Activity Introduction

“Happiness hides in little things.” 

“Buried treasure. 

A box of shiny things.” 

Boxes can hold many different types of collections. Maybe you collect stamps, or feathers, or rocks, or laughter. Boxes can hold many different types of things, including shiny objects full of shiny memories. Different items (shiny or not shiny) remind us of different people. Let’s collect objects that remind us of our loved ones. 

Take your kid/s through a list of people in their life, or point to objects surrounding them to see if any of them evoke strong memories of anyone. 

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 5


  • chill time 
  • be creative 
  • think and connect 

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: The Arts, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

This is a simple exercise cementing thoughtful, mindful memories of people within your kids’ life through the act of purposefully gathering objects that link them to people. Some objects might seem random, ask your kid/s to explain the connection and if it is the smell, the look or the feel of the object that leads them to the memory. If it is not possible to gather the ideal objects, you could have them draw it, and then put the folded piece of paper into the box, or to draw it onto the box itself.

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

Shiny Memories - Activity Instructions

Note: Before completing this activity, read Where Happiness Hides with your parent/caregiver.

Listen to the recording or read the script:

“A box of shiny memories.”

In front of me there is a box. Right now, it is empty. I can look into the box and see the bottom, disappearing into the depths within. Let’s fill this box, full of memories that shine so bright that they fill the heart with things such as gratitude and appreciation of all the fortune that we possess. Of the love within our lives. 

As you look around your room, what can you see? A bed, a lamp, some clothes, some toys. What sits on your walls? What colour are they? What does this colour remind you of? 

As you walk outside your room, what do you see there? What smells come from the kitchen? From the bathroom? 

Who’s the first person you see when you come out of your room? Your parent? Maybe a sibling? Or a caregiver? The people within our lives help shape us into who we are. They

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