The Kissing Hand: No Prep Freebie!

July 21, 2016 5 Comments

Now that my new air conditioner is installed and up and running (YES- I lost air at the start of the summer! EEK!), and I’ve gotten my fair share of good reads in at the pool (was I the last one to read Me Before You?) I’ve got another bundle that I’m really excited for!

One of my FAVORITE read alouds for the little ones is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn! It is the sweetest story about little Chester Raccoon and his first day of school. His Momma kisses his hand and tells him her kiss is always with him! I’m not even a mom yet, and it makes my heart melt!

Since I read it EVERY year, I figured it’s about time I began to add some new activities to go along with the beloved read aloud. And now, the best news of all, it’s NO PREP and.. drumroll please.. FREE!

The pack includes these First Day of School Certificates- they look fantastic printed on neon paper!

This sweet poem can go with any handprint art you may make!

You can find my craftivity that goes with it here!

Color by numbers are some of my favorite things to do in the first week of school. It’s fairly straightforward, fairly independent, and coloring is a great way to ease nerves for the little bubba staring up at you! Plus- instant fridge art for home!

From my own experience, children tend to be fascinated by the fact that Chester Raccoon goes to school at night. I figured this year I would go into nocturnal animals just a bit to help them understand better and give them great knowledge to share at home! Plus- another coloring page for independence and calming butterflies in the stomach!

You can download the whole freebie here!

If you’re riding The Kissing Hand train like I am, take a peek at my other Kissing Hand products! 

(I’ll be blogging about them throughout the week!)

Keep your head in the clouds!

(and your toes in the sand! Summer is flying by!!)



Ms. Dianne Bacsik

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  • mikey August 11, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Those were so cute,thanks so much for the freebie :)

  • Unknown August 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks for the Freebie, I love Chester start our the first of evrey year with him.

  • Unknown November 14, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Unknown July 19, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for sharing. I am loving the activity.

  • Alice P. August 12, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    You are brave to to do black paint hand prints on the first day of school! :)

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