Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some special food! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Make the walk fun .Sing (I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas) while walking with him….say: here we are. This is our kitchen where we are going to learn something new! I have placed some acorns on the table in order to talk about them! Put the baby in the seat and approach the seat next to the kitchen table. Approach the acorns and put them in front of the baby to have a closer look at them, also to feel their texture between his hands! Sit next to him. Hold up the nut and Say: “acorn!” From the “Mighty Oak” comes the little acorn, food for early hunter-gatherers. We often see squirrels with acorns, but did you know that deer eat them too? Mice, woodpeckers, blue jays and ducks like to snack on them too! Oak trees depend on animals to carry their acorns somewhere else, bury them, and then forget about them so a new tree can start growing. The fruit of an oak tree, consisting of a smooth thick walled nut in a woody scaly cuplike base! Those bright, shining round acorns are very good for you, besides tasting great! But acorns contain tannic acid which must be removed before using. Tannic acid is water soluble and can be removed by boiling or flushing! Tannin is a bitter chemical that we humans use to tan leather. Too much tannin in your sensitive intestines makes it hard for them to get any nutrients out of the food you’re eating! So acorns may be super good for you, but if you’re eating them raw your body will never see any of those wonderful nutrients. You’ll also be left with a bitter taste in your mouth. ! Give an acorn to the baby and say: Look at the color of your acorn, baby!” It’s brown. Acorn is brown. It’s a brown acorn.” Ask: Do you feel its texture? Take the baby’s hand and pass it on the acorn and say:”Tough cap, leathery shell!” Do you feel its toughness, baby? Pass the baby’s hand on the cap of the acorn and say:”tough”. Then, on the shell and say: “leathery”. Ask: What did you use to feel the tough and leathery texture?” That’s right! You used your hand to feel the texture! And more specifically it’s the skin that covers our hands that helps us feel the texture. So our skin is the organ of touch!” The baby will turn the acorn upside down, he will move it from one hand to another, and he may squeeze it! Take an acorn, start squeezing it and Say: Acorns are very easy to crack. The shell is pliable and quite thin. Pop the cap off, then simply grasp it with a pair of pliers and give a squeeze. Don’t mash the kernel.( Now, approach the shell and crack it to draw his attention) Say: Simply crack the shell. Then peel it off and toss the kernel into a plate. Approach the plate that the baby can see the yellowish meat! Time is over, baby! We have learned a lot today! Now, it’s time to take some rest after this informational lesson….
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