Say : Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly-tasty fruit ! 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 (Lou,Lou,skip to my Lou) 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 let’s see what kind of fruit we will find in the fruit bowl on the counter top! Reach out and bring a cluster of grapes ! Hold up the fruit and say :” grapes”! Show it to the baby and say “ grapes! grapes!” . The combination of unique texture and sweet, tart flavor made grapes an ever popular between meal snack. Grapes are small round or oval berries that feature semi-translucent flesh encased by a smooth skin. Some contain edible seeds while others are seedless !( 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 ).Grapes grow in clusters and depending on the variety, their skin can be green, yellow, red or purple! Hold up the cluster and say:”purple!” show it to the baby and say:”purple! purple! “Grapes are purple!”Grapes used to be valued for their healing properties as a food. They are rich in fruit sugar, etheric oils, calcium and tonic acid. Grapes are a source of “Vitamins K and C”. “Vitamin K” is important for strong bones and blood clotting. “Vitamin C” helps with immune function and repairing tissues. “Thiamine” and “Vitamin B-6” are “B Vitamins”, which help turn the food you eat into energy and keep your hair and skin healthy. Grapes and grape juice contain antioxidants called ”Polyphenols” That can help lower the risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood clots and heart disease. Grapes are successfully employed in the cure liver, kidney and gastric disorders. Take the” cluster of grapes “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 cluster next to his nose and say: smell it now ,Mmm! Grapes are delicious!! Touch the baby’s face . Say : slippery ! Put the baby in the seat. Take some grapes , cut them into halves, pick up the seeds and put them away then put them in a bowl . The baby will put his hand in the bowl and start touch and mix them, say : cool and fleshy ! Guide him by playing and mixing the pieces together.( the baby will get excited and interested while playing especially when he feels the texture of the grapes, he may smash these soft pieces, the baby will try to put a smashed small piece in his mouth in order to taste it, so you have to keep an eye on him!) Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested . Provide the rest time .
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