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 (The wheels on the bus go round and round ) 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 soft, sweet taste herb! Reach out and bring some dill stems. Hold up the stem, dill. Show it to the baby and say “dill, dill!” It’s dill! Dill is one of the prettiest herbs we know! Its stems are fairly tough but the leaves are tender and flavorful! (Point to the parts of the plant during explanation. Notice that the baby follows your finger’s movements). Dill is a unique plant in that both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning! Dill is green, green. Look at the color, green, green! Dill is green! This herb has been used as a digestive aid and gas remedy. It is good for kidneys, lowers blood pressure, and increases circulation. The Calcium content of dill is an important element in protecting you from bone loss .Calcium along with other essential minerals are a key component in the proper growth and development of bones. It is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin”A” that is essential for good vision. Vitamin “c” that helps your body develop resistance against infectious agents. It is also a good source of fiber and minerals. In another word Dill is good for your bones, kidneys, and eyes. Take some dill stems 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 the stems next to his nose and say, smell it now, Mmm! Dill smells like licorice ! Touch the baby’s face. Say: It’s feathery and soft! Put the baby in the seat. Put some dill stems in a bowl . Take the baby’s hand in your hand and help him touch and mix them say: feathery.. Feathery! Dill is 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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