Kitchen time

Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly- tasty herbs! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Hold the baby gently under his arms and tenderly swing/walk/carry him to the kitchen. Make the walk fun. sing( there was a farmer has a dog) ….say here we are. This is our kitchen where we can see food and drinks, learn to cook, and eat Yummy food! We can learn nutrition too! Now we are going to open the fridge and get some aromatic gray herbs! Reach out and bring some fresh thyme. Say look, thyme, thyme, this is thyme! Thyme leaves are small, oval and gray-green in color! Gray thyme! Look at the color. It is gray! The thyme is gray! Thyme is a delicate looking herb with a penetrating fragrance! Thyme stems are stiff and woody, they are covered in minute hair {while talking to the baby, keep passing his hands on the fresh leaves, put it from one hand to another, make it accessible and touchable for the baby), you will notice that he is happy to touch these delicate leaves and he is catching some leaves between his fingers! Thyme is highly aromatic and has a pungent, woodsy flavor. This herb is a natural medicine for chest and respiratory problems including coughs and bronchitis. Thyme is packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health, like Potassium that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure! Manganese that works as co- factor for the antioxidant enzyme! Vitamin “A” that helps protect your lungs and oral cavity from cancers! So thyme is a noble strengthener of lungs, and a great comfort to the stomach. It is essential for normal growth and development of your bones, eyes, and teeth. . Take a stem and touch the baby’s face with it. Say: thyme feels hairy. Touch the nose with the stem and say: nose! Touch the other parts of the face commenting on them: head, forehead, brows, eyes, hands, fingers, chest, tummy, waist, legs, feet . Put the baby in the seat and put a thyme stem in his hand and with your help approach the stem to his nose. Say: Smell it now, Mmm! Thyme smells woodsy! Let’s touch some stems now! Take a small bundle of thyme ,put it in a bowl in front of him and let him mix and play with them Say : “they feel wet and hairy” .Guide him by playing and mixing the stems together. Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested.

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