Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly- tasty vegetables! Let’s walk to the kitchen. Make the walk fun .Sing (The alphabet song…a,b,c,d,e,f,g,) While walking with him say: here we are. This is our kitchen where we can learn more about fruits and vegetables. Now we are going to the table where I have already placed a pulpy vegetable! Point to the tomato and say:” tomato”! Put the baby in the seat and approach the seat next to the kitchen table. Put the tomato in front of the baby to have a closer look at it, also to feel its texture between his hands! Sit next to him. Hold up the vegetable and say: “tomato!” Point to the tomato’s skin and say:” Look at the color! Red. It’s a red tomato. This tomato is red”. Tomato, is a pulpy and savory nutritious food that has usually a bright red color and eaten as vegetable! Smell the tomato and say: Wow! It has a fresh aroma! Approach the tomato next to the baby’s nose and let him sniff the freshness of the vegetable, say:” smell it now, Mmm! Tomato smells fresh! “Ask the baby: What did you use to smell, Champ? (Point to baby’s nose) Absolutely true! You used your nose to smell as I did. Smell is the sense that enables one to perceive odors; it depends on the stimulation of sense organs in the nose by small particles carried in inhaled air. It is important also for the enjoyment of food, since flavor is a blend of taste and smell! Pass your hand on the vegetable and say: tender and silky! Can you feel its tenderness? Put the tomato in the baby’s hand and say: Here you are! Experience the tender and silky texture of this tomato! Now, tell me what did you use to feel the silky texture, baby?” That’s right! You used your hand to feel the texture! And more specifically it’s the skin that covers your hands that helps you feel the texture. So our skin is the organ of touch!” The baby will turn the tomato upside down, he will move it from one hand to another, he will try to squash it and he may lick it! Say: It has a bland taste! But its flesh has a different flavor! Let’s try it! Slice the tomato into tiny pieces, place them in a bowl, Take a tiny piece and give it to the baby, say: taste it baby and discover the bland and delicious flavor of tomato! Before he puts it in his mouth, the baby will pass it from one hand to another; he will even squish it before eating it. Say: Did you like its delicious flavor? What did you use to taste, sweetie? Yes! You used your tongue (Point to the baby’s tongue) to taste, and thanks to the taste buds that are found on your tongue and allow you to experience tastes. You did a great job today, baby! Now, it’s time to play!! Put the bowl that contains tomato pieces in front of him and allow him to squish, mix and splash them. Provide the rest time.
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