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: (I love you ,you love me, we’re a happy family). 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 herbs that belong to mint family! Reach out and bring some fresh sage. Say look, sage, sage, its sage! Sage has a pine- like flavor and a fragrant aroma. Its spear-shaped leaves are soft and woolly, with a cotton- like texture! This herb has gray-green color. Gray sage! Look at the color. It’s gray! The sage is gray! Sage is an herb from an evergreen shrub. Its soft, sweet savory flavor along with its wonderful health-promoting and disease preventing properties make sage one of the most important plants. {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 velvety leaves and he is catching some leaves between his fingers !) Sage is an excellent digestive aid and appetite stimulant. It helps reducing gas in the intestines and relieving abdominal cramps and bloating. When it is taken in tea, sage works as an expectorant for producing sweat and flushing out toxins, by relieving bronchitis, cold and flu symptoms. The herb contains very good amounts of vitamin-A and Beta-carotene levels that are essential for night vision and to protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers. Like most herbs, sage is a rich source of minerals like: Potassium that helps control heart rate and blood pressure! Manganese that works as co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme! Fresh sage leaves are a good source of antioxidant vitamin”Vitamin C” that helps maintain integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones! Take a stem and touch the baby’s face with it. Say: sage feels velvety. 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! Sage smells pine-like! Let’s touch some leaves now! Take some leaves, put them in a bowl in front of him and let him mix and play with them Say: “they feel velvety” .Guide him by playing and mixing the leaves together. Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested.

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