The Kissing Hand Pop-Up Card

If you are a fan of The Kissing Hand, you’ll love these hand-shaped, pop-up cards! This back-to-school craft is perfect for making together with kids and would be sweet little notes to put in your child’s lunch box too!

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Make a "Kissing Hand" pop-up card with your child for the first day of school! ~ Buggy and Buddy

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The Kissing Hand

We’re kicking off our latest round of children’s books and activities with The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  This is the perfect story to read at the beginning of the new school year! In this story Chester the Raccoon is nervous to go to school so his mom shares a special secret with him called the kissing hand. The kissing hand always reminds Chester of his mom’s love! 

The Kissing Hand Craft for Kids


With Lucy entering first grade and Theo starting preschool this year, I thought it’d be fun for us to all make “kissing hand” pop-up cards for each other. I plan on saving all the cards and sticking them in both kids’ lunch boxes as a special surprise on the first day of school!


The Kissing Hand Pop-Up Card Activity for Kids

Materials for the Pop-Up Card

Directions for the Pop-Up Card

1. Fold a sheet of construction paper in half.


2. Place your hand on the folded paper and trace it with a pencil. Be sure the bottom of your hand is along the fold.


trace your hand on the folded paper


(I had to trace Theo’s hand, but Lucy did hers on her own.)


trace your hand


3. Cut out your hand shape, being sure not to cut the folded side.


cut out the hand shape


4. Open your hand card and write your message on the top half.


write your message


5. Now it’s time to decorate your card! Start by making the pop-up heart. To do this, cut a small strip of construction paper and accordion fold it.


accordion fold paper strip


6. Glue a heart to one folded side of your strip of paper.


glue heart onto accordion folded strip of paper


(We used a heart punch to make our hearts, but you can also cut them out by hand.)

punched out hearts


7. Glue the other folded side of your strip of paper to the bottom half of your open card. (We used glue dots so we wouldn’t have to wait for the glue to dry.)


glue the pop-up heart onto your kissing hand card


8. Add some more hearts to decorate if you’d like!


decorate your pop-up card with more hearts


I know the kids will be so excited to open their lunches on the first day of school and find notes from each other and from me reminding them of how, even when we’re apart, our love is still with each other- just like in The Kissing Hand!


The Kissing Hand Pop-Up Card


More The Kissing Hand Activities

Be sure to check out all the creative The Kissing Hand activities created by the other members of The Preschool Book Club Series!

Children's Activities for The Kissing Hand

DIY Salt Dough Charm from Sugar Aunts

The Kissing Hand Book Craft & Activity from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Felt Love Hearts from Homegrown Friends

Temporary Heart Tattoo from Meri Cherry


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  1. Admittedly the idea of putting these in my kids’ lunch boxes makes me happy and a little teary at the same time. Love this idea Chelsey! Pinning!


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