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 (Five little monkeys jumping on the bed) while walking with him….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 to find a crunchy bulb! Reach out and bring a fennel bulb with its leaves. Hold up the bulb, fennel. Show it to the baby and say “fennel! Fennel! It’s fennel!” This bulb is white from which closely overlapping stalks are arranged (point to the parts of the plant during explanation. Notice that the baby follows your finger’s movements). These stalks are topped with feathery green leaves. . Look at the colors, the bulb is white and the leaves are green! White, white. Fennel bulb is white, white! It’s white! This fresh bulb gives sweet anis-like flavor that comes from high concentration of aromatic oils Anethol , and Estragole in fennel . Anethole has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The dietary fiber in fennel limits cholesterol build-up, absorbs water in the digestive system, and preventing colon-cancer. Vitamin “C” is the most active vitamin in fennel; It has the strength to fight inflammation which could lead to arthritis. This herb carries other prominent vitamins and minerals, include potassium that fights blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke and heart attack. Copper is required in the production of blood cells. Zinc that works as co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development. As you see fennel strengthen your body and helps your muscles grow and develop. Take some fennel leaves in your hand and touch the baby’s nose 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. Approach fennel leaves next to his nose and say , smell it now ,Mmm! fennel smells sweet and fragrant! Touch the baby’s face. Say: It’s feathery and delicate. Put the baby in the seat. put some leaves in a bowl . Take the baby’s hand in your hand and help him touch and mix them say: feathery.. Feathery! Fennel leaves are feathery! (You will realize that he giggles while touching and playing with these leaves because they tickle the baby’s silky fingers!!) Guide him by playing and mixing these leaves together. Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested. Provide the rest time.
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