Activity Introduction

Sometimes we express our feelings with our body, not our words. It’s important to know how to read body language as well as we read words, so we can understand one another. Fortunately, humans are really good at this! But what if you had to teach aliens about human emotions? Have fun acting emotionally and taking photos to create an emotions cheat sheet for them.

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

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 – 7


  • get moving
  • make some noise

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: Drama, English, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Encourage your kids to really exaggerate their poses and expressions so the emotion is effectively communicated.

Many kids will not have the vocabulary to properly describe the photos. Help them by asking:

  • What shape does it remind you of?
  • What direction is it pointing?
  • Do we have a word for that expression?
  • Can you think of another word that also means what you said?

Lesson & Curriculum Details

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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. 

Thanks to the publisher, Dirt Lane Press, you can now receive free shipping (normally $12) by ordering the book directly through the Dirt Lane Press book shop by clicking here and entering the coupon code 8BQF7MD during the checkout process.

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


Student Worksheet

Making Faces - Activity Instructions

Step 1. Read the book, Where Happiness Hides. As you read each page, think about how the characters might be feeling.

Step 2. Have a look at this picture.

“Dinner was lovely mum!” said Tim.

Do you think this person is telling the truth about his mum’s cooking? Write a short paragraph explaining your answer. Talk about what Tim’s eyes are doing, what shape his mouth is and what actions he is doing. 

Step 3. We can often tell how someone is feeling based on their facial expression, and the way their body looks.

How do you think this person is feeling? Label the arrows with the clues that helped you decide.

Step 4. Make a really happy face. Now make a really sad face. Think about your expressions and how you hold your body when you’re happy, sad, angry, surprised, scared and disgusted. Practise your expressions and poses. 

Step 5. Imagine aliens have landed on the planet. They know nothing about human emotions, and take everything humans sa

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