Elements Top Trumps


You can use the Top TrumpsTM as a fun way to introduce the elements in the periodic table. In the game, players compare numerical properties of the elements. Each of the 30 cards represents an element, and has has data on the element’s melting point, density, price, discovery date and the size of the atom.

Follow the links below buy the packs in our online shop individually for £6, or as a pack of six for £36. If you're a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, you're entitled to a 35% discount, taking the cost down to £3.90 per pack.


A support pack to help you use Top Trumps in your classroom, with activities suitable for 11-14 year olds.


Elements Top TrumpsTM is created by the Royal Society of Chemistry in partnership with Winning Moves Ltd, the official makers of Top TrumpsTM.

If you teach primary science, click the headings below to find out how to use this resource:

Skill development

Children will develop their working scientifically skills by:

  • Asking precise questions about scientific phenomena.
  • Selecting and planning the most appropriate ways to answer science questions, including:
    • Grouping and classifying things.

Learning outcomes

Children will:

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.

Concepts supported

Children will learn:

  • That the periodic table is made up of different elements, through learning the names of some key elements.

Suggested activity use

Using these Top Trumps™ provides opportunities for directed group activities or independent learning for children. You could use some of the ideas provided in the resource, such as sorting into solids, liquids or gases; questioning sequences to identify the elements; using them as a stimulus to do research; or homework projects, for example researching elements not included in the pack. There are also opportunities for cross-curricular linking with numeracy.

Practical considerations

Please be aware that the Top Trumps™ cards are a paid-for resource.

Also, be aware that naming the elements is not a key national curriculum learning statement.