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Why Inclusive Toys Are About More Than Play Time

Toys that reflect real-life differences in skin color, hair, body type and more can help children feel more accepted, experts say.
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From Barbies with curves to dolls with disabilities, kids have more options for play.

This representation matters.

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Toys are becoming more inclusive.

Experts say toys that challenge stereotypes about beauty and what's "normal" have a positive impact. 

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"When children are playing with toys and they are seeing their skin color and their family formation … that again just says, 'I am normal. I am part of this world. I am valued. I'm accepted,'" said Tarah Fleming, the education director of Our Family Coalition.

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