Kitchen time

Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly-tasty legumes! Let’s walk to the kitchen! Make the walk fun. Sing (I love you, you love me) while walking with him….say: here we are. This is our kitchen where we can learn more and more nutrition lessons! Now let’s see what kind of legume we can find in the kitchen cupboard! Reach out and bring a handful of dry peas! say: “Let’s sit at the table and discover their secrets!” Put the baby in the seat and approach the seat next to the kitchen table. Put the dried peas in a bowl in front of him to have a closer look at them, also to feel their textures between his hands! Sit next to the baby; Hold up the peas and say:” dry peas”! Show it to the baby and say: “dry peas! Dry peas!” Dried peas come in yellow and green varieties, the yellow having the milder, more neutral and delicate flavor, while the green offer an earthier, more vegetal taste. When fresh peas are unavailable, dried peas make a wonderful, slightly heartier and starchier alternative. Dried peas are ideal for soups and stews, when cooked; they quickly and easily melt down into a thick and creamy texture that adds satisfying body to any dish. Hold up some peas and say: “green!” Show them to the baby and say: “green! Green!” these dry peas are green! (While talking to the baby, keep passing his hands on the legumes (Watch out! The baby may take one pea and try to put it in his mouth). Although they belong to the same family as beans and lentils, they are usually distinguished as a separate group because of the ways in which they are prepared. The different types of peas are all spherical, a feature that also sets them apart from beans and lentils. Dry peas, are increasingly being used in healthy diets in order to promote general well-being and to reduce the risk of illness. They are low in sodium, high in protein and are an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, complex carbohydrates, B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium. Approach the peas to the baby’s face and say: “Green! Look at the color, baby! These dry peas are green! They are green dry peas!” Take an empty bowl and put it on the table; Now, take the first bowl with dried peas in your hands and pour the peas in the empty bowl, ask: Did you hear the “ Tink! Tink! Click! Sounds? These are the sounds of peas hitting the plastic bowl! Let’s listen to that noise again! Pour the peas into the empty bowl; say: Listen to the loud again, baby! The baby would laugh out loud! The noise of the falling peas would attract his attention; he may move his hands up and down as if he wants to share making these sounds with you! Put the bowl in front of the baby in order to play with the peas. Watch him playing. Give plenty of eye contact and praise to reassure the baby and boost his confidence so that he can experiment and enjoy the play in a relaxed manner. Provide the rest time.

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