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 spice cupboard and get some bay leaves! Reach out and bring some bay leaves. Hold one leaf and show it to the baby and say “bay leaf..bay leaf” It’s a bay leaf . What are these leaves doing in our cupboard? Unlike almost every other spice, we don’t actually eat bay leaves! This leaf is almond- shaped, glossy, and dry. It’s green! Look at the color. It is green .The leaf itself doesn’t taste like much other than a leaf, but if you steep few bay leaves in a warm broth or sauce, your dish becomes infused with flavor and very fragrant. Bay leaf is a good source of Linalool , which is also found in thyme and basil. This component has been used as a relaxing fragrance in aromatherapy. Fresh leaves are very rich source of Vitamin “C”! It is an anti- oxidant that helps remove harmful radicals from the body. They are also excellent source of Vitamin “A” that is also an anti-oxidant and is essential for healthy visual sight. In addition, it is a good source of minerals that help control heart rate and blood pressure. Touch the nose with a leaf 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 his nose and say, smell it now, Mmm! Bay leaf smells woody! Take one leaf and touch the baby’s face. Say bay leaf is rough and dry. Place some bay leaves in a bowl, take the baby’s hand in your hand and help him touch and mix them say dry... they’re dry . You will realize that he likes playing with these leaves because he enjoys the crackling sound they make.. Guide him by playing and mixing the leaves together. Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested. Provide the rest time.
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