Kids need to see themselves and others represented in all areas of the classroom – books, toys, visuals, songs. Creating a classroom community that embraces and celebrates inclusion does not stop with our attitudes. It needs to be infused into all areas of the classroom. Check out some of my students’ (and my!) favorite inclusive toys and classroom supplies.
Kids love playing with people figurines! Add people to your dollhouse and block area.
Preschoolers who are 4 and 5 are really starting to get into playing games. Start with just a few pairs for beginners and work your way up to the whole set. The illustrations are fantastic!
Super simple and soft. Great for talking about emotions! When our dramatic play center is a house, there never seems to be enough babies to go around! Now everyone can take care of a little one.
Kids love to mix and match the blocks to make different people. Put these block out at table time/morning work or add them to your block center.
These mirrors are so cool!! Flip up the feelings discs to practice the facial expressions. Use them to talk about hair color, eye color, skin color, etc. Great for an All About Me unit of study.
Inclusive Art Supplies
Inclusive art supplies should definitely be in your classroom and used on a regular basis!