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JELL-O to the rescue

May 21, 2012
 |  by Julie

JELL-O to the rescue

In my own defense (you know it’s not a good sign when someone starts off a conversation that way), I’ve never been very good in the kitchen . . . or in science . . . or with crafty projects of any kind. However, I tried. All for the sake of teaching my child how fun it can be to learn about patience. Sure, I kind of failed, but we made do. And I think Piper had fun nonetheless.

The catastrophe occurred with our latest Kids of Integrity lesson, “Growing ‘Patience Candy’ (Science With a Twist).” The project involves a lot of stirring and then waiting patiently for your “candy” to crystallize over a 24-hour period. Piper adores helping me out in the kitchen, so she was very excited. We stirred, we squirted lots of bright blue food colouring, we poured and we waited.

And waited.

And waited. (Boy, did my child learn a lot about patience!)

Unfortunately, our soupy blue liquid never did crystallize. I’m sure I must have done something wrong, but I have no clue what the problem was. Piper was disappointed, but to be honest, she does have the memory of a toddler. She promptly forgot about it, but that failed candy kept bothering me!

After giving it some thought, I realized I could salvage the lesson – and create another fun cooking project – by simplifying things down to a level of culinary expertise that even I could manage . . . JELL-O®! The same concept applied since we had to wait on the Jell-O to solidify. She was actually more anxious about wanting to eat the Jell-O than she had the candy, so I really had the opportunity to talk about patience.

How much of that lesson sank in? I don’t know. But I do know she’s been better at waiting patiently for things. I find that if I ask her to “Wait,” she often has a hard time, but if I use the words “be patient” or “have patience,” she really does seem to do better. Thus, I try to regularly incorporate these patience words and conversations into our day.

I’m also happy to report that Piper was able to memorize her verse within a few days. I often ask her, “What’s our memory verse?” and she’ll promptly smile and shyly say, “Love is patient, love is kind.” Simply amazing!

Related Lesson: Patience