Today is National Smile Day. What has happened to you today that has brought a smile to your face?
Talk with the children about what friendliness and understanding mean to them. Ask the children to think of words that encourage friendliness and understanding between people. List the friendly words that they suggest on the board (smiling, loving, sharing, giving, helping, happy, etc.).
Have each child draw and cut out five circles with flower petal shapes around each circle, and then paste stems of different lengths on the flower shapes. Next, have them cut a basket shape from 9 x 12cm sugar paper and paste the five flowers behind the basket. Now, ask them to select five friendly words from the list on the board, writing one word on each flower. Place the baskets of friendly flowers around the room.
This activity is drawn from Smiling Inside, Smiling Outside, an ideal resource for teachers, counsellors, and parents of children in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and lower Key Stage 2 (KS2). It will help children to develop positive perceptions of themselves and their place in the world.