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 (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 vegetables is waiting for us on the table! 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 “cauliflower 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:” cauliflower!” Cauliflower has a compact head composed of undeveloped flower buds. The flowers are attached to a central stalk. When broken apart into separate buds, cauliflower looks like a little tree surrounded by ribbed, coarse green leaves that protect it from sunlight. Raw cauliflower is firm yet a bit spongy and crunchy in texture. It has a slightly sulfurous and faintly bitter flavor. Its color is white in most varieties. Look at the color!” Cauliflower is white! It’s a white cauliflower!” Cauliflower, by contrast, is naturally high in both fiber and B- vitamins. The high anti-oxidant content in cauliflower significantly neutralizes toxins in our body, therefore preventing toxin-related damages that may increase the risk of cancer.  It contains fiber that helps with weight loss and a healthy digestive tract, “choline” that is essential for learning and memory. In the minerals department, it is rich in potassium (vitamin K), calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and phosphorus (which help building strong bones and transmitting nerve impulses.) Approach the cauliflower to the baby’s nose and say: smell it, baby! Cauliflower smells earthy! What did you use to smell, Champ? (Point to baby’s nose)Absolutely true! You used your nose to smell! So listen, sweetie! Smell is the sense that enables one to perceive odors; it depends on the stimulation of sense organs in the nose by small particles carried in inhaled air! Put a tiny piece of cauliflower in the baby’s mouth and say: Taste it, baby! It is crunchy and faintly bitter taste! So baby, what did you use to taste? Great! You used your tongue to taste and thanks to the taste buds that are found on your tongue and allow you to experience tastes! Marvelous! Place the cauliflower in front of the baby and say: Here you are! Experience the spongy texture of this vegetable! Take his hand and pass it slowly on the cauliflower and say: Hey! What did you use to feel the spongy texture of cauliflower? Sure, you used your hands to feel the texture! And more specifically it’s the skin that covers your hands that helps you feel the texture. So our skin is the organ of touch!” That’s great, Champ!! Say: What a day! You had fun smelling, tasting and touching. Since you have enjoyed this activity, baby, you deserve some rest now! Oops!!!

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