“Happiness hides in little things.
A ladybeetle tickling your arm.
Buds on twigs.”
Feeling the wind in your hair can be the most excellent of feelings. You can’t see it but it announces its presence in so many different ways, sometimes soft and wispy, sometimes wild and fierce. But what else is there to feel? To take away one sensory feeling is to enhance the others. Work in pairs and see if you can recognise the touch of everyday objects.
Safety advice: This is a sitting down activity; be careful about walking around with a blindfold.
Whilst this is a fun activity to do blindfolded, be aware that some kids will not feel safe or comfortable with the blindfold. If they just want to close their eyes that’s totally okay.
Only use objects without sharp edges! You might like to help your kid/s collect the objects they can use safely.
This is a good activity to complete as a family.
Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 5
- brain teasers
- chill time
- be creative
- think and connect
Time required: 20 minutes
Curriculum connections: Science
You can do this activity with your kid/s, or if you have a few on your hands, get them to work together to complete this activity with minimal supervision.
- EYLF: Outcome 5
- Blindfold – scarf or eye mask could do as well (optional)
- Various objects of different shapes, sizes, materials and textures
- Introductory audio recording (optional)
- Instructions for the non-blindfolded person audio recording (optional)
- Where Happiness Hides ebook
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.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.