Differentiating Dolls: Why Ethnic and Multicultural Toys Matter

by Diversity in Toys Diversity in Toys

Toy companies know that children's toys come in different colors, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds, but they don't market that fact as much as they can. Ethnic dolls and toys specifically targeted toward African or Asian American and Hispanic children are few and far between. As cultural diversity becomes more prevalent in today's society, companies need to consider the importance of providing equal opportunity to all their customers, including children of color and those who want to buy gifts for them at Christmas or other holidays.

The Importance of Representation

Dolls and other toys are a reflection of the world around us, but there are few children's toys that reflect the diversity of our society.

Many parents want to help their children grow up with a strong sense of pride in who they are. This is why multicultural toys can be so important for little ones to play with. When children see their own culture reflected in doll or toy form, they feel more confident in their identity. They know who they are, they feel empowered by their culture's history, and they begin to imagine themselves as adults within that culture. 

When children don't have these reflections of themselves, they start to question their place in our society. They begin to wonder if they even belong here, which is a feeling that no child should have. We owe it to all children to create a society where everyone feels welcomed and valued for who they are.

Types of Multicultural Toys

Ethnic dolls are a good choice for children who want a doll representing their ethnicity. For example, African American kids may want to play with an African American doll, or Asian children may enjoy playing with an Asian doll. Other popular multicultural toys include teddy bears of different ethnicities and symbols of other cultures, like the Greek alphabet blocks.

Parents can select multicultural dolls for their children or encourage kids to play with any doll they like. Regardless of whether you are shopping for a gift or want to add a new toy to your child's toy chest, learning about toys that represent different cultures can spark an interesting discussion with your little one.

How to Choose the Right Toy

There are many reasons a parent may want to choose an ethnic or multicultural doll for their child. Perhaps you have a daughter and are looking for a doll with the same skin color as she does. Or, you want your son to know what it is like to be in another person's shoes by playing with dolls that look different from him. No matter the reason, there are many different types of ethnic dolls available on the market today that can cater to all needs!

But when faced with this decision, how do you choose which is right?

Picking a toy for your child is no easy task. There are so many different options to choose from that it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few things to remember when shopping for the perfect toy.

  • It is always best to think about what your child needs and wants when picking out a toy. If you have more than one child in the house, think about which toys each would enjoy playing with the most to ensure you don't end up with duplicate toys.
  • You should also keep safety in mind when deciding which toys are suitable for your kids; do not buy anything that could break off or be swallowed by a small child. The last thing you want is for your child to choke on an object.
  • When buying multicultural books, try to find ones with bright illustrations rather than those filled with dark colors because they are easier on children's eyesight.

Concluding Thoughts

Keep in mind that there are benefits to having ethnic dolls and multicultural toys in your home — diverse play helps foster empathy, cognitive development, creativity, cooperation, and problem-solving skills. Providing your child with ethnic dolls and multicultural toys will ensure they have access to various experiences that reflect their cultural background.


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