This post is part of our Educational Gifts series that features products that encourage learning and skill development.
You may remember how I did a series of articles last year on chocolate that included a great giveaway of a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit. The kids and I had SUCH a blast with that activity, that when I received the offer to sample the Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit, of course I said yes!
Name: Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit
Subject(s): geography, science, world culture
Brief Description: A complete kit by GleeGum.com for making your own chewing gum in two different flavors.
Ages: 8 and up
What my kids like:
The hands-on fun. My kids love learning in the kitchen and this was an especially fun project. They threw on their little aprons and enjoyed the process. We all really enjoyed watching the photographic slide show on the process from tree to Glee (you can find it here).
Oh, and I think their favorite part was sampling the end result!
What I like:
I really love that the ingredients are all natural. The kit includes the chicle gum base, confectioner's sugar, corn syrup, 2 flavor packets, and a microwaveable black plastic dish that you can recycle when you are done.
I also like how the kit comes with a history lesson. Included is a short story describing where chicle comes from and how it is harvested. It created a connection for my kids by telling them the story of Eduardo, a Guatemalan "chiclero." The story emphasizes the important role that this product plays in the community and how it protects the rain forest as a renewable resource.
It can be a pretty sticky affair making the gum (well, what did you expect?), so make sure your children's hair is pulled back and that they are wearing play clothes.
TEACHERS - there is also an Educator's Guide to Gum available through GleeGum.com. It includes a kit for making 30 - 60 pieces of gum, an Educator's Guide, "El Chicle" DVD, and a copy of The Chewing Gum History Book.
To find a store near you where you can purchase Glee Gum kits, check out their store locator. And don't forget to use this coupon!
GleeGum has kindly offered for one MommyMaestra reader to receive 1 (one!) kit of your choice (Make Your Own Chewing Gum, Gummies, or Chocolate).
To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment below.
The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Thursday, December 13th. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. and contacted via email - so be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment! (If I have no way to contact you, I'll have to choose someone else!)
And to increase your chances of winning, you can:
1) Like Glee Gum on Facebook.
2) Follow Glee Gum on Twitter (@gleeguy).
3) Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following:LatinMami and @gleeguy #giveaway
Don't forget to let me know by posting a separate comment for each entry!
By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Official Sweepstakes Rules. No purchase required. Void where prohibited.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, though the giveaway and images are offered courtesy of Glee Gum. I did, however, receive a sample pack for the purposes of this review.