Lesson 5: Herbs help us feel good, like Mint
This poem can be written on large chart paper and read aloud as an introduction to a cooking lesson which may involve herbs.
Basil, sweet basil
With you food tastes better.
You are green and bright
And make pasta a delight.
Mint, oh mint
Fresh green and cool.
You help my tummy feel great.
In my tea glass, or on my plate.
Fragrant are you.
In carrots, potatoes
Or in my beef stew.
After reading the poem, the teacher will hold up a mint plant, smell it and pass a snipping to the class. The teacher will ask, “What herb smells like this?” The student will discover that some herbs are good for our bodies. The teacher will discuss the healing properties of the herb mint: settling the stomach, anti-fungal properties, aid in treatment of allergies and asthma, fresh breath, nausea and headache relief.
Guided practice: The children will learn how to make a cup of mint tea using leaves and hot water.
The teacher will show how to pour hot water into a cup. The teacher will place a mint tea bag into her cup to steep. If this activity is done during small group time, the child will have an opportunity to taste the tea. With a group of 5 children (or less), the teacher can pour a small amount of cooled minted tea into the child’s small paper cup to allow a taste or even just a sniff.
Independent Practice: The student will name the herb which aids in healing of a stomach ache and then the student will play with peppermint play dough. Make sure to tell the children to smell the play dough and not eat it.
Minty Playdough (not edible)
Materials / Ingredients
2 cups flour
Water to achieve desired consistency, usually 1-2 cups
Food coloring (optional)
*If you look under Resources, I’ve included an edible Minty playdough recipe. The minty ingredient is pepermint oil rather than extract.