After a workshop session on cultural awareness, I was asked, “Does this really matter? Will adding skin-tone crayons classroom activities for preschoolers a difference in children’s lives? Yes,” I said, “skin-tone crayons help a child become aware of who he is and who others are. Before that, however, we have a good chance to help children develop positive feelings about their racial and cultural identity.
We can also challenge the immature thinking that is typical of very young children. As these three factors interact, young children progress through certain stages of racial and cultural awareness. In this article, we’ll talk first about the stages of racial awareness. Then we’ll give you some ideas for activities that will help children accept themselves and others.