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Are you learning Chemistry at your house? We are this year and my son is REALLY loving it. I love that, especially since I remember the pain of my high school chemistry class. I posted earlier this year some fun resources for learning chemistry. I have another really cool one that I get to share with you today: The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book by Teresa Bondora. This chemistry coloring book is such a fun way to study the elements on the periodic table. When it came in the mail, my son, who is 10, said “Cool! Can I start right away?” (Disclaimer: I received this book for free and was compensated for my time in writing this post. All thoughts are my own.)
The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book is designed to introduce younger kids to chemistry instead of waiting until they are older to begin teaching it to them. You can begin as early as 5 years-old, but older kids would enjoy it as well. Then, when they are older and need to take it in high school, they will not fear it so much because they will already be familiar with many of the ideas. I LOVE starting kids earlier on subjects that they are expected to only do in high school.
My son has always been passionate about science and this year as he has studied chemistry I have watched him get excited as he has learned about the different elements and their properties. Having this book has made him even more excited about it. He has enjoyed reading through the information and coloring the pages about each element.
The book is laid out with an information page on the left side and the coloring page on the right side. For younger kids, parents or teachers can read the information to them and help them understand it. But older kids can read through it on their own. The elements are in order by atomic number. Not all elements are included, only the less complex ones that kids can more easily understand.
I will be honest, at first I was a little worried that my 10-year-old would be interested in a coloring book. He seems to think he is a little too grown up for coloring sometimes. I think the fact that it is chemistry is what made all the difference. Chemistry is a grown up subject. He really took his time on the coloring and made them nice. There was not a single complaint that he was coloring!
The coloring pages have different objects related to the element including the name, symbol, atomic number and examples of where it is used or found. The fact sheets include basic facts including what state it is found in, what the atomic number is, where it is found in nature, what it looks like, and also some history of its discovery.
You can find this book on Teresa’s website: How to Teach Science. There you can find a free sample to download and try out. She also sells it through Amazon and Teachers Pay Teachers in paperback or download formats.