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Having biracial children made me more aware of the lack of diversity in many aspects of life. I’ve found you have to actively search for books, crafts, and toys that support racial and cultural diversity. Because my children are not White, I know it’s important for them to have toys that look like them, and crafts that give them an opportunity to draw themselves and their family without having to compromise on the color because it isn’t included in the pack. I know these diverse crafts and toys are necessary to support the way my children view themselves and the world.
Your biracial kids need to see racial and cultural differences reflected in their everyday lives and you want to be sure your home accommodates that!
Again, it can be hard to find crafts and toys to expand the diversity in your home. Because of this, I’ve rounded up some great options for children’s crafts and toys that support different skin tones, races, and cultures.
Again my biggest complaint with crayons was that the standard pack didn’t support various skin tones. Not every person is as dark as a black crayon or as white as a white crayon. But these crayons are specifically designed for your child to be able to choose different shades from pale to dark so they can draw themselves and every member of their family with ease! There are also markers available that reflect different skin tones too!
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This toy family set can come separately, as they are 4 sets of families that are different ethnicities. But what I like about buying the whole set together, is your child can combine them to make the family that looks like theirs!
This doll is perfect for school age kids, as the doll is also “ready for school”. This assortment of dolls is really nice because it has baby dolls for young kids and dolls for older children as well. They also come in three skin tones too!
This is another set of families that supports multicultural families. There are several different ethnicities of families and again your child can mix and match to make the family that is closest to their own!
Yes there is a lack of diversity throughout many areas of life, but your home doesn’t have to be one of them! You can support your child’s racial and cultural differences with the crafts and toys you choose for them. Your children will benefit from seeing their reality reflected in the toys they play with and the crafts they make on a daily basis!