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POOF-Slinky 0SA257 Scientific Explorer Bubble Gum Factory Kit, 8-Activities

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  • Have as much fun chewing your experiment as you had making and learning the science behind it
  • Make gobs of gum from (8) different recipes or create your own concoctions and mix unique flavors
  • Main ingredient of this educational make-it-yourself kit is "creativity"
  • Scientific Explorer is the industry leader in fun, educational and activity-based science kits
  • Recommended for children 8-years of age and older with adult supervision
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0016M16W2
  • Item model number: 0SA257
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 12 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,541 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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The POOF-Slinky 0SA257 Scientific Explorer Bubble Gum Factory Kit lets your “young scientist” have as much fun chewing their experiment as they had learning the science behind it. Guided by the instruction booklet, your child will make gobs of gum from (8) different recipes or create their own concoctions and mix unique flavors for friends and family to try. You don’t need a laboratory filled with fancy equipment to be a successful food scientist. All the gear that you’ll need can be found in this kit, in your kitchen or on the shelves of your local grocery store. The main ingredient of this educational make-it-yourself kit is “creativity”. Once done with the experiments, your child and friends can test their own bubble blowing skills. Scientific Explorer’s Bubble Gum Factory includes a citric acid packet, corn syrup, powdered sugar, gum base, watermelon flavoring, blueberry flavoring, mint flavoring, (2) note cards, resalable bag and activity guide. This kit is great for birthday parties and family fun. Bubble Gum Factory is part of the exceptional series of home science kits based on the nationally recognized Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) program pioneered at UC Berkley's Lawrence Hall of Science. Scientific Explorer is the industry leader in science kits that help develop critical thinking skills, inspire imagination and encourage exploration through interactive experiments and activities that make learning fun. The POOF-Slinky 0SA257 Scientific Explorer Bubble Gum Factory Kit is recommended for children 8-years of age and older with adult supervision. POOF-Slinky is the manufacturer of the world famous Slinky and the top selling POOF foam sport balls in North America, both manufactured in Plymouth, MI and Hollidaysburg, PA. Ideal and Scientific Explorer are other well-known brands, rounding out the POOF-Slinky family. With roots in the toy industry for over 100-years, POOF-Slinky brands continue to grow and broaden.

Product Description

The POOF-Slinky 0SA257 Scientific Explorer Bubble Gum Factory Kit lets your “young scientist” have as much fun chewing their experiment as they had learning the science behind it. Guided by the instruction booklet, your child will make gobs of gum from (8) different recipes or create their own concoctions and mix unique flavors for friends and family to try. You don’t need a laboratory filled with fancy equipment to be a successful food scientist. All the gear that you’ll need can be found in this kit, in your kitchen or on the shelves of your local grocery store. The main ingredient of this educational make-it-yourself kit is “creativity”. Once done with the experiments, your child and friends can test their own bubble blowing skills. Scientific Explorer’s Bubble Gum Factory includes a citric acid packet, corn syrup, powdered sugar, gum base, watermelon flavoring, blueberry flavoring, mint flavoring, (2) note cards, resalable bag and activity guide. This kit is great for birthday parties and family fun. Bubble Gum Factory is part of the exceptional series of home science kits based on the nationally recognized Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) program pioneered at UC Berkley's Lawrence Hall of Science. Scientific Explorer is the industry leader in fun, educational and activity-based science kits loved by both parents and children. The POOF-Slinky 0SA257 Scientific Explorer Bubble Gum Factory Kit is recommended for children 8-years of age and older with adult supervision. POOF-Slinky, Inc. is the maker of POOF, Slinky, Ideal and Scientific Explorer Brands. Our product lines offer new exciting play with the highly successful Sno-Toys line, Fuzz oodles activity kits, as well as timeless classics, such as the original Slinky, Ideal table-top games, wood construction sets and over 400 other products.

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Customer Reviews

Great gift for kids.
AuroraG21
I was finally left with a huge mess of sugar, corn syrup and chunks of sticky all over my table.
SpaceGram
My daughter was 8 years old and didn't enjoy it.
L. Bittner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Chelle on January 2, 2011
My 6 year old received this kit for Christmas and was very excited to make her own gum. I really liked that the booklet had a very educational introduction. We were able to make 6 gumballs from one recipe so it is a little time consuming for such a small amount of product. I would maybe double or triple the recipe next time. However, my daughter was very pleased with how her gumballs turned out and enjoyed the taste. I had to help a good bit with the whole process because it is quite messy and when the gum gets thick, it is hard to stir. She was able to help a lot though with every step of the process.

The first step in the gum-making process is to gather all your ingredients for your particular recipe, to measure them out, and to put them into individual cups. This is a waste of time as it is just as easy to measure out the ingredients when you need them, you don't need all the powdered sugar that is told to be measured, and the corn syrup is nearly impossible to accurately pour back out of the cup and into the mixture. The only ingredient that needs to be measured out ahead of time is the gum base. Be sure to put this in a DISPOSABLE container as you will not want to have to scrape your dishes clean. Also, it is helpful to use a DISPOSABLE stir stick to mix up the gum. We used a disposable chop stick.

As other reviewers have mentioned, it takes MUCH longer to melt the gumballs than the recommended 10-20 secs. I believe we probably heated them a total of minute and a half before we actually got a gummy texture.

When kneading the gum, I found it helpful to lay down plastic wrap on the work surface so I did not have to worry about a sticky gooey counter top.

If you have some time, this is a fun project. Just be sure to take common sense precautions to protect your dishes and counter and you will have far less stress with it.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Arndt on January 9, 2010
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My 6 year old son loves gum, so I thought this would be a good toy for him for Christmas. All 3 of my children ended up loving it. They each made their own flavor and it was very easy to do. It did take longer to melt the gum pellets than the instructions say, but no big deal. All parents tell their kids not to play with their gum, but with this kit, you get to play with it during the kneading process. After they were done, we rolled it in saran wrap. I've heard them proudly telling their little friends that they made their own gum :) It tasted pretty good, too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bookworm112 on November 18, 2011
I made this gum with my cousins and they got really frustrated at first because the gum base wouldent melt, then i told them they had to turn the microwave ON (there only five) and we were off and running! its a little messy but alot of fun!! make sure you wash (and scrub) the dish immediantley. We tried all the flavours (the junkyard gum is really good if you like sour things) and were surprised about how much fun we had. The only thing was it wasent so fun to make the first few steps.

This kit really has no educational value though. If you want to buy something educational and fun get a chemistry kit.

the gum actually tasted pretty good once we got the right amount of acid and sugar. But i wish the flavour would have lasted longer than a minute and a half.

overall this kit was pretty fun. I liked it and so did four of my cousins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Erickson on November 10, 2013
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My daughter was super excited to try this kit. She loves a project. The resulting "gum" was hard and tasteless. The process was very messy. Not a great project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colleen K. Nielsen on January 7, 2010
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I purchased two of these, one for a 12 year old boy and one for an 8 year old boy. I actually thought the 12 year old would enjoy it more than the 8 year old, but I might have been wrong. The personality and curiosity of the boy comes into play with this kit. If your child has no interest in finding out about how things are made and how things work I don't recommend this. But if you have a curious child that enjoys finding out about things this is a good kit. It comes with everything to make gum and I actually chewed some of the gum my grandson made. It was flavorful, very chewy and was great for blowing bubbles and making loud popping noises. It does need adult supervision and muscles. It was somewhat complicated, but as stated previously, the boys now know what is in gum and how to make it. You can make traditional flavors or crazy flavors, depending on your personality and daring. A good change from all the video games everyone owns.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna Estes on January 7, 2010
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Our 9 year old grandson and his mother decided to make the first batch of gum together. It took forever to get all the equipment out that was listed but when they finally started reading instructions, they didn't need most of the items. Our 9 year old had a great time making gum and it tasted good. Could actually blow bubbles with it.
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My kids used their own money on this and after they chewed their first piece one kid said "well, that was a waste of money". The did have fun making it but the gum was had and after the initial sugar flavoring wore off it tasted like bacon bits...gross
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By D. Amos on March 9, 2014
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Terrible product. We tried everything possible to make chewable gum out of this, but it was so incredibly hard no ne could chew it. Sadly my money was wasted & I threw it away. I don't know if there was an issue in the shipping or storage of our box and the items inside went bad...either way, I would not buy another or recommend it to anyone else.
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