8 Learning Activities to Help Discuss Race with Kids

Are you looking for a way to broach the topic of race with your kids? These 8 activities to help discuss race with kids are a good place to start.

As we continue to talk about race at home, many parents are focused on anti-racism resources and books that discuss racism to dive into the subject. You can also easily get creative and start talking about race early with your kids. Try these hands-on learning activities and crafts focused on diversity and anti-racism.

M&M Experiment

Photo by Crayon Freckles

Sometimes visual examples allow children to understand important lessons. In this activity by Crayon Freckles, M&Ms are used in a sweet way to discuss different races with kids and how people look differently. While the candy comes in different colors, they all look the same on the inside.

Shades of People Handprint Wreath

Photo by Make It Fun Mom

This wreath by Make It Fun Mom features handprints cut out with multi-cultural construction paper. You can hang up the craft on your front door for everyone to see the powerful message or even pair it with a Black Lives Matter sign.

Multicultural Paper Dolls

Photo by Kid World Citizen

You might remember making paper doll chains as a kid. Here is a great way to use this classic craft by Kid World Citizen as you talk about race with kids. We suggest purchasing People Colors® Crayon Pack when coloring your diverse set of paper dolls.

Skin Tone Play Dough

Photo by Little Stars Learning

For kids who enjoy sensory activities, work together to make skin tone play dough. Use ingredients like Kool-Aid, food coloring and cocoa powder to recreate different skin tones. When done, you can store the homemade dough in an airtight container in the fridge to play again later. Get the tutorial at Little Stars Learning.

The Colors of Me

Photo by Teaching with Haley

The Colors of Us should be on every child’s reading list. Pair the book with this activity by Teaching with Haley as you mix paint colors to different skin tones. If you’re trying this at home, we suggest looking through the book to match the skin colors described like “cinnamon” and “chocolate frosting.”

Wooden Rainbow People

Photo by Mama.Papa.Bubba

If you want to add more diversity to your child’s toy collection, use wooden pegs to DIY your own. These minimalist wooden people showcase our diverse world. Have your kids help with this craft to truly understand why these toys are painted with a variety of colors and shades. Get the tutorial at Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Matching Hearts

Photo by Happily Ever Mom

This simple activity from Happily Ever Mom introduces race with kids as they match skin-toned mini hearts with big ones using multicultural markers. Kids can color in the hearts or you can color them in advance. Don’t hesitate to mix and match the colored-hearts to show that we all belong together.

Diversity Princess Activity

Photo by Ashton’s Laughing Place

Your Disney fans will love this activity, which explores race and diversity with their favorite princesses. Ask them to color in the boxes based on the best shade for each character’s hair, skin and dress. You can easily expand this learning exercise to include other diverse toys you have at home, too. Get the tutorial at Ashton’s Laughing Place.


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