Bake a batch of back-to-school cookies based on the theme of The Kissing Hand.
As a Kindergarten teacher, one of my favorite books for the first day of school is The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. It’s a sweet story about Chester, a nervous raccoon, who is very worried about his first night at school. I read this book to each of my own children before their first day of school to remind them that even though I’m not there, I will always love them.
We make sugar cookies at our house for just about every occasion, and back-to-school is no exception. Baking Chester’s hands-and-hearts cookies together before the big day is a fun way to make memories and a tasty treat for a first day of school lunch. In the story, Chester’s mom kisses the center of his hand, rolls it up, and tells him that her love will be with him all day. These cookies are shaped like hands with a cute little jam heart in the center.