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New Early Learning Center at Tremont!

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If you haven't been to Tremont in a while you may want to swing by!

The Friends of the UAPL have generously donated funds to bring you a much improved Early Learning Center at Tremont in the Youth department.

You and your little ones will find more adult seating, a padded baby/toddler corner with an interactive activity center for crawlers, large soft blocks for constructive play, a 4X6 magnetic board with magnetic pieces to explore shapes and colors, and a 4X6 felt board for creating stories! Earlier in the year we added safer and more size-appropriate seating and tables for your little ones. Enjoy!

Tremont Early Learning Center play corner Tremont Early Lerning Center play corner and chairs Tremont Early Learning Center tables Tremont Early Learning Center chairs and kids tables Tremont Early Learning Center activity wall

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

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It’s that time of year again!  Can you believe that it is already time to Trick or Treat?  It may be hard to believe with this heat wave, but Trick or Treat is on Thursday!!  If you don’t have your costume yet, don’t worry–there is still time.  

A great go-to is the classic ghost.  Just find an old sheet with holes in it for eyes.

Or, just wear all black and tie a shirt around your head like in the picture below with a scarf around your waist.  Ta-da! You’re a ninja.

If you really want to be comfy, you can wear your pajamas and a fluffy pair of slippers.  All you need to do is grab a TV remote and you are a couch potato.  (Just make sure you ask an adult for an extra remote, otherwise it will be hard to watch cartoons the next morning in case it gets dropped while out Trick or Treating!)

If none of those ideas work, below are some books that have good, quick costume ideas!

**Remember, if all else fails, you can always wear your regular clothes and when someone asks you what your costume is, you can reply, “I’m dressed as a muggle, from Harry Potter!”

Do-It-Yourself Sensory Bottles

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Create some fun, engaging sensory bottles for your baby or toddler. These are easy to make and let your child explore how different objects move and sound inside the bottles. Your baby or toddler can roll them, bang them, and watch the objects move around. Adding water or corn syrup to some of the bottles will create a different effect.

Below are pictures of the ones that I made. You can use a variety of different materials – just look around your home to see what you have! Just be sure to hot glue the caps on so the materials stay safely inside.

Materials:

  • Empty Water Bottles
  • A variety of materials for the bottles: brightly colored puff balls, rice, beans, popcorn, glitter and water, aluminum foil pieces, buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Water or corn syrup

             

         

Great Picture Books Reads for Winter

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There are so many books that capture the essence of winter and all it brings with it. Here are a few fun picks that celebrate the magic of winter, the warmth of sharing, the wonders of the world, and the gift of giving. (Click on the book cover for more information. Links open in a new window)

Enjoy! And Happy Winter Reading!

Book Cover for Diamond in the Snow by Emmett   Book Cover for Winter Waits by Plourde   Book Cover for Stella Queen of the Snow by Gay   Book Cover for Little Cub by Dunrea   Book Cover for Visitor for Bear by Becker  Book cover for Hush Little Polar Bear by Mack    Book Cover for Moon Dreams by Martin      Book Cover for The Boy and the Moon by Carroll      Book Cover for The Gift of Nothing by McDonnell      Book Cover for Extra Yarn by Barnett    Book Cover for A World of Food by Warner       Book Cover for Just Right for Christmas by Black     Book Cover forIs It Christmas Yet? by Chapman     

Families and Food

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When November rolls around, I start thinking about family gatherings, food and good memories. Below are three picture books that explore the themes of family,food and fun. Do you have a favorite picture book about families and food?

Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise

Three little bears set off to Grandma's to help her bake treats for gifts.  This rhyming story has sweet pictures and a recipe for Chocolate Cake.

 

 

All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin

A cat family bakes and eats a delicious pie.  The crumbs they leave feed, in turn, a family of mice and a family of ants.  A nice look at how even a little can go a long way.

 

 

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

The setting for this story is the summer season, but the loving gathering will ring true all year. 

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