Emma made this darling little box with things she found around the house after reading The Kiss Box at school. I was intrigued, so we borrowed the book from the library. It’s an absolutely charming new book (published in December 2011) about a little bear who exchanges kiss-filled boxes with his mother so that they won’t miss one another so much while they are apart. The illustrations are adorable, and I love this idea. if you’re looking for a book to help little ones cope with separation anxiety, this is definitely a story to read! I think this would be a lovely back to school craft.
The Kiss Box Back to School Craft for Kids
Emma filled her box with kisses, and now she has them with her always. I love that she came up with this craft all on her own – and executed it without any help from me!
Here is what she used:
- Paper mache box
- Construction paper
- Tape (glue could work, also, but tape is easier for a kindergartner to manipulate much of the time)
- Fiskars kids scissors
She taped paper to decorate the bottom of the box, and then cut hearts out of the same construction paper to go inside. You could paint the box instead (we love Crayola washable paints, because they come out of everything).
Close the lid of the box, and you have a collection of hearts for comfort, whenever you miss your parents!
If you haven’t read The Kiss Box, I highly recommend finding a copy. Most libraries should have it in stock. It is the perfect read for children who are struggling with separation anxiety.