Smile, Itís Summer
Bringing sunshine into peopleís lives by smiling
by Rebecca Parkinson (revised, originally published in 2012)
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To link the feelings that a range of colours evoke with the feelings conveyed by a smile.
Preparation and materials
- You will need some large, blank pieces of paper in white, red, blue, orange, green, black and yellow.
- You will also need an image of a smiley face and the means to display it during the assembly. An example is available at: https://tinyurl.com/czmy4wu
- Optional: you may wish to hand out smiley face stickers to the children during the ‘Time for reflection’ part of the assembly, in which case you will need to have these ready.
- 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.
- Hold up the green piece of paper.
The children are likely to say that the colour reminds them of grass, fields, trees and so on. Ask them to think more deeply and consider how the colour makes them feel. Some may say that green makes them feel excited because they think of playing outside, whereas others may say that it makes them feel sleepy because it reminds them of camping in a tent and so on.
- Repeat the process for each piece of coloured paper.
Each time, encourage the children to share what the colour reminds them of as well as how it makes them feel. 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.
- Explain that scientists have discovered that colours can make us feel certain emotions.
- White makes us feel cold.
- Red makes us feel warm or angry.
- Blue makes us feel cool or peaceful.
- Orange makes us feel warm or happy.
- Green makes us feel calm and peaceful.
- Black makes us feel sad.
- Yellow makes us feel happy and full of laughter.
- Ask for some volunteers 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.
After each child has done this, ask them to return to their places, but ask the child holding the yellow piece of paper to stay. Remind the children of what they said about this colour earlier in the assembly. It probably reminded them of sunshine, beaches, sunny days and holidays and made them feel excited, happy and so on.
Point out that June is officially the first month of summer.
- Show the image of the smiley face.
Ask the children why they think that the face is yellow. Explain that both the colour and the huge smile are meant to make people feel happier.
- Note that when the sun comes out, people often say that they feel happier. Whatever the weather is like, though, we can all make people feel happy by the way we look at them.
An unknown poet said, ‘There are hundreds of languages around 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.
Time for reflection
Challenge the children to make people happy today by smiling at them as they move around school. This way, they can bring some sunshine to people’s lives even if the weather is bad!
Optional: you may wish to hand out smiley face stickers to the children to remind them to smile sunny smiles during the day.
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.
How does it make you feel if someone looks angry? How does it make you feel when someone smiles at you?
Today, why not decide to smile at people so that you can bring sunshine to their lives and make them feel happy? Remember: ‘There are hundreds of languages around the world, but a smile speaks them all.’
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.
‘Smile’ by Sabrina Carpenter. It is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AYWRUB3rGg (3.21 minutes long)
‘Don’t worry, be happy’ by Bobby McFerrin, available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-diB65scQU (4.03 minutes long)