The Kissing Hand: Story problems Applied

The Kissing Hand by Ruth E Harper

This children’s book is about a young raccoon who is afraid to leave his mother while he goes to school. His mother assures him he will be ok and asks him to hold out his hand. She gives him a kiss on his palm and tells him to close it tight. “whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, ‘Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you.'”

Below are four word problems based off of the story The Kissing Hand. Through addition and subtraction, students calculate the number of kisses on Chester’s hand, the number of berries picked on the way to school and the hours he has left at school.


  • Chester’s mom gave him twenty-five kisses this morning. He used fifteen kisses this afternoon. How many kisses are left?
  • Chester has been at school for 3 hours. If school lats for 7 hours, how many hours of school does Chester have left?


  • Chester has 3 kisses on his right hand and 5 kisses on his left hand. How many kisses are on Chester’s hands altogether?

    Chester picked 12 berries on his way to school this morning. Squirrel picked 8 more berries than Chester. How many berries does Squirrel have?


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