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! Make the walk fun .Sing (roses are red, violets are blue!,) 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 green 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 “broccoli” 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 vegetable and say: ”broccoli!” Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family and is closely related to cauliflower. Its large, flowering head is eaten as a vegetable. The broccoli plant has a thick green stalk, or stem, which gives rise to thick, leathery, oblong leaves which are gray-blue to green in color. The plant produces large branching green and tender flower heads covered with numerous white or yellow flowers.  Because of its different components, this vegetable provides a complex of tastes and textures, ranging from soft and flowery to fibrous and crunchy. Broccoli has an impressive nutritional profile. It is "high in fiber, very high in vitamin C and has potassium, B6 and vitamin A. Broccoli is also packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants. Phytochemicals are chemicals in plants that are responsible for color, smell and flavor. Phytochemicals in broccoli are good for the immune system. Antioxidants are chemicals produced by the body or found in fruits, vegetables and grains. "Antioxidants can help find and neutralize free radicals that cause cell damage," Hold up the” broccoli” and say: “Green!” Broccoli is green, it’s a green broccoli! Green is the color of balance and harmony. It is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. Having a personality color green means you are kind, generous and compassionate. A natural peacemaker and a practical, down- to-earth person, with love to nature. Let’s get started, Take the broccoli, give it to the baby and say: Here you are! Experience the soft shell of broccoli! The baby will take it with both hands stare at it, pass it from one hand to another, turn it upside down, and finally put it in his mouth and start licking or nibbling it. Say: Hey! What did you use to feel the soft and flowery texture of broccoli’s skin? Sure, you used your hands to feel the texture. Now, take a bite of the vegetable chew it and say:  broccoli has a fibrous flavor, with crunchy consistency!! Give it back to the baby and let him take a little bite of the vegetable, Ask: Did you like it, sweetie? Do you find it bitter or sweet? I think you agree with me it is crunchy with fibrous taste! Point to the baby’s mouth and ask: What organ did you use to taste the broccoli? Yes!! You used your tongue to taste! Say: Well done, Champ! You have done good work today…and now it’s time to play, Hooray!!!

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