This past Sunday I knew UUSA member Janis Gray was giving the sermon and in it she was going to talk about a green slimy dessert that was a traditional part of her family Thanksgiving dinner. Can you guess what I decided to do during RE?
Before I answer, I’ll let you know that during Joys and Sorrows we talked about how Thanksgiving is both a time of joy and a time of sorrow. Many Native Americans call Thanksgiving the Day of Mourning and it is important that we acknowledge how terrible the Pilgrims were to the native people who lived on this continent before they arrived from Europe. It is also important to remember that not everyone has enough food to eat or a warm place to sleep. So, while we take the time to share a meal and family, let us not forget our past or our neighbors and friends who may not have enough.
Janis’s funny story about her family’s green dessert gave me the perfect excuse for us to make non-edible green slime! It turns out green slime is easy to make and not surprisingly, a big hit with the children. Here is the recipe: two Tablespoons Corn Starch, one and a half Tablespoons dish soap and a few drops of green food coloring – mix, mix, add more soap, add more starch, keep mixing and kneading until you get the consistency you want. The more you mix and knead, the better the slime becomes!
Once we got to the point where we could pull our slime and not have it stick to our fingers we took turns reading poems about gratitude in a book called Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes. The book has beautiful messages and pictures.
Between the slime and the gratitude poems I think the children are set for Thanksgiving! Parents, you’ll be happy to know that this version of slime dries pretty quickly so you probably won’t be finding it all over your house.
Enjoy the time off school and work and remember, if you need help or support in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.