In the dynamic landscape of the toy industry, a significant shift is underway, challenging traditional norms and embracing diversity. The conversation around diversity in toys has gained momentum in recent years, as parents, educators, and advocates recognise the importance of offering children a more inclusive play experience. Let's examine the impact diversity in toys can have on shaping young minds and fostering a more inclusive society....
As a parent, you want your child to have access to a variety of toys that will help them learn and grow. You want your children to be well rounded, empathetic and considerate, not just to loved ones, but to people they might be meeting for the first time. Here are some facts about how culturally diverse toys can help you achieve this:
I would love for the days where it is thought that only girls should play with dolls and tea sets, while boys play with trucks and tool sets, to be long gone – but I know this is far from reality so I want to talk about why dolls (in general) are important in every child’s playroom, regardless of gender; and why black dolls specifically are also important, regardless of your child’s skin colour or ethnic background.
- Developing empathy and social processing skills
Children make sense of the world through play; and of people through doll play. When children role play using dolls, they are able to talk through and process varying emotions, developing and rehearsing social skills that help them relate to other people in the real world.
So…it’s 2018 and my first son is turning 3. I desperately want to find ways to bond with him and create opportunities to learn while playing. As a Nigerian mother in diaspora, I also want to find exciting ways to keep him connected to his culture. I want him to see the vibrant colours and the beauty of Yoruba culture. I want him to experience as much of it as possible through the toys and books he reads. But after searching high and low – I cannot find anything that would help me achieve this purpose.