Kitchen time

Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for smelly-tasty green vegetables! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Make the walk fun. Sing :( here we go looby loo, ) 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: Oh! What a variety of vegetables! Let’s discover their secrets! Put the baby in the seat and approach the seat next to the kitchen table. Put the green onion, rocca, and lettuce 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 lettuce and say: We will start with lettuce! Lettuce is a deep green leafy vegetable. It has long leaves with a crisp texture and deep taste. When these leaves are broken ( brake a lettuce leaf,” if possible, show him a drop of the milky liquid”, and let the baby smell and lick it) they secrete white milky liquid which is bitter in taste. Its leaves are one of the incredible sources of essential nutrients that benefit health. Now, hold up the green onion and say:” Green onion”. Show it to the baby and say: “Green onion!” Give the stalk to the baby to have a closer look at it, also to feel its texture between his hands! Take it back and say: As you saw, “green onions” or “scallions” feature long, slender, erect stalk rising above a small, elongated root (bulb) from which multiple straight; hollow, tubular leaves grow. “Green onions” are young shoots of bulb onions, and are milder tasting than large-bulb Onions. The bright green tops and bulb are both edible, and are sold in bunches. Sit next to the baby; put the stalk on the table in front of him. Point to the leaves and say: “Green!”Look at the color!” Green onion’s leaves are green. They are green leaves.”But if you look at the bulb (point to the bulb) it’s white. The bulb is white.” Point to the leaves again, say: “Green onions leaves are long. Now hold up rocca leaves and say: “Rocca”, also known as salad or garden rocket, is one of the nutritious green-leafy vegetable of Mediterranean origin. It is a small, low growing annual herb featuring dandelion like succulent, elongated, lobular leaves with green-veins. Younger rocket leaves feature light green color, and appear identical to that of spinach. Additionally, young, tender leaves are less peppery and sweet in contrast to strong, spicy flavor of mature greens.  Nonetheless, it has many vital phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals that may immensely benefit health. Ask: Do you know what is in common among Lettuce, green onion, and rocca sweetie? Excellent! Yes, they are all green and used in salad. In addition, the nutrients in vegetables are vital for health and maintenance of your body. So eating a diet rich in vegetables may reduce risk for stroke, cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes. Say: Hey! We are done! It’s time to play, baby!!!

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