Kitchen time

Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly-tasty vegetables! 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 (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 we are going to the table where I have already placed an orange vegetable! Say: “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 carrot in front of him to have a closer look at it, also to feel its texture between his hands! Sit next to the baby. Point to the carrot and say: ”carrot!” Naturally sugary, usually orange color carrot roots have a crunchy texture and sweet and minty aromatic taste. Carrots can be found in other colors including white, yellow, red, or purple. (While talking to the baby, keep passing his hands on the vegetable to feel its texture). Hold up the carrot and say:”orange!” show it to the baby and say:”carrot is orange”. These root vegetables come with wholesome health benefiting compounds such as beta-carotene, vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants in ample amounts. It is the antioxidant “Beta-carotene” that gives carrots their bright orange color and converted into “Vitamin A” that is important for healthy eyes. Carrots reduce the risk of many types of cancer due to its anticancer properties. The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels to prevent heart disease. The fiber present in carrots helps clean out the colon and hasten waste movement. Carrots are rich in “Vitamin C” which stimulate the activity of the white blood cells and is one of the important elements in the immune system. Finally carrots are great for your dental health as they kill harmful germs in the mouth and prevent tooth decay. In another word, you should eat carrots because they are a rich source of nutrients that can promote better health and prevent a number of serious medical problems. Approach the carrot next to the baby’s nose and say: smell it baby, Mmm!! Carrot smells savory! Cut the carrot into thick circles and put them in a bowl in front of the baby.  Approach a tiny piece next to the baby’s mouth and let him lick it. Say: Sugary! Carrots taste sweet and sugary” Let the baby put his hands in the bowl in order to touch and mix the pieces say:” wet and firm!” Guide him by playing and mixing the pieces together. ( the baby will get excited and especially when he feels the wet texture of the carrot now he will try to put a piece of carrot in his mouth in order to suck it or eat it, so always supervise the baby while eating to make sure that he is safe!) Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested. Provide the rest time.

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