Preschool · Toddlers · Virtual Programming

Virtual Sunshine Squad: Welcome Immigrants

Learning about the lives of other people helps build empathy, respect, understanding and connection.

In 2020, more than 40 million people living the USA were born in a different country, accounting for about 13.7% of the US population. While these immigrants represent nearly every country in the world, Mexico, China, India, and the Philippines rank the highest. In the past 10 years, Asian immigrants are arriving at higher rates than Hispanic immigrants. While the coasts are common destinations, Chicago is the only prominent midwestern city to have a large immigrant population. (All data has been taken from “Key findings about U.S. immigrants” Pew Research Center.)

All this is cause for celebration!

Welcome Song

Tune: Skip to My Lou

Hello (name) and how are you? x3
Welcome to storytime

Welcome Book: The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates

3 Ways to be be a part of Sunshine Squad (from Sunflower Storytime)

  1. Being kind to yourself
  2. Being kind to others
  3. Being kind to animals and nature

I am great! (Arms wide)
I  am smart! (Finger to head)
I am strong! (Flex muscles)
I am loved! (Hug yourself)
Today is an awesome day! (Thumbs up)

Introduction to theme: Welcome Immigrants

People all over the world have different skin colors. You may have come to this country and noticed that the people in the United States have a lot of different skin colors. For preschoolers, we can prepare our children for discussions about immigration by noticing and celebrating differences now.

Rhyme: “How Do You Say Hi?” (Adapted from Storytime Katie)

Hi! Hola! Namaste! Jambo!
There are many ways to say hello!

Wave your hand. Nod your head.
Smile big or wink instead.
Blow a kiss. Tip your hat.
Shake your hands. Give a pat.

Of all the ways to say hello,
Here’s the way I like to go…HELLO!

Book: We Came to America by Faith Ringgold

Prop Activity: Immigrants suitcase

I put several pictures on the flannel board. I took one off at a time, had a conversation about the picture, and asked if it would be something that could fit inside a suitcase. This was a super idea from Natalie Renee at Storytime Solidarity on FriendFace.

Things to take with: stuffed animal, recipes, dreams, culture

Things that cannot come with: weather, house, family

Recorded Song: “Community” by Kira Willey

Settle Down Rhyme: If You’re Ready for a Story

Book: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Flannel Match-Up: Transportation from FlannelBoardFun

No transportation traveling today,
No transportation carrying people on their way. 
Along comes a car, hear the engine roar!
Now there’s one motor vehicle, let’s go find some more!

(Continue adding any 4 vehicles you want, (make sure you include at least one each that drives, sails or flies) counting up until…)

Five motor vehicles traveling today, 
Five motor vehicles carrying people on their way.
They drop off the passengers, the people wave goodbye.
They’ll be back tomorrow to drive, sail and fly!

Craft: Handprint American Flag

Handprint American flags from

Craft kits available at library for registered patrons include: cardstock, red & blue tempera paint, paintbrush

  1. Paint one hand with the blue paint.
  2. Press hand onto the upper left corner of the paper. Wash your hands.
  3. With the red paint, paint horizontal stripes across the paper, leaving white/unpainted stripes in between the red stripes.

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