Jell-O Gelatin & Pre-school Project

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 1:57pm
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I was just informed today that my son's (3 1/2) pre-school class plans to make rainbow jello (3 layers of different flavored jell-o) for St. Patrick's Day. The teacher asked me if my son (PA & avoiding all nuts) would be able to participate. I said I needed to look into who mfg. Jell-o since we do not eat it at our house. After I got off the phone I was frustrated. WHY do you have to make Jell-o! Why can't you just make a rainbow with colored sand or something. WHY FOOD! I need your advice since I have only been dealing with PA for 3 months. I send to school all my sons food (bkfst, lunch and snacks). I provide the Cheerios for him to string for class. Last week I sent in eggs so he could make "green" eggs for Dr. Seuss' birthday. The week before I sent in an english muffin, pizza sauce and cheese so he could make his own pizza for a classmates birthday celebration. I don't know how to get around the jell-o since they are making it in class and I really can't send in my own jell-o for him to make different layers. We could make one at home and then he could bring it in to eat that day . . but I am not too trilled about what I have read about Kraft especially after the problem with their pudding in 2005. Should I just tell him that he can make it but he can't eat it? My gut is saying yes since I have
been telling him for the last 3 months that he can only eat what Mommy sends to school in his lunch box or brings in for "special" projects. But maybe there is a way to explain that this time is okay? NOTE: He really loves cooking. In fact if you ask him what he wants to do when he grows up is to be a Chef/Cook.

Do food projects happen all the time in Elementry school? Do your kids just sit on the sidelines when they do food projects or do the participate and just not eat? Or do you tell them you called the mfg. and it is okay for you to do this project at school "this" time? How do your older kids feel about food projects at school?

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Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 2:45pm
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Noticed I submitted my post before mid-night so responded so it hits Wednesday's active topics. Thanks!

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 10:29pm
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Looks like it's time to start pulling together info for a 504 for grade K and beyond [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Food in the class room does happen often.
As far as Jello goes we've had no problem with it.
Good Luck
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Jodi mom to:
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Z 3/18/03 Peanut, Milk, Egg, pineapple, etc...

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 4:31am
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I don't see a problem with it as far as pa but if your son also has a shellfish allergy it may not be a good idea (gelatin is sometimes derived from shellfish).

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 4:43am
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we are doing a 504 because yes, sitting on the sidelines is discrimination(in my book). And these kinds of projects(involving food) happen in elementary too.
My son has been fine with jello...but that is besides the point, this food is not from you and it may give your son mixed messages...so I am not sure how you want to handle that. Anyway you could attend his class and he can make his own?? I know not everyone can do that, but I have had to in the past as well. Good luck, I am with you though, why food??? Sand is a much cooler idea, maybe the teacher would go for it??
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 8:40am
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I talked with the teachers this afternoon and they are willing to look at other non-food related activities to make a rainbow that does not include food. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 8:44am
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good to hear!!!!
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Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

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