Little Alchemy

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Little Alchemy

Reviewed on 08/25/15

Starting with four basic elements (air, fire, earth, water), see what you can mix together to create new things.  Earth + Water = Mud! Fire + Earth = Lava! Water + Water = the Sea! There are 550 different items that can be created using different combinations.  How many can you find? Although the gameplay is simple (drag one icon on top of another), the hunt for a recipe with an interesting result can be quite addicting. This is a fun one for kids and adults to play together. Although some of the icons are self-explanatory, others will need a grown-up to read the word (and sometimes explain it -- what does “pressure” mean and why is the picture “PSI”?). It’s a great opportunity for conversation about predictions (what do you think will happen when you mix those together?) and results (was that what you thought would happen? Why do you think you got that result? What could you try next?). This free app is also available to play on the web and on the Chrome app store! (note: some combinations can result in mild drug/tobacco references)

Age group: Grades K-2
Keyword tags: Nature, Science, STEM