Kitchen time

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 (Hush little baby don’t say a word) while walking with him….say: here we are. This is our kitchen where we will try to find one fruit and one vegetable and talk about them. Take a cluster of grapes from the fruit bowl on the counter top. Open the fridge and get an eggplant and grapes! Hold up the fruit and say :” grapes”! Show it to the baby and say “ grapes!” . The combination of unique texture and sweet, tart flavor made grapes an ever popular between meal snacks. Grapes are small round or oval berries that feature semi-translucent flesh encased by a smooth skin!(While talking to the baby, keep passing his hands on the fruit). Grapes used to be valued for their healing properties as a food. They are rich in fruit sugar, calcium and tonic acid. Their health benefits are: digestive aid, improving vision, kidney stone treatment and anti-age benefits. Now.. Hold up the eggplant and say: Meanwhile, ”Eggplant or aubergine has a deep purple, glossy skin encasing cream colored, sponge-like flesh dotted with small edible seeds. Eggplant is very low in calories but loaded with ”Vitamins” and “Minerals”. Eggplant contains other compounds that promote good health, fight infections and help in weight loss. Both, grapes and eggplant are low in calories and cholesterol. They are rich in fiber, essential vitamins and minerals. And both provide your body with healthy cholesterol and prevent many kinds of cancer. 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 smell delicious!! Touch the baby’s face . Say : slippery ! Now, Approach the eggplant next to his nose and say: smell the eggplant now, hey!! Eggplant is odorless! Touch the baby’s face. Say: waxy! Cut the grapes into halves, pick up the seeds and put them away then put the grapes in a bowl, and cut the eggplant in cubes and put them in another bowl. Put the first bowl in front of the baby in order to 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 and try to put a smashed small piece in his mouth in order to taste it, so you have to keep an eye on him!) Take the first bowl away and replace it with the bowl of eggplant and repeat the same procedures, say: eggplant is spongy! Let him do it by himself until he gets tired or not interested . Provide the rest time .

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