15 June is Power of a Smile Day

Hi all, I love the idea of the Power of a Smile Day. Remember what Anne Frank said: “Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.”

Here are some great quotes about smiling:

Everyone smiles in the same language.  ~Author Unknown
I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~Author Unknown

Have a look at this article to find out 10 Reasons why it’s good to smile.

http://some-reasons.blogspot.com/2006/11/10-reasons-why-you-should-smile-more.html

Check out the story of Clyde’s Smile: http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/activities/clydesmile.asp?themeid=5

Children of all ages love this funny story. It has a lovely PSHE message (Personal, Social & Health Education) about helping others.

The children in your class will also love the story Augustus and his smile about Augustus the tiger who is sad because he has lost his smile.

Amazon says: “Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a huge tigery stretch, and set off to find it. In this book, the author and illustrator Catherine Rayner celebrates the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings us when we open our eyes to it.”

You could link this topic to Anne Frank’s birthday (see link to How are you song song)

For some lovely activities to celebrate this day check out:

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/holidays/p/powersmileday.htm

This is a fun game children just love.

Funny Face Consequences game

Sit the children in a circle and I say: Everyone is sad and make a sad face. The children sit in a circle with a solemn expression. Tell them that they cannot laugh until they hear their name.

You start off as ‘it’. Smile and suddenly burst out laughing and say: I’m happy. Then stop, wipe the smile off your face and blow it (as you would a kiss) to one of the children saying his/her name. This child is now ‘it’ and repeats the procedure. He/she bursts out laughing, says: I’m happy., stops, wipes the smile off his/her face and blows it to another, saying that child’s name, who in turn bursts out laughing. The object of the game is to try not to laugh unless you are blown a smile. Any player who laughs when he/she is not ‘it’ has to do a consequence.  Give this child a consequence to do for 30 seconds, showing them a flashcard and what they have to do.

Examples of consequences:

Stand on one leg.

Close your eyes and touch your nose.

Stand on one leg and touch your nose.

Open your mouth and show your teeth.

Touch your nose with your tongue.

Close your eyes and touch your feet.

Put your head on your legs.

Pull your ears.

Stamp your feet like an elephant. 

Shake your head.

Move your arms like a monkey.

Move your body like a snake.

Every time I see this smiling kitten, I can’t help but smile.

And lastly, here is a traditional rhyme about a smile:

I Have Something in My Pocket

I have something in my pocket.
It belongs across my face.
I keep it very close to me
In a most convenient place.
I’m sure you couldn’t guess it
If you guessed a long, long, while.
So I’ll take it out and put it on.
It’s a great big happy SMILE!

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