Finding toys, games, and educational activities, that are inclusive of black and brown children can be quite the task. Many parents may not have the time to do this type of research. But not to worry. We’ve done some research for you.
Celebrate inclusion and diversity and invest in black businesses when you support these 4 black-owned children’s brands:
1. Just Like Me! Book Box
We recently discussed how important literacy is for children, and Just Like Me! is helping parents to ensure sure that early literacy is inclusive. The Just Like Me! Book Box is a subscription book service for children. When you sign up for the Book Box, your child will receive 2-3 African American children’s books as well as fun educational activities each month. The best part? The books will advance in level as your child grows!
In this technologically-driven age, kids love watching their favorite shows and videos on online. If you’re like many parents, you’re constantly monitoring this activity to make sure that the content that they’re watching is both appropriate and inclusive. Well, look no further because RainbowMe is making diverse, age-appropriate, inclusive online entertainment for children. RainbowMe is “an entertainment platform for kids ages 2-12 featuring characters to whom all children can relate.” The platform depicts positive images of children of color through both animated and live action original programming.
3. Herstory Doll
The Herstory Doll line includes a variety of 18-inch dolls that reflect the diversity of people of African descent. The beautiful dolls in this line have a variety of complexions, hair textures, and physical features that will give children a glimpse of the beauty of the African Diaspora. Herstory, not only provides children with an opportunity to see themselves represented in their toys, children will also be able to join an online platform where they can use their creativity to customize their doll’s character.
You know we couldn’t complete this list without including Little Doebahyou! The brand aims to create activities that teach children about the diverse cultures and history of people throughout the African Diaspora. Through products like the Black Inventor Memory Match, Africa & the Diaspora Flashcards, as well as the subscription cultural activity box, Little Doebahyou makes learning and inclusion simple and fun for the entire family. Everything you need to create a cultural learning experience is included in each box so you don’t have to do any work, just open the box, and let the fun and learning begin.
Are there any black-owned children’s brands that your family is particularly fond of? Share them with us in the comments below, and we’ll include them in our next list.