Young children draw what they know - themselves, their families, hobbies, and favorite places. In elementary school, I recall a time when I was drawing myself but then was confused about what color to fill in for my skin color.
Was I brown? But I wasn't THAT brown. My skin isn't black, white, orange, or peach. I ended up using the brown crayon and coloring with it lightly to "achieve" my tan skin, as you see in the Teacher Model picture above.
Multicultural supplies are resources that can help children feel seen and represented at home and at school. I did not even know that these products existed until I became a teacher. Recently, I went to Walmart and I was SO excited to see the "Colors of the World" section. Before, I had gotten packs of the multicultural crayons with only 8 colors and now, Crayola has expanded to 32 total colors to cover multiple skin and eye shades.
I put together some links for you to view and purchase multicultural supplies for your home and/or school! I encourage teachers and family members with young children to add these into your collection of classroom and craft supplies.
If you are a new teacher, your school may reimburse the money that you spend out of pocket for your students and/or you can set up your own donation fund through DonorsChoose.
Links to Multicultural Supplies:
If you know of any People of Color businesses who are selling similar products, please comment below with their info. :)