Young kids’ minds are sharp and impressionable. Not only do they notice differences, but they also notice a lack of differences, as well. If we want our little ones to be open-minded and understanding of all people and cultures, it’s important to show them what that looks like. For those of us who are raising children of color, it’s vital for us to show our kids they are represented in the world around them. If you aren’t raising children of color, it’s even more important.
Just like it’s necessary to fill our kids’ shelves with diverse books, it’s as necessary to ensure that their playthings are exposing them to worlds outside of their own. The best part about it is that they are ever so welcoming to all people, places, and things. They love learning and knowing, and they respond to change better than any adult.
If you’re looking to add more diverse toys to your home and would also like to support Black-owned businesses with your purchases, we’ve rounded up 22 toys below that your little ones are sure to love.