What you need:
- a copy of the periodic table of the elements
- square or rectangular plain biscuits
- fondant icing, with a different colour for each group of elements in the periodic table
- rolling pin, ruler, sharp knife, water, pastry brush
- writing icing
What to do:
- Roll out the fondant icing to about 3 mm thick.
- Measure the size of a biscuit and use the sharp knife to cut a piece of fondant slightly smaller than a biscuit.
- Brush water onto the fondant shape and gently lay the top side of a biscuit onto the moist fondant.
- Carefully turn over the biscuit and fondant.
- Use the writing icing to write the letter “H” for hydrogen on the fondant. If there is enough room also write the number “1” above the “H”.
- Repeat for the other elements in the periodic table, using a different colour of fondant for each group (column) of elements in the table.
Safety note: Take care when using the sharp knife. Be allergen aware.
Hint: 36 biscuits will be enough for the first three rows of the periodic table. Either decorate the biscuits in advance or invite guests to decorate their own. Be sure to take a photo of the biscuits laid out like the periodic table before eating them!
What words can you make with the biscuits? eg C Ho Co La Te
The periodic table has the elements organised by increasing atomic number and the elements are grouped in columns with elements in each group having similar chemical properties.