Atomidoodle – The Periodic Table Game
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What did the kids do for science today? They played a video game. Really. I let them. In fact, I encouraged them. It was totally my idea.
Have a lost mind? Well, that’s another subject all together. I am a homeschooling, hockey mom. That’s probably two strikes.
A Fun, Educational Game
Normally, in our house, there are no electronics until school work is completed. This is usually pretty good incentive for my kids to get their work done. They love to play games on their tablets. Minecraft, anyone?
I have downloaded lots of different educational apps for their tablets in hopes of tapping into their love of games. It would be great to have something they really enjoy actually teach them something.
Most of the time, the kids play with the new app I downloaded and then complain that it “too educational to be fun.” Combining fun and learning is a fine line that is hard to walk.
Hero Factor Games has done what so many people have tried to do, but most have not accomplished. They have created a video game that is both educational and fun. My kids can’t put it down, and it actually helps them learn, of all things, chemistry!
Atomidoodle is an app from Hero Factor Games that is available for iPads and Android tablets. It combines the looks and feel of a chemistry notebook, a fast-paced video game, and the elements of the periodic table to create a fun learning experience.
Related: The Homeschool Scientist’s Chemistry Resource Page
The game uses traveling elements and an interactive maze to teach about the characteristics of those elements. Elements can be combined (fusion) or divided (fission) in order to get the element you need to get through the maze. This process keeps math skills sharp.
My eighth grader thought is was a great review of the elements, as well as a challenging game. She learned some new facts and had her math knowledge tested.
The fourth grader didn’t really notice the elements so much as how to play the game at first, but the more he played Atomidoodle the more he started remembering and learning.
They have had a great time trying to see who can “unlock” more of the periodic table in the game as they complete levels. Moving up through the levels kept them interested and wanting to play more.
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You can learn more about Hero Factor Games, the company behind Atomidoodle, by connecting with them on social media.
Download Atomidoodle at iTunes or Google Play Store. It’s a great $2 investment that your kids will enjoy and you will feel good about.