Say : Now it’s kitchen time! Let’s go to the kitchen and look for some smelly-tasty spice ! 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 (London bridge is falling down) 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 spice we will find in our kitchen cabinet! Reach out and bring the glass jar of “Sumac”! Hold up the jar and say :” sumac”! Show it to the baby and say “ sumac! sumac!” Sumac is a deep red spice with a delicious fruity, lemon- like tanginess , used to add quick, fresh acidity to grilled meat and salads. It is an indispensible spice in the Arabic cuisine. Sumac is one of the main components in the spice mix ”Zaatar”, and is used as a topping on Fattoush salad. Hold up the jar and say: “deep red!” show it to the baby and say: “deep red ,deep red!” Sumac is deep red! ( While talking to the baby, keep passing his hands on the jar ,He will get attracted to the color, put it from one hand to another ,make it accessible and touchable for the baby ). Sumac powder is used mainly as a medicine, a culinary spice, or as a dye. Sumac has exceptionally high potential health benefits, including improved glycemic control, reduced cholesterol levels and better cardiovascular health! Among all spices, sumac comes out on top in terms of “antioxidant” capacity. “Antioxidants are beneficial molecules that neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules that promote aging and the development of many diseases! Sumac is considered powerful “Anti-inflammatory” agent, It can be applied externally to treat skin inflammation. It is also a natural diuretic, reduces fever and ease upset stomach! It has “Antimicrobial” activity and could be helpful in blood sugar control. Take a pinch of sumac 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 pinch of sumac next to his nose and say: smell it now ,Mmm! Sumac smells acidy ! Touch the baby’s face . Say : rough ! Put the baby in the seat . put a handful of sumac in a bowl . The baby will directly put his hand in the bowl in order to touch and mix them say : damp ! Guide him by playing and mixing the spice together.( the baby will get excited and start yelling while playing especially when he feels the sweaty texture of the spice, now he will try to put his hand in his mouth in order to taste, 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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