Kitchen time

Say: Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for a new kind of food! 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 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 “garlic bulb” 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:” Garlic!” Garlic is arranged in a head, called a "bulb” and consists of numerous small separate cloves. Both the cloves and the entire bulb are encased in paper-like cover that can be white, off-white, or have a purple hue. Although garlic cloves have a firm texture, they can be easily cut or crushed. Raw garlic has a very strong, pungent and heated taste. When a garlic bulb is whole it has very little aroma. When a clove is cut, it gives the pungent, spicy and mellow smell it is known for it. Strong flavored, garlic cloves contain many note worthy phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that have proven health benefits. Its bulbs contain organic thio- sulfinite compounds .Upon disruption of bulb (while crushing, or cutting), these compounds convert into allicin through enzymatic reaction that reduces cholesterol production and decreases blood vessel stiffness through facilitation. Garlic supplementation helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold. High doses of garlic appear to improve blood pressure of those with known high blood pressure. . Hold up the bulb, show it to the baby and say:”white!” Garlic is white! It is a white bulb! White is color at its most complete and pure, the color of perfection. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion. White offers an inner cleansing and purifying of your thoughts, emotions and, ultimately, your spirit, refreshing and strengthening your entire energy system. Let’s get started, Take the bulb, give it to the baby and say: Here you are! Experience the firm texture of garlic! 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. Say: Hey! What did you use to feel the firm texture of the garlic? Sure, you used your hands to feel the texture. Now, take a clove, approach it to the baby’s nose and say:  Garlic has a pungent and spicy smell! Ask the baby: What did you use to smell, Champ? (Point to baby’s nose)Absolutely true! You used your nose to smell! 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. It is important also for the enjoyment of food, since flavor is a blend of taste and smell! Say: Well done, Champ! You have done good work today…and now it’s time to play, Hooray!!!

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