Lesson idea: Positive Artefacts

The content below is taken from the Learning Library at IPEN and is by Emily Larson (Director). It is the third of four interlinked lesson ideas I will be posting, which focus on raising awareness of how our emotions impact us and the importance of developing emotional intelligence amongst children.  IPEN’s Learning Library has many free resources available to print or download, it’s a useful resource bank to add to your teaching toolkit.


Positive artefacts show and tell


Present a positive artefact to the class and explain why it makes them happy


Complete the ‘Positive Ingredients’ lesson prior to this lesson. 

Children should be asked to bring in a positive artefact in the last lesson, something that is meaningful to them and makes them feel positive. 

Teacher explanation: Last class we explored our positive ingredients, or the things that make us feel positive emotions (if this was discussed). Today we are going to be sharing our positive artefacts. I want everyone to stand up and share what they brought as their positive artefact. Share what you brought and how it increases your positive emotions.

Follow up Explanation: The purpose of this activity was to highlight all the things that bring us happiness, or boost our positive emotions. It is important to understand what ingredients add positive emotion to your day and also what artefacts, items, etc. can boost your wellbeing so when you are having a bad day you can think about what ingredients might make you feel better or what artefact you could draw on.

Published by Improve My Well-being

Laura is an experienced mentor and teacher, with a MSc Applied Positive Psychology (Distinction). She enjoys living and working in multicultural environments and is passionate about promoting social well-being. Blogging is her outlet to share and explore well-being initiatives and practices with as many people as possible.

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