Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly- tasty herbs! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Hold the baby gently under his arms and tenderly swing/walk/carry him to the kitchen. Make the walk fun. Sing ( old Macdonald) while walking with him….say here we are. This is our kitchen where we can see food and drinks, learn to cook, and eat Yummy food! We can learn nutrition too! Now we are going to open the fridge and get some grassy and minty leaves! Reach out and bring some mint stems. Say mint…mint..It’s mint. Mint is truly an interesting herb. It has squared- off stems and bright green spear-shaped leaves. Green leaves! Look at the color. It is green. Mint has a strong distinct flavor! It smells fresh and cool! It has an intensive minty aroma. Mint contains Menthol! Menthol affects the nerve ending in our mouth and makes our brain think the mouth is cooler than it really is. Mint leaves provide a considerable amount of Vitamin “A”. Vitamin “A” promotes healthy skin and support immune system , It also helps cells reduce normally . Mint leaves also provides small amount of Vitamin “C” and “B-complex” vitamins. . Since these leaves are very low in calories and rich in fiber, they are important to our body because they help reduce cholesterol and lowering the risk of Obesity. Touch the nose with a stem and say: nose .Touch the other parts of the face commenting on them: head, forehead, brows, eyes, hands, fingers, chest, tummy, waist, legs, feet . Put the baby in the seat and approach some leaves next to the his nose and let him sniff the freshness of this herb , smell it now ,Mmm! Mint smells cool and fresh ! Take the stems and touch the baby’s face. Say mint is moist and tender. Place some stems in a bowl take the baby’s hand in your hand and help him touch and mix them say wet…..wet..It’s wet. You will realize that he enjoys playing with these stems. Guide him by playing and mixing the herbs together. Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested. Provide the rest time.
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