I'm New Here: Pack Up Some Kindness Activity

I'm New Here

In the story, I'm New Here, we meet three children who left their home countries and now live in the United States. Everything feels new and different to them. This activity helps children understand how hard it is to pack up and leave so much behind.

Recommended Ages:  Preschool/Kindergarten

Domains or Early Learning Standards:  Social and Emotional Development

Materials Needed:

  • Suitcase to be used as a prop
  • Empty Box
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons
  • Chart Paper (optional)


Talk about what happens when someone moves to a new home far from where they once lived. What was that like for the three children in the story?

In this activity, we’re going to pretend that we’re preparing to move. Ask the children what they’d like to bring with them from home and school.
Do you want to bring  . . .?

  • Your friends?
  • Your classroom pet?
  • Your favorite toys?
  • Books?

Make a list of all the things the children name.

Activity:  Set up the empty suitcase and an empty box.

  • Suitcase imageThe suitcase is for things that can be brought to a new home.
  • The box is for things that can’t be brought to a new home.
  • Invite children to draw a picture of something they want to bring with them.
  • Help children decide if their favorite thing goes in the suitcase or the box. Remind them that only the things that they can really pack can go into the suitcase.   If it can’t go with you, place the picture in the box.

Help children understand the difference between what you can and can’t bring with you when you move to a new home.

 Follow Up Discussion:  What did you have to leave behind? How does that make you feel? What do you think Maria, Jin, and Fatimah had to leave back home when they moved? Let’s make a list of all the things we can say to new friends or do for them when they’re new in our class, school, or neighborhood.  Let’s pack up some kindness for them!

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