Activity Introduction

“Sometimes ice-cream melts.

Still, happiness is found in little things.

Storms pass.

Puddles beckon”

Safety advice: Make sure to clear your space before you begin dancing. Check for slippery floors or rugs,  socks, shoes or sharp edges which could make you hurt yourself.

This activity is a great one to do together as a family.

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 – 8

Themes:

  • make some noise 

Time required: 20 minutes 

Curriculum connections: The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Personal and Social Capability

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

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

Make Your Own Happiness - Activity Instructions

“Sometimes ice-cream melts.

Still, happiness is found in little things.

Storms pass.

Puddles beckon”

Safety advice: Make sure to clear your space before you begin dancing. Check for slippery floors or rugs,  socks, shoes or sharp edges which could make you hurt yourself.

Step 1. Read Where Happiness Hides.

Step 2. In this story, along with things that make them happy, the kids list some things that make them sad sometimes. But they know that even something sad like a rainstorm can leave something good behind, like puddles to splash in. 

Make a list of some ways you can change your mood and make yourself happy when you’re feeling down.

Step 3. One of the best ways to change your mood is to get moving.

Grab your favourite CD or look through YouTube for a happy, bouncy song that really gets you moving.

Step 4. Once you’ve chosen your song, listen to it while thinking of some dance moves.

I Like To Move It is good for some inspira

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