodic tables in with that paper clip as well. Then lay the other two periodic tables down on the table in the folder. If you want it to be more permanent you can glue them on or attach with double sided tape.
The kids can then mark with dry erase markers where they want to place their ships by circling rows of 2, 3, 4, and 5 elements on the lower table. They play by calling out coordinates or element names. If they miss they put an X on the spot they chose on the upper table. If they get a hit, they circle it. They can continue playing until one person sinks all of another person’s ships.
Are you more of a visual person? Want to see the game in action? Watch a video of how we play on the next page. You will love the soundtrack I selected!
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See the game in action! Watch my kids playing the Periodic Table Battleship Game.
Don’t want to make it? I’ve got you covered. You can buy a physical copy of the game in my Etsy Store for $15.
I also made some Chemical Compound Flash Cards you can purchase in my shop!
Find more Science ideas in my STEAM Kids book!