ToxMystery was created by the United States National Library of Medicine to help children from 7-11 years old learn about household chemical hazards. Toxie the Cat helps kids find the hazards hidden in each room and offers hints when needed. When all the risky spots in the house have been discovered, Toxie dances and celebrates and players can print a personalized certificate of completion. ToxMystery has been usability tested by kids and educators, receiving high grades by all.
ToxMystery is available in English and Spanish. Players can toggle between the languages without losing their place in the game, extending the game to language classes. ToxMystery not only educates young learners but provides parents and teachers with resources on environmental health. Parents can click on the "Parent Resources" or "Para los padres" tabs to find links to U.S. government and non-profit organization Web sites about everyday environmental hazards. The "For Teachers" or "Para maestros" pages contain 3 lesson plans with student worksheets and activities that use ToxMystery to explore common household chemical hazards. ToxMystery lesson plans were written using the National Science Educational Standards.
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What do I need to run ToxMystery?
What does ToxMystery cost?
ToxMystery is free. Like all of the National Library of Medicine resources, ToxMystery is available for use by everyone with access to the Internet. If you don’t have access to the Internet you can request a ToxMystery CD.
How do I get ToxMystery?
ToxMystery is free on the Internet at: http://toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov. ToxMystery is also available on CD free of charge. Contact the Office of Communications and Public Liaison at email@example.com or 301-496-6308 to request a copy. The CD is in both English and Spanish.
How do I give you feedback or get answers to technical questions?
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I use a screen reader. Can I play ToxMystery?
At present, you cannot play the ToxMystery multimedia activity using a screen reader. We have provided a screen reader compatible text version with all of the information in the multimedia version.
Does ToxMystery save information about me?
I'm a teacher. How can I use ToxMystery in my classroom?
ToxMystery has lesson plans with student worksheets and activities that use the game to explore common household chemical hazards. The materials are available in English and Spanish. The lesson plans were written using the National Science Educational Standards. Go to to the Teacher Resource page.
Check out Tox Town for teaching materials on environmental health for high school students.
Does ToxMystery have information for Parents?
The Parent Resources page has links to government and non-profit organization Web sites that provide in-depth information about common household and environmental risks. Go to Parent Resource page.
Can I add a link to ToxMystery on my web site?
We encourage you to link to ToxMystery. The address to use is http://toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov.
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