As a result of the last few weeks, there are many people (including myself) who are actively trying to promote diversity in their homes to raise up a more inclusive generation of children. Diversity is something that we have always talked about in our home but in light of the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many more, the conversations and questions from and with our children are increasing. They’re seeking to understand what’s going on in the world around them as much as they can at their various ages and maturity levels.
As a biracial family, our children have more exposure to diversity because it starts at home. But it’s easy to not realize just how much our children’s environments lack that reflection of all races and colors. So I’ve collected a list of toys and books that we have or are purchasing for our children to create room for diverse play, conversations about diversity, and normalizing diversity not only only in our family but in our children’s hearts and minds.
She persisted | Lacing DollsLacing Dolls | Multicultural People with Bus| Multicultural People with City Blocks | African American and Caucasian Anatomy Puzzles | African American Little People | I Can Do Hard Things | African American Family Dolls | Welcome to the Party | Marvelous Maravilloso | Bag of Multicultural Babies | Emotion Faces Puzzles | Baby Stella Doll | Strictly No Elephants | Multicultural people with airplane | Every Little Thing
I hope these recommendations were helpful and give you a good place to start with promoting and normalizing diversity in your home. The change starts at home. Our children are the future. Making a difference in how we raise our children is one of the biggest ways we can make the work a better place for people of color.