Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for smelly-tasty green herbs! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Make the walk fun. Sing :( Sing a song of six pence) while walking with him….say: here we are. This is our kitchen where we always learn something new! Now let’s see what is waiting for you on the table! Point to the table and say: Look at that dark green bunch! Let’s discover its secrets! Put the baby in the seat and approach the seat next to the kitchen table. Put the bunch of mint in front of the baby to have a closer look at them, also to feel their textures between his hands! Sit next to him. Point to the green bunch and say: Mint! Mm.. What an aromatic scent! Mint is the glorious plant that gives the candy of the same name its cool burst of flavor. Mints are aromatic, almost exclusively perennial, rarely annual, herbs. They have wide-spreading underground and over ground erect, square, branched stems. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, from oblong to lancelet, often downy, and with a serrated margin! The taste of mint can be described as a cross between pepper and chlorophyll Mint leaves are dark green! Point to the leaves and say: Green! Mint leaves are dark green. Mint has dark green leaves! Mint is valued for its insect-repellent properties. Vegetable gardeners often place pots of mint among other crops to repel pests. Campers rub leaves on their skin and tents to drive away mosquitoes and ants. Crushed mint applied to an insect bite brings relief as well. Mint has also been used medicinally to aid digestion and as a healing compound. It is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Approach the bunch of mint to your nose and say: Mmm! These leaves have a warm, fresh, aromatic fragrance! Smell it, baby! Approach the bunch to the baby’s nose and say: Aromatic and fresh! Do you feel its warm scent? Ask: What did you use to smell the leaves, baby? Yup! You used your nose to smell as I did! Now, put the mint in the baby’s hand and say: soft and tickling! Take his hand in your hand and pass it on the leaves and ask: Do you feel the softness of these leaves, sweetie? What did you use to feel the texture of mint? Aha! You used your hand or more specifically your skin that covers your hand! Put a mint leaf in your mouth and say:” Mint tastes cold!” ask:” Do you know why?” The answer is” menthol”, the ingredient that instantly tricks your brain into sensing that the food is cold. Put a bit of leaf in the baby’s mouth and say: Taste it, Champ! What do you think? Yes, It tastes cold! What did you use to taste, baby? Aha! So with the help of your tongue you were able to feel the mint’s cold taste! Great! You have learned enough for today, and now is your time to play. Let’s play, sweetie!
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