Activity Introduction

“Crabs running over rocks.

The first bite.

Secret tunnels.” 

Tunnels lead to wondrous places, maybe caves, mountains or beaches. To clearer skies and rainbows. Humans make them to shorten the path around the mountain, for trains, for cars and bicycles too. Animals also make them, for shelter or to store their food, to make themselves at home deep inside. 

There is safety in a tunnel… comfort. You are hidden from the world and the world in turn is hidden from you. It is just big enough for you, for your teddy and maybe a little snack. 

Safety advice: Enclosed spaces need air coming into them; try to ensure that there is an open section to the space.

This activity is a great one for kids to share with an adult. 

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 5

Themes: 

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

Time required: 30 minutes 

Curriculum connections: The Arts, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Small hidden spaces can enhance a sense of security and wellbeing in children, it is a great space for them to process their thoughts and to start thinking independently. Use simple objects to create these spaces and see what they fill it up with.

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

Secret Tunnels - Activity Instructions

Tunnels lead to wondrous places, maybe caves,  mountains, or beaches. To clearer skies and rainbows. Humans make them to shorten the path around the mountain, for trains, for cars and bicycles too. Animals also make them, for shelter or to store their food, to make themselves at home deep inside. 

There is safety in a tunnel... comfort. You are hidden from the world and the world in turn is hidden from you. It is just big enough for you, for your teddy and maybe a little snack. 

Safety advice: Enclosed spaces need air coming into them; try to ensure that there is an open section to the space.

Listen to the recording or read the script:

The possibilities are endless. Secret tunnels are everywhere. In your wildest imagination lies the Narnia within your room. Is a table JUST a table, or could it also be the side of a tunnel with a little help from a blanket? Is a blanket just a blanket, a pillow just a pillow? Use the sheets on your bed to put

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