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Summer is not over yet! We’re still holding on to these last great days of summer as we get ready for back to school in a few short days. But just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean we can’t sneak in some great learning fun. Trying out the new Juicy Fruit chewing gum varieties gave us a terrific opportunity to have fun, use our five senses, and practice a little writing. This science investigation and free printable are wonderful for summer learning or as a back to school activity to try in your classroom.
During our trip to Walmart to get the new Fruity Chews and Bubble Gum, we had the chance to see one of the Juicy Fruit demos that are happening in Walmart stores across the country. Have you seen one yet? Tinker loved playing the gum ball toss game they had, and I was thrilled to grab a coupon to go along with our purchase!
Once we had our Juicy Fruit gum the girls could wait to test it out, but I convinced them to wait until we got home.
Back at home we decided to do a five senses science investigation to learn more about our gum. I also created a recording sheet so that Lovey could get in a little writing practice. She started first by investigating the strawberry Fruity Chews.
We took our time using each individual sense to learn more about the chewing gum, and Lovey recorded her observations. She loved the strawberry scent. And she was pleasantly surprised by the cold sensation you feel when you first taste the gum–I was, too!
Of course, we couldn’t wait to try the other chewing gum either. We did those investigations orally by discussing our observations without recording them. Lovey ended up preferring the Fruity Chews. I think she liked being able to play with the bottle and the size of the actual gum pieces the most. This was Tinker’s first taste of gum (and I supervised her closely), but she’s been asking for the Juicy Fruit Original Bubble Gum ever since.
What new Juicy Fruit flavor are you looking forward to trying first?
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Help kids learn about the five senses while engaging in cross-curricular activities during this week long theme for preschool classes. Kids will engage all five senses as they participate in art, sensory, math, science, and literacy activities.
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Carrie - Huppie Mama
I absolutely love this idea – what a wonderful post!
David @ Spiced
What a great idea for how to have fun with your kids while also teaching them at the same time. I might just have to try this out for myself! #client
Thanks so much, David! We try to show how learning can be fun as often as possible, and this activity was definitely a hit with the girls. I hope you do try it!
This is AWESOME! Will be using this printable with the kids I see for occupational therapy this coming school year for sure!! Thanks so much for the great idea!
I’m so glad you like it, Claire! I hope your students enjoy using the printable!