Periodic Table of Videos http://www.periodicvideos.com/
Age Range: 8 and up (Okay, while this site is probably designed for middle
school, high school, and beyond, younger children will enjoy seeing some of
the experiments. Plus, I've found that little kids lap up information about
the Periodic Table, so don't be shy about introducing them to it. )
What a find! ClickScholar Vicki McGrady from Perth, Western Australia
recommended this site. She wrote, "My husband just showed me this website
that teaches the periodic table. When you click on an element on the
periodic table, it plays a video showing educational experiments and
explanations about that element. It is put on by the University of
This is so much fun! Each video is short (2-4 minutes) and provides basic
information about the featured element, it's history, and how it is used.
You can tell the chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with
the various elements, love what they do!
When you get to the site you'll see the Periodic Table. You can just click
on any element to get started - or you can watch the introduction first (the
link is located below the Periodic Table) on the right side of the screen.
If you just want to dive right in, consider starting with Lithium (Li).
It's very reactive in water and the clip is fun to watch. Then try Hydrogen
(H) or Helium (He) to see a big bang! (Careful - kids may be tempted to try
this at home, so parental guidance and safety discussions are required.)
The Phosphorus (P) video will really amaze your kids when they learn there's
about a pound of this reactive element in their bodies!
The scientists in the lab have a lot fun demonstrating the properties of the
elements - and their antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are
narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful,
wild, Einstein-ish hair! Some of his descriptions are hilarious - such as
when he describes what can be done with Nitrogen (N). (Preview it, as it
might alarm younger children.)
Note: I didn't watch all of the videos. Therefore, parents AS ALWAYS should
preview the videos BEFORE showing them to children to determine suitability
The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed!
This site gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!
Diane Flynn Keith
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