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The Kissing Hand handprint craft

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The Kissing hand is a beloved back to school book so I decided to create a craft to go along. The Kissing Hand handprint craft is perfect for preschool, kindergarten and older elementary kids to make on the first day of school.

The Kissing Hand handprint craft

It’s a great story to read to all kids but it will help especially those who experience separation anxiety, caused by the beginning of the school year. New environment, new teacher, new classmates, being away from their family – all these may cause great anxiety in young kids.

The Kissing Hand craft for kids for back to school

So let’s pair The Kissing Hand book with a fun craft. And if you’re looking for more back to school ideas, make sure to check out this All about me spinner or the popular shape school bus card.

We love handprint crafts and have a pretty big collection. You will find seasonal and holiday ideas.

The Kissing Hand handprint craft

The Kissing Hand back to school craft


The Kissing Hand craft for back to school

HOW TO MAKE The Kissing Hand CRAFT

The Kissing Hand template comes with two versions:

1. home template – cut out the patterns and trace them on corresponding colored paper.

2. classroom template – print the pattern directly on colored paper and cut them out.

This way you can easily craft with just one or two kids as well as with a classroom full of students.


Start by gluing the ears at the top of the head.


Glue the eye patch onto the head.

eye patch

Glue the eyes onto the eye patch.


Add the two stripes onto the tail.


Glue the tail and body together.

body and tail

Glue the body at the bottom of an orange cardstock paper.


Add the head on top of the body.

head and body on background

Add the student’s handprint onto the body.


Glue the heart in the middle of the handprint.


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