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! Make the walk fun .Sing (if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands,) 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 a new kind of vegetables! 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 pumpkin 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 pumpkin and say: ”pumpkin!” Hold up the” pumpkin” and say: “Orange!” Pumpkin is orange, it’s an orange pumpkin!! The pumpkin varies much in form, being sometimes nearly globular, but more generally oblong or ovoid in shape; with smooth, slightly ribbed skin and deep yellow to orange coloration. The inside flesh vary from pale to dark green, white to gray and orange-yellow to red. The thick shell contains the seeds which are edible and pulp. The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. A provitamin that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Known for its immune-boosting powers, beta-carotene is essential for eye health and has also been linked to preventing coronary heart disease is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Cut the pumpkin into small cubes and put them in a bowl! Put a cube in the baby’s hand and ask: Do you feel its texture, baby? Say:”soft and slimy! Do you feel its softness, sweetie?” Ask: What did you use to feel the soft and slimy texture? “That’s right! You used your hands to feel the texture! And more specifically it’s the skin that covers our hands that helps us feel the texture. So our skin is the organ of touch!” The baby will turn the cube upside down, he will move it from one hand to another, and he may try to squeeze it! If so, allow him to nibble on the flesh and say: It’s crunchy and has an earthy flavor! Do you like it, sweetheart? Ask: By the way, what did you use to taste this pumpkin? Aha!! ! You used your tongue (Point to the baby’s tongue) to taste, and thanks to the taste buds that are found on your tongue and allow you to experience tastes. You did a great job today, baby! Now, it’s time to play!! Put the bowl of pumpkin cubes in front of him and let him mix, squeeze, grip, pinch, nip the pieces until he gets bored. Provide the rest time.
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