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We Need More Black Dolls Too

We live in a world where small families are becoming normalised and children are surrounded with fewer or no siblings and so dolls help to fill that gap. No child’s childhood is complete without he or she having had no dolls as toys to play with. Over the years, dolls have become increasingly rampant as part of a child’s early life, so much that 9 in every 10 children; from the ages of 3-10, has a doll. One of the fun parts of growing up as a kid was owning a doll, because without it, “childhood” will be nothing short of boring.

The earliest dolls can be traced back to the ancient civilisation of Greece, Egypt, and Rome, in the 100AD’s; where dolls were made as playthings and served as forms for art expression. But in recent times, and with the aid of industrialisation, dolls are becoming something more,-close to a child’s best friend and play mate. The appearances of the modern day dolls are nothing short of perfection, resembling the human figure in almost every way; made and packaged in different sizes, big, medium and small, so as to suit the intended preferences of the owner or buyer. Many doll manufacturing companies have taken the invention and production of dolls to a whole new level, yet still a question remains unanswered; which is, why don’t these companies make black dolls too?

 

 

Majority people think that dolls are made and meant for only the female genders, which in facts, is not completely true, and cannot hold water, because some boys love dolls just as much as girls do. Dolls are playthings, made for both genders, as there are both male and female dolls sculpted all around the world. Thus, if dolls are fun toys for children of both genders; showing no stereotype, why then are there less to zero black dolls present in the doll market industries? Some of these doll-manufacturing companies like Target produce lots of beautiful dolls that are well designed and packaged, but base their productions on only white dolls, with little or no black dolls produced, thereby promoting racial discrimination amongst children, at a very tender age.

For years, the black race has been looked down on, scorned and perceived as unequal in comparison to the white race, causing the black man to be treated unjustly in a world that they should be accepted, but is that reason enough that only white dolls be made? This can affect the mentality of a black child, that if it isn’t white, then it is no doll. The black child is then antagonized into growing up in a world that does not represent her because she’s being influenced to believe that white doll is all that should be acceptable.

Although many doll companies/stores such as the Queens of Africa Dolls, Ikuzi Dolls, Positively Perfect Dolls etc., and others alike, having realised that the absence of black dolls in the doll market industries doesn’t help the situation, have taken measures to produce and manufacture black dolls, but there are only a few of them; which still raises the flag that white dolls are produced mostly. Besides, some of these large black dolls companies don’t cater to both genders.

How then do you teach a black child self- love if she cannot learn to love herself first, if she cannot see herself as beautiful, and if she cannot love her skin colour; when in every store she goes to, there are only white dolls being sold?  As little as it may look, manufacturing only white dolls is capable of doing more than that. It is capable of causing a black child a low self-esteem. It can also go a long way in passing the wrong messages to a child from a tender age that black isn’t beautiful.  Hence with the modern age and civilisation, black dolls should be manufactured and produced just as much as the white dolls are. And to the very few companies  already producing black dolls, they should be encouraged to produce more, as this could help a black child learn quickly that owning means is just as much as the same as owning a white doll.

Many black women with their black kids need these black dolls to represent them, promoting self-love in the black race. So that when these kids play with these dolls, they can see themselves in it, and thus redefining the beauty of a black woman. It will also change the way black children look at themselves, rather than inferior, they’d see themselves as equals. The point here is not to say that white dolls should no longer be manufactured, they should, but so should black dolls; as it’s very rare to see white kids go into a doll store to pick out a black doll, than you see a black kid do the same.  When a black child sees a doll looking exactly like her, bearing her features, familiarity is first acknowledged, and then the child quickly learns to see herself as beautiful.

Dolls are generally a “must have” toys to kids growing up, and there are so many different types you can find in the doll markets and stores. Thus since dolls are fun toys to be used and played with by kids, white dolls should not only be the type produced in doll market industries. White kids also need racial diversity represented in their toys, and so more black dolls should be produced by doll market industries and stores too, to help foster acceptance, friendship, love and care between children of all races. It will help build their character and self-esteem, teaching our young children self-love.

 

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20 Top Benefits Of Toys And Playtime To Kids

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Every child deserves the best upbringing they can get, but it is very important that they are brought up in the right environment where they can be themselves, express themselves, learn and adapt to new things the right way.

It is also very important that kids are given the space to explore, as this is when they can truly discover their true potentials.

Thus, if this is the case, what then makes a child happy? What fascinates them? The answer to these questions is simple. Kids are most happy when they play. They love to play and you just cannot take away play from their childhood. They can play with anything and everything; as long as it’s playable.

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With that in mind, we can all agree that you can never talk of children and what makes them happy without mentioning toys. It is that obvious that kids and toys are inseparable. And by toys, I mean anything that a kid can play with safely for fun. Yes, toys are playthings; they make a child’s playtime fun and interesting. I’m guessing that’s why all kids love to play with toys.

For a fact, kids in their nature are very curious, and are often triggered or tempted to play with toys that may cause harm to them. This is why it is very essential that parents make sure to monitor their children at playtime and what they play with.

Why do kids like toys?

Naturally, kids get bored quickly whenever they are idle, but lighten up the moment they are told to go play. And playtime is just that break-away moment from stress that every child needs. It is when they learn to make friends with kids their age and communicate easily amongst each other. This is why in primary institutions, children are always given a break time from lessons….as this gives them a moment to revitalise and regain mental strength, so that they can easily assimilate what they are taught in class.

Toys induce excitement in kids when they play.  If they didn’t, then kids wouldn’t play with them. They serve as a means of entertainment for kids that keep them busy.

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Let’s look at some of the benefits of toys and playtime to children:

  • Play is very essential to a child’s development; whether it’d be physically, emotionally, socially, mentally, etc.
  • Children can only develop their unique potentials when they are given the opportunity to play games and toys with others their age.
  • Play is necessary for their brain development too. When they play, they become inspired and creative.
  • When kids play with each other, they learn to work in groups, exchange ideas/knowledge amongst themselves (ideas and solve puzzles or problems) (maybe you should simple add “to solve puzzles or problems”.
  • Kids are quick to realize what interest them when they interact with one another.
  • When kids are given the freedom to play, they easily express themselves as they play with their toys.
  • Toys teach kids from the very young age how to interact with people; this is seen in how they interact with their toys.
  • When a kid loves to play with a certain type of toy, parents can easily guess their likes and dislikes just by that.
  • Toys teach kids a sense of responsibility, in that they cherish their toys so much that they would feel bad or probably cry if a toy gets damaged or missing—teaching them to care for what they love.
  • Owning a toy or toys gives a kid a sense of accountability and ownership, because they know that it is theirs and would protect it so much.
  • Toys are colourful, interesting and kids learn a lot from them.
  • Play is like experimentation to kids. They experiments with their ideas/senses, while they play with these toys. They are able to pick out toys that are safe to play with it and those that aren’t.
  • Some shape-like toys can help kids familiarize the different kind of shapes there is.
  • Toys can also be used to teach kids how to differentiate colours; telling them apart from one another.
  • In toys, kids find friendship, and they easily form a bond playing with the toys they love.
  • Educational toys can teach kids some basic things they need to know such as the different shapes; rectangle, triangle, circle etc.
  • There are different types of toys; like dolls, and you can easily guess that dolls are a girl’s best play mate. Some kids (girls) learn the need to take care of themselves and belongings from that early age by the way they play dress games and teatime with their dolls.
  • With toys; alphabetical toys to be precise, little kids can learn to read and write.
  • Playing with the right toys help kids to develop the right attitude towards people and their environment.
  • Playtime is a recreation for kids, and when they play with their kids their age or with toys, they make the most out of it.

Every parent should be made aware the importance of play in the lives of their children, which is why here at RefinedToys.co.uk we do our bests to offer you the best of our toy collections; and you’ll be rest assured that your kids will love our products.