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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.
  • Puzzlemaker
    Can’t find quite the word puzzle you’re looking for? Make your own with this free tool!
  • Gridlocks
    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.

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  • 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)