Say : Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly-tasty legumes! 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 (I love you, you love me) 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 let’s see what kind of legume we can find in the kitchen cupboard! Reach out and bring a some dry beans ! Hold up the beans and say:” dry beans”! Show it to the baby and say: “ dry beans! dry beans!” Dry beans are medium size, oval-shaped beans. They are known for their soft creamy texture and a delicate flavor similar to chestnuts. Hold up the beans and say: “white!” Show them to the baby and say: “white! white!” these dry beans are white! (While talking to the baby, keep passing his hands on the legumes ,put them from one hand to another ,make them accessible and touchable for the baby(Watch out! The baby may take one bean and try to put it in his mouth). Dry beans are nutrient-dense, they are packed with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Dry beans or legumes contain no cholesterol, lots of complex carbohydrates, and little fat. For vitamins and minerals, beans are an excellent source of copper, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium, and are rich source of ‘Iron”, which makes them ideal for “vegans” who do not get an animal source of iron. Beans are natural source of antioxidants and phytochemicals that may reduce the risk of certain cancers. In addition to its beneficial effects on the digestive system and the heart, soluble fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy. In a recent multicultural study, the consumption of beans was shown to be the only dietary component related to longevity.As a conclusion, beans are important in reducing risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Take the dry beans in your hand and touch the baby’s nose 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 sea . Approach the beans next to his nose and say , smell it now ,hey! Dry beans are odorless! Touch the baby’s face . Say : hard ! Put the baby in the seat . Put the beans in a bowl in front of the baby! The baby will put both hands in the bowl in order to touch and mix them say : dry, dry !! Guide him by playing and mixing the beans together. (the baby will get excited and he may take a bean and try to put it in his mouth, (Your supervision is very important in this stage)) Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested . Provide the rest time.
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