Activity Introduction

“Grass and wild flowers as far as you can see.”

From the moment we wake in the morning to the moment we close our eyes at night, our eyes see so much. From smooth, pleasing tones to jarring contrasts, so much of how we feel is learned through sight. A feeling of calm happiness can come from seeing rolling plains, from mountains, an ocean that stretches into the distance. Let’s look at things up close, isolating images. 

Some kids will need help with this activity.

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 5

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • playtime 
  • chill time 
  • be creative 
  • think and connect 

Time required: 15 minutes

Curriculum connections: Science

Tips for Parents and Carers

Other materials could be used in place of a toilet paper roll; some looking glass object that helps to see scenery piece by piece.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

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Resources Required

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

About the book.

Where Happiness Hides, a picture book by Anthony Bertini, with illustrations by Jennifer Goldsmith. This is a story that shows there is a silver lining in every dark cloud. Anthony Bertini himself explains the project beautifully:

“This book will offer hope. It will be free to everyone in the world to read and enjoy as many times as they want. Yes, it is a children’s picture-book, and the story reflects what we tell our children every day: happiness can be found in simple things. But it is more than that. It is something we tell ourselves in times of hardship and worry. It is a story that helps all of us remember what is important.

“Right now, COVID-19 is forcing us to look for joy and happiness in the least obvious places. We know in our hearts that it is found in the small things. It is always there, hidden in plain sight.”

Where Happiness Hides offers us, through simple and succinct storytelling, a reminder of how these moments of happiness can be found. 

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Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

As Far As I Can See - Activity Instructions

“Grass and wild flowers as far as you can see.”

From the moment we wake in the morning to the moment we close our eyes at night, our eyes see so much. From smooth, pleasing tones to jarring contrasts, so much of how we feel is ascertained through sight. A feeling of calm happiness can come from seeing rolling plains, from mountains, an ocean that stretches into the distance. Let’s look at these things up close, isolating images.

Listen to the recording or read the script:

To see as far as the eye can see - wonderful. Rolling plains, layers of mountains, endless sky, tall grass for miles around, blocks of buildings across the skyline. Nothing calms, eases the mind more than our sight of the background moving towards us. 

How can we continue this with only four walls around us? Our sight stops short and cannot see further. 

But quick, let’s grab your toilet paper roll and begin. 

Sit in your favourite chair, on your bed, in the bath, som

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