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Back to school is almost here for us. Even though my girls know the drill, it still is quite an emotional day for all of us here.
See it was almost 4 years ago that my oldest started Kindergarten. Back then, she was most definitely excited, but a little nervous, too. So, was I though in all honesty.
I still recall taking my girl to the library to take out books about what to expect starting kindergarten and full-time school for the first time.
We read quite a few books together in all honesty on this topic back then. But our favorite was The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn and Ruth E. Harper.
If you haven’t read this book and are sending your little one off to school for the first time, I highly recommend it.
Because the story of Chester Raccoon and his mom, Mrs. Chester is the perfect read for kids and parents who will entering school for the first time. The book’s concept is quite simple with Chester’s mother kissing his little hand only to send him off to school with the knowledge that her kiss lives on all during school there. See all he has to do is press his hand with this kiss to his cheek, if he misses his mom to feels the kiss’ warmth still right there.
The concept fascinated my older daughter at that new, exciting and challenging time in her life.
So wouldn’t you know it, but my younger daughter also took to this book the following year for kindergarten, as well.
Both girls are now well ensconced in elementary school with my oldest going into 3rd grade and my younger daughter heading into 2nd grade. They even read chapter books all by themselves now.
Yet they both still asked if we could read The Kissing Hand together the night before school starts.
So of course I will be doing this with them.
But, I also decided after a recent grocery store trip to my local Stop and Shop to buy supplies to make a special PB&J sandwich to celebrate that first day of back to school for them.
Using Jif® Peanut Butter, which is not only so creamy, but also has fresh-roasted peanut taste, too. Plus, I couldn’t resist adding Smucker’s Grape Jelly, which is made from high-quality fruit juice that will make their PB&J sandwiches that much more fruitfully delicious.
And of course no back to school meal would be complete without a tasty juice pouches. Our favorites are Mott’s®. See this mom loves Mott’s, because they are 100% Juice. And my kids love Mott’s, because they are 100% Yum. See Mott’s juices not only taste good, but are good for my kids, too. A win-win for us! Now, Mott’s are available in a NEW 6.75 oz. juice pouch just perfect for all those back to school lunches.
So what is the special Back to School Treat that I’ll be making now?
Peanut Butter and Jelly Kissing Hand Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches!
See the recipe below now…
Peanut Butter and Jelly Kissing Hand Sandwich Recipe
• 2 Slices of White Bread
• Jif Peanut Butter
• Smucker’s Jelly
• Heart in Hand Cookie Cookie Cutter
1. First, on one slice of bread put peanut butter and jelly on the other slice.
2. Next, put the two slices together..
3. Then, use the cookie cutter to cut out hands and heart.
4. Fourth, make sure to keep the heart shaped cutouts, as well.
5. Last, send this to school with extra love for your kid to have the perfect back to school lunch.
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Have you read The Kissing Hand?
How do you celebrate Back to School with your kids?
Now, tell me in the comments….