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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

           

        

Super Powered Picture Books - Super Powered Animals and Friends

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Welcome back to our look at picture books that feature all things Super Powers. Last month I highlighted some of our picture books that feature Super Powered Kids – from capes and flying to super strength and unique powers, from super sisters and super brothers to superhero schools to refine your powers and team up with friends – we covered all things kid power! This month I will highlight picture books that feature Super Powered Animals and fun Super Powered Friends. Some great reads are: Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner, Super Guinea Pig To the Rescue by Udo Weigelt, Elecopter by Michael Slack, Timothy and the Strong Pajamas by Viviane Schwarz, Supertruck by Stephen Savage, Gingerbread Man Superhero! by Dotti Enderle, Super Duck by Jez Alborough, Superfab Saves the Day by Jean Leroy, and Zero the Hero by Joan Holub.

For a fun peak at Elecopter check out these great images of our brave elephant in action as she flies, though the air, removes loose teeth, and whisks a rhinoceros to safety:

Book Cover for Elecopter  Elecopter image       Pages from Elecopter     Elecopter and giraffe       

For a list of these and other great superhero books see our Super Powered Picture Books list in our catalog.

And don’t forget to check back in July when we will wrap things up with none other than Super Powered Parents!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

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. 

Get Ready To Read! Building Narrative Skills

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Mother and baby readingToday’s children are expected to have strong pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. How can parents ensure that they are providing the right experiences for their children to develop these skills? Many parents don’t realize that literacy education actually begins in infancy. 

The good news is that helping your child attain such skills is much easier than you may think. Almost ANY activity that you do with your child is helping them develop literacy skills. It can be as simple as talking and singing to your child, reading to them, or even describing to them what they are feeling, hearing, tasting, touching, seeing and doing.

One simple activity to start with is looking at pictures.  Look at family photos, or pictures from books and magazines and talk about what you see. Better yet, check out some of the UAPL’s wordless picture books. Snuggle up in your favorite comfy chair, look at the pictures and make up your own stories! This activity helps your child develop narrative skills.  We have many wordless books, but some of our favorites are:

 

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