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CP#2 recently began Kindergarten. He’s a young five, so MP had some concerns about sending him to school all day. While CP#2 is tired when he arrives home, he has adjusted remarkably well the past two weeks. MP is so proud!

When he came home with this sweet puzzle on the first day of school, MP loved the idea.

All you need is a 5.5″ x 8″ plain puzzle, which you can find here, washable paint, and a paintbrush. To make this craft:

• Spread some paint on a paper plate using a paintbrush. Try to use just enough paint to cover your child’s hand

• Place your child’s hand in the paint, palm facing down and fingers spread wide

• Carefully place her painted palm on the puzzle

• Gently press your child’s palm down and lift it up slowly

• Go directly to the sink to wash off the paint

CP#2 let his handprint dry, and then added a little heart at the center using a paintbrush. The inspiration for the heart—and the handprint—comes from the book, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. In the book, a little raccoon named Chester is going to school for the first time. He doesn’t want to leave his mom, so she kisses Chester’s palm, and tells him:

“Now, whenever you feel lonely, and you need a little loving from home, just press your hand against your cheek and think, ‘Mommy loves you, Mommy loves you,’ and that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts.”

Illustration from The Kissing Hand. Art by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

MP plans to frame CP#2’s creation. The puzzle is a wonderful reminder that we’re always connected, no matter where our days take us.

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Alana Chernila, mother of two and author of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making, visited Longfellow Books in Portland for a reading not long ago. Alana’s gorgeous cookbook is chock full of simple recipes for breads, cheeses, snacks, pasta, and more delicious everyday dishes.


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CP#1 is a big fan of her Grandma Cookie. They both have an affinity for the beach, sparkly sunglasses and mismatched socks. Simply put, they are two peas in a pod.

Illustration courtesy of Jamie Hogan

Grandma Cookie has been traveling across country for a month, and CP#1 misses her more each day. To help, we’ve been reading Seven Days of Daisy by Peaks Island author and illustrator Jamie Hogan. The story is about a preschool girl named Daisy, who is anticipating her grandmother’s summer visit. (more…)

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After reading Gail Gibbons’ Knights in Shining Armor about 30 times, CP# 2 is suddenly smitten with these brave warriors from the Middle Ages. So you can imagine MP’s delight when she found this wooden sword and shield set from Bella Luna Toys in in South Thomaston.

Photo courtesy of Bella Luna Toys

If you’re not familiar with Bella Luna, this lovely online shop offers toys designed for imaginative play. You can also find many fun items made right here in Maine. MP especially likes this handy, felt crayon holder from Belfast’s Mosey Handmade and this heirloom-quality Maine Dory Rocking Boat.

Owner Sarah Baldwin, who is also an experienced Waldorf school teacher, selects all of Bella Luna’s toys with a discerning eye. In an interview with Portland-based blogger and author Amanda Blake Soule last December, Sarah says, “I’ve steadily been adding new products–choosing only items that I believe have quality and real play value for children.”

Mom Potato admires Sarah’s passion for finding toys that last. And she knows a valiant young knight who will appreciate Sarah’s efforts, too.

Bella Luna Toys
139 Buttermilk Lane
South Thomaston


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