Dear Father Christmas
My name is Darcy Curl and I’m a new doll ‘born’ in June. I was created by London mother and 6 year old daughter duo who were struggling to find a mixed race doll that celebrated all the great things about going to school.
I know you and the Elves are very busy getting ready to buy the best toys and games for all the good little boys and girls in the World. Maybe you have been reading the lists of Must Have Toys from the UK’s largest toy retailers to see what might be in demand.
I wanted to write a letter about toys like me that often get missed from these list. Toys, books and gifts which showcase children I see every day but rarely in the toyshop across the land.
Below is a list of my favourite inclusive toys, books and gifts. I will keep adding to this list until December 24th. Hopefully this will leave you and the Elves enough time to buy everything you need.
Looking forward to see you and my friends below in the North Pole very soon.
Darcy Curl. Xx
PS - Can you and the elves sign our petition to get more inclusive toys stocked at Toys R Us by 2020?
Inclusive Toys, Books and Gifts for Christmas 2017
Hip Hop: You Can Do Anything – written by awarding winning artist Akala, this picture book follows the adventures of Hip, a wise hippo; and Hop, his energetic bird friend are taking part in the Blueberry Hill bike race. Hop struggles at first, but with help from Hip, they learn that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it!
Femi the Fox – Will Femi the Fox learn a valuable lesson on his hunt for some Jollof rice? Written by Team GB Olympian, Jeanette Kwakye, this is a tale teaching children about West African cooking and culture, using Femi the Fox and his friends. With beautiful illustrations from South African based illustrator, Katlego Kgabale, this is sure to be a firm favourite in many homes.
Lottie Dolls – I always enjoy sharing the toy box with Lottie dolls. Her body proportions and general look is inspired by the children who play with her. My favourite characters are Kite flyer Flynn, Brownie Lottie and Mia the Wildlife Photographer who is a collaboration with 'Toy Like Me' a UK non-profit who campaign for diversity in the toy-box and for better representation of disabilities so that differently abled children can see themselves reflected
Lego City Bus Station - Who doesn’t love Lego? The Lego City Bus Station features a range of figurines including passengers in a wheelchair and an accessible bus, complete with wheelchair ramp and wheelchair access symbol.
Chewy Moon - All the kids I know love to snack but there are many kids who have to be careful what they eat due to health reasons. This healthy snack subscription boxes are great for all types of eaters – sugar, gluten, diary or nut free? There’s a box personalised just for you. All the snacks from Chewy Moon have been created by a nutritionist. Now the grown ups don’t need to worry at snack time!
Nana Dolls are African inspired fashion dolls created by award winning singer songwriter Fuse ODG. Designed to fill the gap in the market for black play dolls Nana Dolls are a welcome stylish addition to any toybox. My ‘mummy’ is from Ghana so I’m hoping that Father Christmas brings me one. Its what my toy box needs!