Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for smelly-tasty vegetables! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Make the walk fun. Sing :( where is thumbkin) 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 the table. Do you see the red onion bulb? Let’s sit at the table and discover its secret! Put the baby in the seat and approach the seat next to the kitchen table. Put the red onion in front of him to have a closer look at it, also to feel its texture between his hands! Sit next to the baby. Hold up the onion and say:” onion bulb, it’s an onion”! Show it to the baby and say: Onion is a round vegetable that is usually white, purple, or red with a sharp, pungent, and tear-inducing smell. It has an intense flavor and a dry crispy skin. Onion is a beloved part of the cuisine of almost every region of the world. Onion bulb acts as a spice in as much as it can provide an aromatic undertone to various meat and vegetable dishes, without being a major ingredient. Point to the onion and say:“Red! It’s a red onion! This onion is red!” Slice the onion in half, hold up one half and point to the flat part to show the baby the layers inside the fleshy part, say: onion bulb is made up of several layers, (Point to each layer while explaining) which are modified leaves wrapped around a modified stem. (Point to the stem) They are generally oval in shape. These modified leaves serve as food storage and thereby enable the plant to survive adverse conditions. Onions are rich in powerful sulfuric compounds, responsible for their pungent odor -- and for irritating our eyes. Studies suggest that onions may lower high blood pressure, reduce heart attack risk, and even help protect against cancer (probably thanks to the presence of phytochemicals and the flavonoid quercetin). Approach the onion to the baby’s nose and say:” spicy!” Do you feel its spicy scent? Ask: What did you use to smell the onion, 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! Take a tiny piece of onion, put it in the baby’s mouth and say:”Did you like it, baby?( Observe the grimace on his face while chewing) Onion has a crunchy texture and strong flavor! So baby, what did you use to taste? 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 a lot today, and now it’s time to take some rest.
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