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! Hold the baby gently under his arms and tenderly swing/walk/carry him to the kitchen. Make the walk fun .Sing (The alphabet song…a,b,c,d,e,f,g,)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 pulpy vegetable! Reach out and bring a red tomato! Hold up the tomato and say :” tomato”! Show it to the baby and say “tomato, tomato”. Tomato, is a pulpy and savory nutritious food that has usually a bright red color and eaten as vegetable. This tomato is red. Look at the color, red, red! Tomato is red. (While talking to the baby, keep passing his hands on the fruit ,put it from one hand to another ,make it accessible and touchable for the baby ).There’s no doubt that a tomato is a nutrient-dense, super food that most people should be eating more of. Tomato is considered as a “functional food” , a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition , additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to “phyto-chemicals” such as “Lycopene” that is an antioxidant which gives tomatoes their rich red color . “Alpha-lipoic acid” helps the body to convert glucose into energy. . Folic acid, and beta carotene .Tomato contains “Vitamin A”, which is important for the health of your eyes and skin. “Vitamin C”, which is important for healthy functioning of your immune system, as well as being an antioxidant . It also contains “Vitamin K” which is important for maintaining bone health. In addition, Tomatoes are rich in “Potassium”,a mineral most of us don’t get enough of . As you see tomato is an important food that helps your body grow properly .Take the tomato 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 tomato next to his nose and say, smell it now, Mmm! Tomato smells fresh! Touch the baby’s face. Say: It’s silky! Put the baby in the seat. Cut the tomato into slices and put them in a bowl. Take the baby’s hand in your hand and help him touch and mix them say : juicy ! juicy ! Guide him by playing and mixing the slices together.( the baby will take a slice in his hand and approach it to his mouth ,he may start sucking it ) Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested . Provide the rest time.

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