Ideas for Building a Multicultural Play Room

Multicultural play roomAs our world becomes more and more diverse, the importance of creating a space for acceptance and learning of various groups within my play therapy room, and my own children’s play room at home, grows. Many people think of multiculturalism as consisting of racial and ethnic groups only, but this term also refers to many other characteristics that make up a group or society.

Examples of various cultures include:

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religious and spiritual beliefs and values
  • Generation and age ranges
  • Geographical regions (mid-West; South Texas; Paris, France, etc.)
  • Profession/employment industry (play therapists, legal field, Hollywood, etc.)
  • Hobbies and interests (comic book fans, video gamers, long distance runners, fashionistas, etc.)
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Sexual identity
  • Marital (married, single, divorced, widowed, etc.)
  • Types of families (blended, divorced, foster,, etc.)
  • Gender

Below are some suggestions for art materials and toys to look for to help build your multiclultural play room. Please share if you know of other options!

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