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Summer smiles!

Happiness when the sun comes out!

by Rebecca Parkinson

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To link the feelings produced by a range of colours with the feelings conveyed by a smile.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need a selection of large blank pieces of paper in white, red, blue, orange, green, black and yellow.
  • Find a picture of a smiley face (see https://tinyurl.com/czmy4wu for an example) and have the means to display it during the assembly.
  • Smiley face stickers could be given out to the children at the end of the assembly if you wish, but this is optional.

Assembly

  1. Explain that you are going to hold up several large blank pieces of paper and you want the children to look at each piece of paper and tell you what it makes them think of.

  2. Hold up the green piece of paper. The children are likely to say that it reminds them of grass, fields, trees and so on. Ask them to think more deeply and consider what the colour makes them feel. Some may say it makes them feel excited because they think of playing outside, others may say it makes them feel sleepy because it reminds them of camping in a tent and so on.

  3. Repeat this process for each colour. Each time, encourage the children to share what the colour reminds them of as well as their feelings. For example, blue may remind them of the sea or sky, but make them feel peaceful; white may remind them of the snow, but could make them feel cold. Leave the yellow piece of paper until last.

  4. Explain that scientists tell us colours can actually make us feel certain emotions:

    – white – cold
    – red –warmth, anger
    – blue – coolness, peace
    – orange – warmth, happiness
    – green – calm and peace
    – black – sadness
    – yellow – happiness and laughter.

    Ask the children to come to the front and hold each piece of paper. Ask them to make a face that illustrates the emotion suggested by each colour.

    Each time, ask the children to return to their places, apart from the child holding the last yellow piece of paper. Remind the children of what they said about this colour earlier in the assembly – probably it reminded them of sunshine, beaches, sunny days, holidays and made them feel excitement and so on. Point out that June is officially the first month of summer.

  5. Show the smiley face. Ask the children why they think the face is yellow. Explain that both the colour and the huge smile are meant to make people feel happier!

  6. Note that when the sun comes out, people often say they feel happier. Whatever the weather is like, though, we can all make people feel happiness by the way we look at them. An unknown poet said: 

    There are hundreds of languages in the world but a smile speaks them all. 

    In other words, even if we can’t speak someone’s language, we can still let them know that we care by ‘speaking to them’ with a smile.

  7. Challenge the children to make people happy today by smiling at them as they move round school. This way they can bring some ‘sunshine’ to people’s lives even if the weather is bad!

    At this point, if you have opted to do so, you can give each child a smiley face sticker to remind them to smile sunny smiles during the day.

Time for reflection

Think about people who make you happy.

Think about their faces. When you think about them, do they look sad, angry or happy? If they make us happy they will probably be smiling in our thoughts.

What does it make you feel like if someone looks angry? What does it make you feel like when someone smiles at you?

Make a decision today to smile at people so that you can bring sunshine to their lives and make them feel happy. Remember:

There are hundreds of languages in the world but a smile speaks them all. 

Prayer
Dear God, 
Thank you for all the people who bring me happiness.
I think especially of  . . . 
(pause for the children to fill in the names). 
Please help me to bring happiness to others, too. 
Thank you that I can create happiness by something as simple as a smile. 
Amen.

 

Song/music

‘I will bring to you the best gift I can offer’ (Come and Praise, 59)

Publication date: June 2014   (Vol.16 No.6)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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