Parts of an Atom (FREE PRINTABLE PLAYDOUGH MAT)

Hi guys, Shannon here. Back with another printable you can try at home.

This week, my daughter is learning about atoms: those tiny mysterious things that make up everything in the Universe! I had to refresh my memory on what atoms are and this video helped.

To help guide her through the concept, I made a few worksheets. She’s a visual learner like me, so I think having ways for her to learn about atoms in a tactile way will help deepen the understanding.

FREE PRINTABLE PARTS OF AN ATOM WORKSHEETS

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I plan to print one copy to use as a play dough mat so she can create different colored protons and neutrons (same size, same number of each in the nucleus) and electrons (smaller, positioned on orbitals around the nucleus) out of the play dough.

We’ll also create a large scale model using a hula hoop, embroidery hoop and some pom poms. She can add labels and spin the orbitals around if she’d like.

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And if there’s time, we might recreate a paper plate atom, as seen here.

If you try this at home, I’d love to hear how it goes!