Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly- tasty spice! 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 :( Baa, baa, black sheep) 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 dry spice we can find in the kitchen cupboard! Reach out and bring a handful of cloves! Hold up the cloves and say:” cloves”! Show it to the baby and say: “Cloves! Cloves! The warm, sweet, pleasant and aromatic taste of cloves is used to flavor several sweet and spicy dishes. While the exterior of the spice is hard and tough, it is the fleshy interior that contributes to the flavor and nutritional profile.. Hold up the spice and say: “Brown!” Show them to the baby and say: “brown! Brown!” Cloves are brown! (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 some cloves and try to put them in his mouth). Cloves are one of the highly prized spices, widely recognized for their medicinal and culinary qualities. In manufacturing, cloves are used in toothpaste, soaps, perfumes and cosmetics. The spice contains a good amount of minerals like “potassium” that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese that is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme. Further, the spice buds contain very good amounts of “Vitamin A” and “Beta- carotene” levels. These compounds are known to have “antioxidant” properties.. Additionally, this spice is a good source of vitamins”K, B6,B1’ and “Vitamin C” , consumption of food rich in “Vitamin C’ helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen- free radicals. Cloves have “antibacterial and “anti-inflammatory properties which are effectively used in drugs and dental filling. As a conclusion, by adding cloves in the daily food we can strengthen the immune system, increase resistance to diseases and purify our blood. Take the dry cloves 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 cloves next to his nose and say , smell it now ,hey! Cloves smell spicy! Touch the baby’s face . Say : hard ! Put the baby in the seat . Put the flakes 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 : hard and tickled! Guide him by playing and mixing the cloves together. (The baby will get excited especially and may try to put some cloves 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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