Kids + Teens

Countdown to Kindergarten!

Planet Kindergarten imagines the first day of school as an intergalactic adventure!


In honor of the book’s publication, we put together some fun DIY projects that you can use to make your little astronaut’s journey to Kindergarten a blast. Keep reading to  learn how to turn an ordinary juice box into “rocket fuel,” upgrade a snack bar to “space food,” send an important message (of love!) from “Home Base,” and even go through a helpful First Day of School Mission Countdown together!

Here’s the full kit, assembled and ready for the astronaut’s journey!

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“Rocket Fuel” Juice Box Wrap

Click here for the template.



“Space Food” Snack Bar Wrap

Click here for the template.



“Message from Home Base” Lunchbox Note

Click here for the template.



First Day of School Mission Checklist

Countdown to Kindergarten with this mission-ready checklist!

Click here for the template.



If you’ve got a little explorer headed to new frontiers this fall, check out Planet Kindergarten and keep reading to see what others are saying about the book.


“A genius way to ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review


“Kindergarten isn’t just a grade—it’s a destination.”

Publishers Weekly


“Will help readers understand that kindergarten really is out of this world.”

School Library Journal


“Will give anxious children a creative way of looking at their new experiences, as explorers of a new frontier.”

Shelf Awareness

Lara Starr

Lara Starr is Chronicle’s Senior Publicist for Children’s books, and the author of Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones and other Galactic Goodies, Ice Sabers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Cookbook and Cookie Cutters Kit, and Chef Olivia™. Tell her you like her sweater and she’ll tell you exactly what she paid for it.
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