Kids Apps Showing Diversity
Help your child to become a person who accepts and appreciates differences in others.
As children grow up, it is important for them to see diverse representations in the media they consume and to learn about other cultures. Diversity in apps helps them to understand that the world around them is filled with different kinds of people. With understanding comes tolerance, acceptance, and maybe even appreciation.
The apps on this list show diversity in many ways. Some showcase a group of friends who are culturally and/or racially diverse (see Dora and Friends, Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine, Middle School Confidential series), while others offer many diverse characters to use in telling stories (see all the Toca Boca and My PlayHome apps). In some, diversity appears as a lead character who isn't white, such as Doc McStuffins and Dora. And in others, diverse characters are just baked into the app (such as Artie's Magic Pencil, Safari School, Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings, Toca Band, Toca Dance, Reading Rainbow Skybrary, Wizard School, the Thinkrolls series, and more).
Some of the apps on this list focus on sharing multicultural stories. Check out Grandma's Great Gourd for a fun romp about a Bengali grandmother, and Dragon Brush for a stunning interactive story app based on a Chinese folk tale.
Other apps model families that are multi-racial, as those seen in Goldilocks and Little Bear and Cinderella, both by Nosy Crow. Many broaden the stereotypes of career choices for both girls and boys (see Little Farmers, Cool Careers Dress Up for Girls, the SMART Adventure Mission Math series, and Princess Fairy Tale Maker).
Several of the apps on this list offer the ability to create detailed avatars so that kids can design characters that look like them or are delightfully different (see Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens, Mystery Word Town and Mystery Math Town apps, Tiny Pirates, Me by Tinybop, and many more). We also applaud the apps that incorporate characters using wheelchairs, like the ones seen in the Toca Life series and Wee Trains.
Apps with themes about accepting others who are different can have a profound impact on kids. These apps move the needle in teaching tolerance and understanding of others. Check out Wee You-Things, Me by Tinybop, Lucy Ladybird, Brave Rooney, and The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin.
The diversity apps on this list are arranged by age, starting with those for the youngest player at the top.