New crayons teach the periodic table of elements

Most kids love to colour and spend a lot of time doing it. Why not combine the art lesson with science class?

Etsy shop Que Interesante has created a line of crayons and coloured pencil labels that match the elemental makeup of that particular coloured crayon.

The shop uses the “flame test” to determine colours.

This involves burning a substance to detect what elements are in its chemical makeup. The colour of the flame is the indicator; for example, Potassium gives off violet colours and Sodium gives off yellow.

The label sets come in clear to be placed over the original name of the crayon or in the same colour as the wrap, so children can see the difference in names.

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Packs come in 24, 96 or 120 labels, just like the good old Crayola boxes.

Be prepared for your child to ask for the “Barium Nitrate” crayon, so it may take some studying on your part as well.

By Chelsea Frisbie for

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