Kitchen time

Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for smelly-tasty sea vegetables! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Make the walk fun. Sing :( Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream) 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!! There is a deep purple thin sheet on the table! Let’s discover its secrets! Put the baby in the seat and approach the seat next to the kitchen table. Put the sheet in front of him to have a closer look at it, also to feel its texture between his hands! Sit next the baby and say: Nori! Nori is edible seaweed that is perhaps best known as the seaweed that wraps pieces of sushi! Made from porphyra and/or enteromorpha species of algae, these seaweed varieties grow in shallow and cold water! Nori often comes in thin sheet form and has a black-purple color which turns a deep green when toasted having a mildly sweet, salty taste similar to what the ocean smells like!  Although it is used as a garnish, for flavoring noodle dishes and soups, or as a health supplement! Indeed, as the nutritional value of nori continues to come to light, more and more health food stores worldwide are beginning to sell it in fresh or dried form. Hold up the sheet; approach it to the baby’s face and say: “black-purple!” Nori has a black-purple color! It’s a black-purple seaweed! Adding nori to your dishes will not only make your meals more flavorful but will also make you healthier overall as this unassuming seaweed packs a punch nutritionally. Nori is one of the plant world’s richest sources of protein that is needed for building and repairing muscles, building enzymes and antibodies, and cell maintenance and growth! Approach the sheet to your nose and say: Mmm! Nori has the ocean smell! Smell it, baby! Approach it to the baby’s nose and say: It smells fishy!! Do you feel its ocean scent? Ask: What did you use to smell the seaweed, baby? Yup! You used your nose to smell as I did! Remember, sweetie, 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.  Now, put the sheet in the baby’s hand and say: thick and tight texture! Take his hand in your hand and pass it on the sheet and ask: Do you feel the tight texture of nori, sweetie? What did you use to feel the texture this seaweed? Aha! You used your hand or more specifically your skin that covers your hand! Approach the sheet to the baby’s mouth and say:” Lick it, baby! Nori tastes salty, doesn’t it?” Yes, it tastes salty! What did you use to taste, baby? Great! You used your tongue to taste and thanks to the taste buds that are found on your tongue and allow you to experience tastes! Marvelous! You have learned enough for today, and it’s your time to play. Let’s play, sweetie!

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