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12+ Times Toys Were Designed With Inclusivity In Mind

Brittany Rae 10 Sep 2020

The history of toys isn't exactly filled with inclusivity. Many kids once found themselves excluded from seeing a toy that looks like them, represents them, or was designed for them.

I won't go as far as to say that those days are gone, but things are getting better — way better.

At a time when it's more important than ever for kids to see themselves and love themselves for who they are, these companies have proven it's actually not that hard to be inclusive.

1. My Family Builders are swappable wooden block people!

Amazon

How cute are these? Kids can create anyone they want with these interchangeable toys. Created by My Family Builders, the blocks can be customized with stickers that any child can use to create a reflection of their own unique family!

Get them here.

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2. Barbie's new Fashionista line is a beautiful display of diversity and inclusivity.

Barbie's Fashionista line is incredible. Featuring nine body types, 54 skin tones, and dolls with prosthetics, this line has something for every kid.

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3. Barbie also has an entirely gender-neutral line!

I can't express how important this would be for kids who are transgendered or non-binary — gender is a really difficult concept, and these dolls make it easier to explore its complexities in a safe, fun way!

Check it out here.

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4. This Lottie doll was inspired by a little boy with autism!

Amazon

This is the "Loyal Companion" set, and it comes with a small companion dog! Lottie Dolls pride themselves on being based on real kids. This one was inspired by Hayden!

You can get one here.

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5. These baby dolls all have customizable options for cochlear implants or hearing aids!

Etsy | Bright Ears

Created by BrightEars on Etsy, these dolls all have hand-crafted visible disabilities. Children can have babies that have cleft lips, cochlear implants, or hearing aids that look just like they do!

Get one here.

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6. Wonder Crew aims to help boys explore positive emotional learning.

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Wonder Crew boys have all the excitement of superheroes and they also aim to teach boys about positive emotional exploration that most toys aimed at boys tend to neglect. Check it out here.

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7. More Than Peach aims to change how crayons are viewed.

The "flesh" crayon is the pale peach one...right? Wrong. That's simply not the reality for anyone who doesn't have like skin! Hence why then eight-year-old Bellen Woodward decided to start More Than Peach, which aims to expand what kids see as "skin color" crayons.

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8. This puzzle teaches kids to love the skin they're in!

Norman & Jules

It's packed with reversible colors to teach your child color recognition, but the neat thing is that the representative of the board isn't light-skinned! Learn color theory in a diverse way here.

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9. A coloring book designed to teach kids about fighting for diversity and inclusivity!

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How cool is this? Kids can learn important lessons about injustice and how to create social change while learning to color inside the lines! It's made to inspire kids to get interested in civic engagement. Get it here.

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10. Lego has a whole braille collection on the way.

Lego

Designed to encourage creativity in children who blind and visually impaired children, these Lego bricks are set to hit the shelves later this year! Learn more about the collection here.

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11. Of course, Lego also has other inclusive toys!

Amazon

Their Lego city set comes with people of all ages and features those with disabilities! Lego has a ton of different, inclusive products, and you can check them out here.

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12. Joss is American Girl's first doll with a visible disability.

American Girl

I was surprised it was their first, too! Joss has a hearing aid, a love for the ocean, and the determination to be the best surfer she can be. Check her out here.

Man, if I were a kid, this would totally be the doll I'd want!

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13. American Girl also sells inclusive accessories, including wheelchairs.

They feature a wide range of accessories for kids with illnesses or disabilities, including a diabetes care kit, a vest for a service dog, and, of course, a wheelchair!

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14. Playmobil's school set has an accessible elevator.

Amazon

Kids can go back to school and learn all about accessibility with this school set! With stairs and an elevator for those with wheelchairs, Playmobil's Furnished School Building embraces everyone.

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