Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for a smelly-tasty fruit/nut or seed! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Make the walk fun. Sing :( here we go looby loo, here we go looby light) while walking with him….say: here we are. This is our kitchen where we can learn something new! Now let’s see what kind of fruit “it can also be a nut or a seed!” is waiting for you on the table! Point to the table and say:” Coconut!” Put the baby in the seat and approach the seat next to the kitchen table. Put the coconut in front of the baby to have a closer look at it, also to feel its texture between his hands! Sit next to him. Point to the fruit and say: “Coconut fruits are large and nearly round. The husk is hard, medium brown, and has a rough, hairy surface. The fruit is used for its husk, white flesh, and liquid in the fruit called "milk”. Coconut is a drupe containing a single seed. It is ovoid in shape with three sides divided by ridges. The seed is protected by a thick, stony shell, or endocarp, and is partially filled with a liquid known as coconut water. The edible endosperm is white and meaty. It contains high levels of water which can be consumed directly as a refreshing drink. The water is also gaining popularity as sports drink as it contains good levels of sugars, dietary fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals”. Cut the seed and show the baby its content (white meat and water) point to the water and say: Do you know that coconut water can be a substitute for blood plasma? The high level of sugar and other salts make it possible to add the water to the bloodstream, similar to how an IV solution works in modern medicine. Furthermore, the white, fleshy part of the coconut seed is called coconut meat. It has high amounts of Manganese, Potassium, and Copper. Finally, Coir (the fiber of the husk) can be used for making ropes, mats, brushes, sacks, caulking for boats, and as stuffing for mattresses. Every bit of the coconut is used. As a result, coconuts are called the “Tree of Life” and can produce drink, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, and much more. Slice the fruit into thin pieces, take a slice and approach it to the baby’s nose. Say: smell it, baby! It has a fresh exotic smell! Coconut scent takes us to exotic and tropic beaches with white sand and palms leaning above and reflecting in turquoise water where this magnificent fruit grows. Don’t forget that your nose helped you smell the fruit. Take a slice in your hand and ask the baby to nibble it. Say: It tastes milky, creamy and sweet! Did you like its milky taste, sweetie? With the help of your tongue you were able to feel the fruit’s milky taste. Now, put the slice in the baby’s hand, let him turn it and squeeze it. Say: Coconut is firm and slippery! Do you feel its slippery texture, baby? Allow him to play, squeeze, turn, drop, and nibble the slice (always under your direct control). Then, provide the rest time.
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