EUSTIS, Fla., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Eat Yer Face Gelatin Mold Kit" is now available to anyone who wants to make an exact copy, or clone, of their face cast in gelatin and serve it up for a fun and educational holiday dessert.
Mike Samonek, inventor of the kit and best-selling author of The Special Effects Cookbook series states, "Mom always said the best gift is the gift of one's self. So I created the ultimate in personalized gifts - an easy and safe way to cast your face in gelatin and serve it up on a platter at your next party or special occasion. It's guaranteed to be the hit of your Christmas celebration and cause curious kids to start asking questions about the science of proteins. And your guests will laugh their heads off!"
Samonek's Special Effects Cookbook won the first place gold medal in the education category at the Inventor's Workshop International Education Foundation's Great Idea Contest held at Disneyland.
"Educators have proven that material presented in an entertaining manner is absorbed and retained at a much higher level than merely taught by rote memorization. Kids love the idea of playing with their food and laughing. I've given them a way to do just that and learn basic principles of physical science at the same time," stated Samonek.
The books come with a companion booklet titled, Brainerd Explains the Cool Science in the Special Effects Cookbooks. So if a curious child asks a parent how a special effect works, and the parent doesn't know, Brainerd explains it in simple terms a child can understand.
Samonek continues, "Kids are not taught how to think - just what to think. So I also created a second companion booklet, titled Brainerd's Top 10 Ways To Think Like A Smarty Pants. It shows kids how to think critically. I get letters from science teachers praising the books and their ability to simultaneously entertain and teach. Their favorite science experiment recipe is the Erupting Volcano Cake, which erupts edible strawberry foam 'lava' while blowing out safe 'smoke.' Then the whole class gets to eat the science experiment while discussing the states of matter. It's a clever and covert way to teach science painlessly - and the kids love it!"
SOURCE Mike Samonek