Friendly Chemistry Manipulatives

The Doo-Wop Board is a 12- by 16-inch magnetic cookie sheet used to learn quantum mechanics, electron configuration notations, ion formation and compound formation.  Yellow and gray magnets symbolize electrons.  By utilizing a periodic table as a reference, learners can visualize the arrangement of electrons in various atoms and ultimately predict that atom’s reactivity.

“My students are vowing to take their Doo-wop Boards with them to college!”  Co-op group leader, New Jersey.


The Doo-Wop Mania Card Game is a multilevel game which accompanies the Doo-Wop Board.  This game is designed to allow practice filling the Doo-Wop Board as well as writing the electron configuration notations.  An element name is found on one side of each card with a diagram of the correctly filled Doo-Wop Board, orbital, electronic configuration and electron dot notation on the opposite. 




The Element Flashcards are a deck of cards printed with names and symbols of the first 48 elements - those most commonly referred to in a basic chemistry course.  With the name on one side and the symbol on the opposite, students can use them alone to improve element name and symbol recognition or with the Bingo and Friendly Neighborhood games.



The Friendly Neighborhood Board Game is a challenging game in which students “meet” periodic table family members. After a roll of the dice, players move about the board of element symbols.  To “meet” or gain control of an element, the element must be correctly identified along with its family designation.  The object of the game is to “meet” an entire family.  Complex strategies can be developed to make play very exciting!



The Chemistry Bingo Set is a set of three different bingo games designed for practicing recognition of element symbols, mono- and polyatomic ion symbols and charges.  The learner is provided with a blank bingo card (Element, Ion or Polyatomic Ion Bingo) and asked to fill-in the spaces with the element symbols or ions being studied.  The parent or group leader then calls-out element or ion names while the learner “marks” them with a colored chip.  Four-in-a-row makes a bingo!



The Ion Flashcards are a unique set of flashcards designed to enable students to learn ion symbols and charges.  Each card’s size represents the degree of charge for that particular ion.  For example, ions with a plus (or minus) one charge are single-sized, those with a plus (or minus) two charge are double-sized, etc. In addition, the theories behind compound formation and formula weight calculations are made concrete using this set of cards.



The Radius Ricochet Card Game is a fast-paced card game where students compare the atomic radii of the elements.  Played much like “war” or “battle,” students repeatedly practice recognizing element names and symbols while comparing the relative atomic size.





The Teamwork Game allows students practice at writing and balancing chemical equations.  The game card, used by the game leader, consists of a lengthy list of chemical equations in both word and symbol format.  Working together as a team, students must take the word equation, rewrite it in the symbol format and then be the first to balance it correctly.