The world is changing and we are more diverse than ever. An important gift we can give our children is to help them feel good about who they are and help them learn to accept, respect and celebrate others.
Multicultural children need to have access to diverse products that reflect their reality. Children want to see themselves in books, media, toys, dolls and arts & crafts.
Thankfully, there are brands that are stepping up and providing more products that expose children to multicultural and/or multiracial products. Lakeshore Learning,Queens of Africa dolls, Mixis Dolls, Lammily, Mattel, Mixed Up Clothing, Mixed Chicks and Curly Kids are just some of the names doing it right for the multicultural and multiracial child.
The MultiCulti Corner partnered with two brands that are doing a great job: Lakeshore Learning and OranguFrame. We collaborated on a project for a group I co-founded with Delia Douglas of DDHPR called MultiCulti Corner (MCC).
This project is perfect anytime but found it a great learning experience for Black History Month.
- To introduce and provide quality products to have children.
- To have children express themselves through art.
- To improve self-esteem
- To expand their worldview by allowing them to see that there are others in the world with their own rich experience.
- To learn to respect all cultures.
The MultiCulti Corner (MCC) tribe went on the road to The Museum of African American Art (MAAA). Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the museum is a hidden gem in Los Angeles.
On this particular weekend in February, two exhibits were featured: Palmer C. Hayden Collection and his John Henry Series and Synthia Saint James.
Following their exposure to the artwork, the children created their own self-portrait with a focus on finding the similarities and the differences in each other.
In addition to the beautiful artwork as a backdrop to our classroom, we had multicultural figurines from Lakeshore Learning on display.
Perfect for grades: pre-k-5
The people shapes project kit that comes with chipboard people shapes in 12 people colors, felt outfits, craft hair, and wiggly eyes will allow students to create a self-portrait of themselves.
- People Colors® Crayons
- People Colors® Jumbo Pencils
- People Colors® Craft Paper
- OranguFrame fold and snap frames
- White glue
- Popsicle sticks
- Mini cups