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Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

Celebrate Valentine's Day and learn all about raccoons with free printables, crafts, and snack recipes from Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses.

Valentine’s Day is not far away, and many of us homeschoolers are looking forward to some easy peasy lessons to go along with it.  If you’re expecting red and pink here, get over it. I think Valentine’s Day should be about All Kinds of love, so we’re going to look at Audrey Penn’s beautiful book, A Pocket Full of Kisses.  It’s blue.  And it’s about the best kind of love there is.

A Pocket Full of Kisses

Celebrate Valentines with your littles with crafts, recipes, and educational tools from Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

Language

This sweet book is all about remembering that your mama loves you even when she has other littles to love.  Some littles have trouble accepting siblings because they’re afraid it means their mama loves them less.  This English lesson is not just a practice in writing, but a way for your little to remember everything good about his or her siblings or, if your little is an only child, to imagine what would be wonderful about having a sibling.  The free download is a template for writing a letter to Chester telling him all the reasons it’s good to have a sibling.Explain to Chester why it's wonderful to have a sibling with this free printable from Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

This story lends itself well to a lesson on following plot line, too.  Here’s another free download for your little to write the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Practice plotline with this free beginning-middle-end printable from Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

Science

Raccoons are truly fascinating animals.  Here’s a free download that tells your littles all about them, complete with a labeling sheet, a crossword, a word search, and reading comp questions.

 

Learn all about raccoons with this free printable from Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

 

CHOCOLATE KISS HEAT ENERGY EXPERIMENT

This simple science experiment involving chocolate can help you teach your littles about heat transference--from Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

This is a very simple experiment to remind students that their bodies emit heat.  Plus, it’s messy, and kids Love That.  Also, it’s chocolate.  Win-win.

What you need:

Two chocolate kisses per student (or perhaps a few chocolate chips)

What you do:

  • Have each student unwrap their candies.
  • Tell them to hold one candy in a closed hand and one candy in an open hand.
  • Wait 5 minutes.
  • Have them open their closed hands and compare the two chocolates.
  • See if they can explain what happened.

What’s happening:

Heat always transfers from a warmer object to a cooler object.  The chocolate in the closed hand melted quicker because the transfer of energy from the body moved into the cooler object. This is called conduction. Heat energy causes change, and in this case the change was melted chocolate.

Crafts

RACCOON MASK

Make this cute Raccoon Mask Craft for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

You can make this project in one of several ways.  You could just print the template out on cardstock (though it Is Not perfect–I had a little trouble with my photoshop this morning.  Or perhaps not enough coffee?)  You can print it out and use it as a template, cutting your mask out of construction paper.  Or you can use it as a template to make a felt or foam sheet mask.  Totally up to you.

What you need:

Make this cute Raccoon Mask Craft for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

  • Cardstock (optional) or
  • 1 sheet each: Grey and black construction paper, foam, or felt (your choice)
  • Enough String to be able to tie the mask onto your child’s head
  • Lit Mama’s Raccoon Mask Template
  • Glue
  • Scissors

What you do:

Make this cute Raccoon Mask Craft for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

Easy Peasy.

  • If you’re using cardstock, simply cut out both pieces of the mask.  If using another material, trace the templates onto that material and cut them out.
  • Use a hole punch to punch out circles for the string.  Make sure to do this Before you glue on the eye mask.
  • Tie the string through the holes.  Again, do this part Before you glue on the eye mask.
  • Glue on the eye mask.
  • See how it hides the string?  You’re welcome.
Make this cute Raccoon Mask Craft for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

No, he would not smile.

HEART RACCOON

What better way to celebrate A Pocket Full of Kisses AND Valentine’s Day than a raccoon made entirely of hearts?

Make this adorable raccooon craft entirely out of hearts for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

What you need:

  • Construction paper in 2 different colors.  I chose brown and black, but you could also do pink and red, pink and white…. you get it.
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Lit Mama’s Heart Raccoon Template

What you do:

For instructional purposes, I’ll assume everyone thinks black and brown raccoons are cool.

Print out template

Make this adorable raccooon craft entirely out of hearts for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

  • From black construction paper, cut 4 large and 1 small heart
  • From brown construction paper, cut 1 extra large and 2 medium hearts

Make this adorable raccooon craft entirely out of hearts for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

  • Glue two large black hearts onto extra-large heart to make mask, pointed tips facing each other in the middle.

Make this adorable raccooon craft entirely out of hearts for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

  • Glue small black heart, point down, onto tip of extra-large brown heart.

Make this adorable raccooon craft entirely out of hearts for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

  • Glue two large black hearts upside down to humps of extra-large heart for ears.

Make this adorable raccooon craft entirely out of hearts for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

  • Glue the small brown hearts inside ears for inner ears.

Make this adorable raccooon craft entirely out of hearts for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

  • Glue on googly eyes.
  • Wow, that was easy and fun!

 

Food

CHOCOLATE KISS POWDER PUFF COOKIES

To continue our with our kiss precedence.

Make these delicious Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies for Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

What you need:

  • One sheet 9-inch pie crust, thawed (if you’re as ambitious as I am, just make a single crust for a pie.  It’s already thawed.  Plus, you can pronounce all the ingredients.)
  • About 15 chocolate kisses
  • About 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet; set aside.
  2. Place pie crust (or roll out your homemade one) on a lightly floured surface
  3. Use a pizza wheel to slice into approximately 16 sections, about 2-inch squares.  Try to make 4 rows of 4.  Some of your pieces may be too small,  so take crust from two smalls pieces and mash it together to make a piece big enough to contain a Kiss. It’s cool if some pieces are smaller than others, so long as the kisses fit.
  4. Place one chocolate kiss in the center of each piece of pie crust.
  5. Using your fingertips, seal the dough at the top to fully contain the kiss. Pat into a smooth circle with your hands and flatten slightly into a mound. Place mound on your baking sheet; repeat with remaining crust pieces and kisses.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 17 minutes, until crust is just set; these babies firm up as they cool. The tops will appear paler than the undersides; if the bottoms are more golden than the tops, don’t overbake or the undersides could burn. In fact, you should start watching puffs closely starting at about 13 minutes to be sure they don’t burn.
  7. Allow puffs to cool for about 15 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
  8. Dredge each puff  in confectioners’ sugar to coat. Serve immediately.

Did I mention they have chocolate in them?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not waiting any longer.  Time for cookies!

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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