Play is the universal language of children. Kidding, the little ones assimilate the information of the world and construct their first references of the other and of themselves. Therefore, it is essential to think about what toy profile we offer the child, after all, the more diversity there is at the moment, the wider the worldview. Educator and researcher Waldorf Nina Veiga explains that “the doll is an expression of language, it is a way of symbolically expressing what surrounds us”.
It is from this understanding that dolls of varied profiles, such as the collection of presidential Barbies, created with the intention of inspiring girls to aspire leadership and subverter careers, or even the dolls created by the own families, in the intention to stimulate the children to feel represented in that toy, as the mother who sewed a doll with spots on her hair and for her daughter.
Now the Australian brand Leave It To Leslie – Knowing Specific Early Childhood Needs , specializing in childcare, inclusive and multicultural toys, has launched a line of dolls and dolls with the physical characteristics of people with Down syndrome.
Thus, the toy works not only as an element of identification for children with this genetic condition, but also as a propeller of greater diversity for other children. After all, respect, tolerance, and empathy begin in childhood.
In the presentation page of the toy, with a well-readable and accessible language, there is a description explaining what the syndrome is, to stimulate families and to begin a dialogue on the subject.
“Our bodies are made up of millions of cells, and in each cell there are 46 chromosomes, the DNA in our chromosomes determines how we develop.” Down syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome. cells instead of 46. They have an extra 21 chromosome, which is why Down syndrome is also known as trisomy 21.”
For now, the doll is marketed only through the internet, through the company’s website, but it can serve as an inspiration for Brazilian brands that are concerned with providing inclusive toys that are representative of the diversity of childhood.