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( ring a ring of roses) ….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 are called “wild marjoram”! Reach out and bring some fresh oregano. Say look, “oregano, oregano, it’s oregano!” Oregano is a small shrub with multi- branched stems covered with small grayish-green oval leaves (While describing the herb point to every described part with your finger) oregano has a warm m balsamic and aromatic flavor and rich aroma! This herb has a vibrant green color. Green oregano! Look at the color. It’s green! The oregano is green! While we always think of PIZZA when we see oregano, this wonderful herb can add a warm, balsamic and aromatic flavor to many different dishes. {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! } Oregano is one of the “functional foods” for its nutritional ,antioxidant and disease preventing properties . It has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties which help to fight germs that lead to skin infections! This marvelous herb is an excellent source of minerals. Potassium that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper that work as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme. Iron helps prevent anemia. Magnesium and calcium that is important for bone metabolism! Oregano is good source of fiber. Fiber works to bind the bill salts and cancer –causing toxins in the colon and remove them from your body! Take a stem and touch the baby’s face with it. Say: Oregano feels. 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 an oregano stem in his hand and with your help approach the stem to his nose. Say: Smell it now, Mmm! Oregano smells aromatic! 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 cool” .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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