America is often called a melting pot and today we live in a more diverse culture than ever before. That being said celebrating cultural diversity with our children is all the more important. If you follow Heart of Deborah you know our children are biracial.
As a family we love exploring new places, trying new foods and traveling. We value cultural diversity and learning about other people. Before kids we knew we’d have to talk to our children about their heritage, but when it hit me straight in the face this past week I didn’t feel ready!
Our daughter recently came home from preschool asking questions about her race. My husband and I decided it was time to start exposing her to other cultures. Now we’ve been doing this since she was born, but now that she is older we are making a more concerted effort to expose her to different foods, experiences, cultures, races, etc.
This couldn’t have been more perfect timing! This month we’ve partnered with Tea Collection. They do a great job embracing and celebrating little citizens of the world. If you haven’t checked out Tea Collection before I highly recommend it! Not only is their clothing adorable it is also globally inspired. This means every season they travel across the globe to find inspiration. I LOVE this! A perfect way to celebrate diversity in our everyday life. Keep scrolling to read 5 fun ways to teach your kids about diversity!
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5 fun ways to celebrate diversity with our preschoolers and children!
ONE: Learn about Culture Through Books and Activities: This is an easy and fun way to teach young children about different ethnicities, countries and cultures. For our play room we plan are decorating with a globe, a map and several books from the library. We love to celebrate diversity by studying different regions of the world.
Books are the perfect way to show children that not everyone lives like they do! There are great books out there about identity, other countries and different customs. Crafts and activities are another fun way to expose children to different cultures. We also made this flag craft for Scotland, Tea Collection’s current country. Check out the numerous activities on Pinterest to help your children celebrate diversity.
TWO: Talk About It and Be an Example: Children are curious and one of the best things you can do as a parent is talk to your children about diversity. Answer their questions and don’t be afraid to engage in discussion. It’s best when your children hear it from you!
Remind them that different does not mean better or worse, it’s just different. Be an example to your children, embrace different ethnic foods and engage with friends of various cultures, races, etc. Your children are watching!
THREE: Try New Foods! This is always a fun way to learn about a new culture. Now if your children aren’t the most adventurous eaters you can start slowly, maybe start with dessert. Before I met my husband I was a cautious eater. When we dated he loved taking me to different restaurants and it was a great experience. I learned I love kimchi, afghani food and tikka masala. When you try new foods talk to your children about where in the world the food comes from. You can even show them on your map.
FOUR: Hands On Experience is Priceless: We can’t wait to travel outside of the USA with our kids. It’s one of the best ways to learn about other cultures, by immersing yourself in it. If traveling isn’t possible you can visit different festivals, museums or find an international pen pal. We sponsor a child through Compassion and he lives in Tanzania. His picture hangs on our fridge and when we get letters we read them to the kids. We also talk to them about his life. As they grow older I hope they find this experience valuable.
FIVE: Watch Videos About Different Countries Together: I know traveling to other countries is expensive and museums aren’t always close, but you can learn about different countries in your own living room! Find shows on PBS, YouTube or Netflix that are age-appropriate. My daughter doesn’t realize that not everyone in the world drives a car or eats Chick-Fil-A for lunch once a week. It’s important for us to show her different cultures of this world and to celebrate diversity.
How do you celebrate cultural diversity?
What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate other cultures? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
See some of my favorite Tea Collection outfits from our recent trip to the pumpkin patch!
Thank you Tea Collection for sponsoring this conversation.