Chemistry Puzzles, Games, & Toys
Play can equal learning when you look at the science behind items on the toy store shelves, or try your hand at some brain-busting puzzles and games.
- Celebrating Chemistry—The Joy of Toys
Discover the joy of toys—make your own super shrinker, bouncing ball, bubbles, air rockets, and more.
- Terrific Science—The Joy of Toys
That stuff sitting on the toy shelf can be packed with science. Explore the chemistry of some favorites.
- Fortune Telling Fish
Are you… jealous? In love? Indifferent? The Fortune Fish knows all! Learn your fortune, then the science behind the fish.
- Kinetic Sand
Mold it. Cut it. Shape it. It doesn’t dry out! Prep a homemade version for building fun.
- Properties of Magic Sand
It’s wet! No, it’s dry! What’s the science that explains the “magic” of this sand?
- Silicone Super Ball
Forget heading to the dollar store to buy super balls—make your own instead!
- How Super Balls Work
Come into Norman Stingley’s lab and find out how he came up with this super toy when he wasn’t busy with his day job.
- What's That Stuff?—Plasma Globes
This toy that showcases beautiful streamers of light came from someone forgetting to turn off a valve in the lab. Check it out!
- The Amazing Drinking Bird
You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from this toy as it continues to dip and sip. But how does it work?
- Shrinky Dink Chemistry
Don’t buy expensive materials at the toy store. Head to your recycling bin instead for this fun experiment.
- Shrinky Dinks Test Lab
Already know the science behind making your own shrinky dinks? This site takes your creations to the next level—get artistic!
- Shrinky Dink Devices
They’re not just a toy, they’re a tool for scientists! See what they can make!
- Mahjong Chem
Clear the tiles while testing your chemistry knowledge.
- Periodic Table Battleship
You sank my… elements? The periodic table transforms into a game board in a twist on this classic game.
- Outer Space Molecule Chase
Navigate the maze to escape Space Station Seven and save the world!
- Balancing Chemical Equations Game
Take the PhET challenge. Can you complete all three levels?
- Element Hangman
Guess the name of the element before your atom man completely decays.
- Chemistry Taboo
Get your partner to say one of these words by describing it—without saying certain words. It’s harder than you think.
- Periodic Table Bingo
BINGO! BINGO! Sorry, got carried away. You will too, as you learn about elements with this classic game.
Can’t find quite the word puzzle you’re looking for? Make your own with this free tool!
This might be the only time you’ll have fun while you’re in gridlock. Your chemistry knowledge is the key.
- Nobel Chemist Word Search
Uncover a secret message. It starts with finding the names of Nobel Prize chemists.
- Logic Puzzle Collection
It’ll take more than just chemistry know-how to solve this collection of puzzles.
- Ionic Su Doku
Charges, formulas, and Sudoku come together in these three puzzles, from easy to difficult.
- Chemistry Crossword Puzzle
Get a clue! A crossword clue, that is. Stretch your memory for chemistry with this puzzle.
- Chemistry Word Search Puzzles
Take your pick from this list of word searches: element names, chemical reactions, ideal gases, and more.
- Baccalaureate to the Future
Solve this crossword puzzle that was specially designed as an end-of-year gift for International Baccalaureate students.
- The Puzzle Corner
Jump down the list at this link to the chemistry category to find metric and element challenges, plus periodic table puns to solve.
- Martian Periodic Table
These fictitious elements need to go into their proper places. Can you help using the clues provided?
- An Elemental Tale
“The Gold Dust Kid” is in his element as he races off to rob the stagecoach. Fill in the blanks to tell the rest of the story.
- Element Riddles
Caution! Element pun overload. (But, come on, you know you want to click anyway.)
- Chemistry by the Numbers
298 = S.S.T., in K. Can you decipher the chemistry code? (Psst: Answers here.)
- Element Anagrams
From puzzle clue to puzzle answer to anagram of one of the elements. Can you solve all twelve?
- Mole Maze
Use your mole calculations to lead you to the end of the maze and that cute chemistry digger.
- Safety Puzzle and First Day Message
Your periodic table will help uncover some of the safety rules you’ll need to follow in the lab.
- Elemental Facts of Santa
Even Santa loves the periodic table. Use it to help tell the story of that jolly red-suited fellow.
- Colour-by-numbers Chemis-tree
Figure out the colors you’ll need to fill in the flasks that decorate this festive tree.
(all sites accessed September 2018)