Happy Days Bowl
Social Studies Activity
In this activity, students create a Happy Days Bowl that they can turn to for
a reward on a good day or for an idea to turn around a bad day.
WHAT YOU NEED
- A large bowl
- Brightly colored slips of paper
- Pencils, pens, or colorful felt-tip pens
WHAT TO DO
- Explain to the class that they are going to create a Happy Days Bowl. The
bowl will hold ideas for things to do that might make a person's day happier.
Students write their ideas on the slips of paper, fold them, and place them
in the Happy Days Bowl.
- Start students thinking about ideas by offering some of your own. Then
pass out the slips of paper so that everyone, including you, has at least
three. After a set time, collect the slips in the bowl.
- The ideas can be wide ranging. Some examples might be:
- A written note or greeting: greetings and good wishes in another language,
lyrics from a favorite song, a funny poem, pun, or joke
- Suggestions to do something: listen to a certain song in the audio tape
section of the room; read a funny book on the library table; observe the
graceful movements of a goldfish; study a certain picture to see some lovely
colors; check how well the plants are doing; hug the stuffed rabbit in the
- Reminders of special days. For example, "Think about the day we won the
soccer match against Mr. Harvey's class." "Remember how nice it was when Mrs.
Smith came and taught us a dance?" "Look at the beautiful book of leaves we
put together in the fall."
- Tell children that they may go to the Happy Days Bowl if they are feeling
good about something and want to mark the occasion with a special treat. Or
they might dip into the bowl if they're having a bad day and want to turn it
around by having something pleasant happen. You may wish to establish some
guidelines for when and how frequently students can go to the bowl.
- Explain that when students go to the bowl, they draw a slip from it, read
it, and then put it back in the bowl.
Keep blank slips of paper available so that students can add more ideas as
they occur to them. After a couple of weeks, encourage students to evaluate
how effective the Happy Days Bowl is and make any necessary changes.
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