The Kissing Hand and Chester Raccoon First Day Activities


Activities, ideas, printables, and lesson plans for a unit on The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.

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The Kissing Hand Learning Centers 
81 pages with printable games, worksheets, and more for use with The Kissing Hand. PDF format.

The Kissing Hand Calendar Kit
Includes days, numbers, and months in English and Spanish.  PDF format.

The Kissing Hand Classroom Decor – Mini
Desk tags, name tags, alphabet word wall cards, and so much more.

Lesson Plans, Printables, and Resources @ A to Z:

The Kissing Hand Activity for the First Week of School (PS-K)
Activities for the book The Kissing Hand to send home in a backpack or shoebox.

The Kissing Hand Activities and Teaching Ideas
First week activities including full color photos.

Chester Goes to School Printable Book
A printable “Chester Goes to School” book.

Lesson Plans, Printables, and Resources from Other Sites

First Day of Kindergarten~The Kissing Hand Lesson
Students listen to story, create a handprint craft, and practice retelling the story.

The Kissing Hand
Activities for using The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn on the first day of school.

The Kissing Hand Unit
Ideas for shared reading and writing, songs and poems, making a hand necklace and raccoon puppet.  Includes photos.

The Kissing Hand Unit
First day activities, bulletin board idea, math activities, pocket chart activities, poems, and more!

The Kissing Hand Printables and Ideas
Lots of printables for The Kissing Hand or raccoons: magnet pages, BINGO marker pages, cut and paste, trace and color, literacy and math ideas, recipes, and more.

Raccoon Printables Activities Based on The Kissing Hand
A collection of colorful printable pages including math mats, calendar, clothespin counting, games, and more.

Printable Raccoon Heart Craft
Create a raccoon face out of hearts.

The Kissing Hand Game
Printable game. Children count the hearts and match the correct numbered pawprint to the raccoon/heart card.

The Kissing Hand Activities
Activities for math center, class books, songs & fingerplays, writing center, and large group.  This site is no longer online, but still accessible by archive.

The Kissing Hand Activity
This activity involves parents sending an outline of their hand for use with The Kissing Hand.

Related Resources 

Heart in Hand Metal Cookie Cutter
4 inch metal cookie cutter perfect for The Kissing Hand.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Hardcover edition of the book

Chester the Raccoon Stuffed Animal
9″ stuffed raccoon for The Kissing Hand

Raccoon Finger Puppet

The Kissing Hand BIG BOOK
Yes, you can now have this beloved book in the oversized big book edition!  It is available at this link directly through the publisher.  The beautiful illustrations really pop off the pages. It’s also a HARDCOVER so it will last for years.

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