Element Top Trumps

This a revision game to help with learning the first 20 elements you need to know and also the reactivity series.

Rules of the Game

To start the game, shuffle and deal all the cards face down. Each player holds their cards so that they can see the top card only.

The player to the dealer’s left starts by reading out a category from the top card (for example “atomic number is 7”). The other players then read out the same category from their cards. The one with the best or highest value wins, and that player collects all the top cards, including their own, and moves them to the bottom of their pile. It is then their turn again to choose a category from the next card.

If two or more cards share the top value or data is not available for that particular subject then all the cards are placed in the middle and the same player chooses again from the next card. The winner of the hand takes the cards in the middle as well.

The person with all the cards at the end is the winner.

There are 4 categories:

  • Atomic number (highest wins)
  • Group on the periodic table (highest wins)
  • Period on the periodic table (highest wins)
  • Reactivity (most reactive element wins)

Because this game is a revision tool, the values are not on the cards you have to work them out (you may want a periodic table to hand). The atomic number, group and period can easily be read off the periodic table so there should be no arguments here but reactivity is a little trickier. Here you need to remember your reactivity series but to settle arguments here is a list of the elements sorted from most reactive to least reactive:

Caesium, francium, rubidium, potassium, sodium, lithium, barium, radium, calcium, magnesium, beryllium, aluminium, carbon, zinc, iron, cobalt, nickel, tin, lead, hydrogen, copper, mercury, silver, gold, argon, neon, helium.

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