Activities That Focus On Honoring Diversity, and Acknowledge/Value Differences:
- Make a conscious effort to include toys/pictures/books/films in your home that feature diverse characters and diverse experiences. Examples that are offered as read-alouds online might be Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena, Under My Hijab by Hena Khan, or the Oscar Winning Short Film Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry.
- Diversify your bookshelf by specifically seeking out media created by people of color. Consider these Coretta Scott King Award Winners, or these selections from Inclusive Storytime and The Conscious Kid.
- Introduce sing-along songs with multicultural themes and lyrics in different languages.
- Enjoy bilingual read-alouds online, like Hello Ocean/Hola Mar by Pam Munoz Ryan.
- Learn about differences and similarities from our friends at Sesame Street by watching We're Different, We're The Same by Bobbi Kates. Discuss differences and similarities simply and openly.
- Watch The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson. Draw a picture about what makes you unique and special.
- Watch All Are Welcome Here by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman. Talk about how everyone is different, special, important, unique and welcome. Draw a picture or create art using multicultural paint, paper, and crayons.
- Talking with kids about racism can be tough. Here are some book suggestions to help get them thinking about it: Today's Parent, PBS Kids, and Embrace Race.
- Here's two links to helpful resources for parents/caregivers: from NPR Talking Race With Young Children and from Zero To Three Racism and Violence: Using Your Power As A Parent to Support Children Aged Two To Five.
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