"After a campaign for ‘greater diversity in the toybox’ went viral on social media, a British toy manufacturer has created a new range of dolls with disabilities."
"As well as models with walking sticks and hearing impairments, Makie has come up with toys bearing birthmarks and scars."
The new line of dolls - which will eventually also include a doll in a wheelchair, and includes the world's first doll with a facial birthmark - was created following in response to the #ToyLikeMe campaign which went viral on social media sites earlier this year.
The campaign was "initiated by parents of disabled children to makeover toys in a call for a better representation and diversity in the toy box", according to the Huffington Post. You can check out the campaign on Facebook, here.
The dolls cost £69 - I know, I know - but Makie custom-make each doll for its owner, and thus no two dolls are the same.
I was delighted to read about this - it never ceases to amaze me that the toy market has been so slow to adapt to the public’s appetite for toys that celebrate difference and champion diversity. I’m already a big fan of Lottie dolls, which are based on a child’s actual proportions, don’t wear make-up or jewellery and - get this - can actually stand on their own two feet. Eat that, Barbie.
But I think the idea of creating custom-made dolls that reflect children’s disabilities and differences is a much-needed further step. I can’t speak for anyone else’s children but I know that my own have at times struggled with what it means to be perceived as different, and anything that helps drive home the message to kids that conformity is over-rated, is a winner in my book.
But we’d love to hear your views on the Makie dolls. If you have a child with a disability, do you think a Makie doll would earn a place in your toy box?