18 DIVERSE DOLLS FOR CHILDREN OF ALL SKIN TONES

I began my search looking for black and brown skin dolls and it was much harder than I thought. I discovered that most of the dolls I found were created by mom’s who started hand-making dolls out of necessity, and to fill a hole in the market. They wanted their children to be able to have a doll that looked like them. Many of the dolls that I have found are beautifully handmade, often one-of-a-kind, or custom made to order....

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DIVERSIFY YOUR PLAY

How can we make sure that our children grow up understanding diversity, and why does it matter? As always, we can start at home, and by introducing these important messages through play. Play is the perfect vehicle for learning, and as a result we need to have a long, hard, critical look at the play environment that we are providing for our children....

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MEET THE THREE BLACK DOLL MAKERS REFUSING TO WAIT FOR THE TOY INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE REPRESENTATION

For me, the reality of growing up Black was playing with dolls and action figures that underscored white, slim eurocentric beauty, watching children’s shows with characters that didn’t look like me, and reading books primarily with descriptions of protagonists with strawberry blonde hair and pale skin that I couldn’t relate to. I didn’t have the vocabulary or the framework to understand why I felt like an outsider when engrossing myself in these toys and stories I loved....

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DROPBOX + SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: MEET JODI VERNON

In the build up to Small Business Saturday, Drop Everything’s been meeting with business owners to explore what it takes to run a small business, the motivation for starting one, and how technology’s being used to help growth. Today, we’re delighted to introduce you to Jodi Vernon, Founder at Clarkes Closet.

Meet Jodi Vernon; entrepreneur and mum of two...

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