February 3, 2012 - Bubble Gum Day

Some schools and libraries have a unique holiday today: any kid who donates 50 cents gets to chew bubble gum in the school or library – for that day only, of course! 

The money collected goes to a charity or worthy cause.

This holiday was started by children's author Ruth Spiro. Her Bubble Gum Day website has some activity suggestions for bubble gum writing, art, and math. Check it out! 

Celebrate bubble gum...

Try doing tests to see which bubble gum brand has the longest-lasting flavor. Which produces the largest bubbles?

Bright Hub Education suggests doing an experiment to see if chewing gum helps people concentrate. 

Here is a history of bubble gum in slides. 

Have you ever wanted to make bubble gum? Steve Spangler Science has a bubble gum kit. 

Speaking of bubble gum...

On a trail up to the top of Stone Mountain in Georgia are some huge boulders partly covered with dried-up, colorful globs of chewing gum. You walk between these boulders, which make a Bubble Gum Alley of sorts. There is a Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California, and a Bubble Gum Wall in Seattle, Washington. There is (or, at least, used to be) a surprisingly beautiful Bubble Gum Tree in Greenwich, England. In my travels, I've been all four places but have only seen two of these bubble gum landmarks—I didn't know about them to look for the other two! You can use Google to see if there is a bubble gum landmark near you.

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