It's Just For Fun Friday! On JFFF, we review items and activities that you can do with your kids in order to increase their cultural competence and diversity awareness.
This week's item is so unique and special that as soon as I discovered it, I knew I had to share it with you all. It's a series of dolls called Hope Toys. These are not just any old doll. All of the dolls have some form of physical disability. Some children use walkers, some are in wheelchairs, others have prosthetic limbs. In addition to showcasing children with disabilities, the dolls come in a variety of skin colors. So they really represent actual people in the real world who just happen to have physical disabilities.
The reason that I love this item so much is that kids learn so much through play. With these dolls they can incorporate people with physical differences into the worlds that they create. Those worlds can now be truly reflective of the people that they see around them. And also through this play, children can learn that kids with disabilities are just like them. They can still be friends and play together. What an amazing lesson to teach.
Also, these dolls allow for children who have physical disabilities to have toys that are representative of who they are. Having a 3- and 6-year-old, I visit many toy stores and I don't know that I've ever seen a doll with a disability on the shelves. What a gift to be able to give children with disabilities a toy that looks and operates just like they do. No matter who you are, you need a toy that represents you - whatever that may look like.
Check out the video and then print out the page below for a quick list of potential questions, comments, activities and games to engage in as you and your child play with these fantastic toys. Below is a link to the Hope Toys website so you can check out the options and perhaps add one to your collection.
Have you ever seen a doll with a disability in a toy store? If so, which one? Did you buy it? Why or why not? If you have an able-bodied child, do you think they would enjoy playing with these dolls? Why or why not? Leave a comment below.
Most of all, enjoy. And don't forget to HAVE FUN!
Check back next week for another Just For Fun Friday!
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