Activity Introduction

“Happiness hides in little things. Warm soup full to the brim.”

We are very lucky to live well, compared to the struggles of kids in other countries. We have clean water, plenty of food, a comfortable house and luxuries like the internet. Think of some things in your life that make you happy, and write a letter to your parent/caregiver letting them know they’re appreciated.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10-12

Themes:

  • think and connect

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Humanities, Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

This task is a great opportunity to talk with kids about gratefulness and social conscience. Encourage them to consider the world outside of themselves, and ways they might help those in times of disadvantage compared to their own situation. Encourage them to be empathetic and consider their impact on the world.

Watch the news with kids and encourage them to think critically about what is being presented. What are their views on the rest of the world? They might be misinformed or lacking knowledge in certain areas, which is colouring their opinions.

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

Happiness Is A Warm Bowl Of Soup - Activity Instructions

“Happiness hides in little things. Warm soup full to the brim.”

We are very lucky to live well, compared to the struggles of kids in other countries. We have clean water, plenty of food, a comfortable house and luxuries like the internet. Think of some things in your life that make you happy, and write a letter to your parent/caregiver letting them know they’re appreciated.

Step 1. Read Where Happiness Hides.

Step 2. The kids in this book found small, normal, everyday activities and events in their lives that made them happy. Just drinking a warm bowl of soup on a cold day can put a smile on your face.

You may not have stopped to think about it, but there are probably lots of things in your life that you take for granted, but would miss if they ever disappeared. How good is it having your parent/caregiver cook you a warm meal at night, or taking you to the park when you were younger? 

Write a quick list of all the things th

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