Diversity Activities for Kids

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Use these team and whole group activities with upper elementary students to help them connect to diversity in the classroom. Students will engage with each other by sharing their diverse strengths, abilities, ideas, and interests.

Diversity Activities for Kids

Teaching diversity can feel uncomfortable because it brings attention to our differences. Oftentimes, we focus on what we all have in common in order to promote unity and cooperation. However, it's important to teach students to acknowledge, value, and celebrate diversity within the classroom.

Common areas of visible diversity include race, culture, and sometimes disability. These whole-class and team activities focus on invisible diversity, such as strengths, ideas, abilities, and interests. These activities would be a great way to introduce the topic of diversity. For example, they could build toward reading a story that highlights diverse cultures or religions or conducting a multicultural festival.

Strength in Numbers

It's important for students to understand that diversity adds value to our lives. This team activity provides students hands-on experience in the importance of diversity in everyday life. Before the activity, provide students with a strengths survey that includes things like technology, building, writing, and speaking. Create teams that provide a variety of student strengths. For example, a team may include two students with strength in technology, two who are good at building, one great writer, and an outgoing student who enjoys speaking.

Provide students with a unique challenge, such as building a new community center. Provide time for them to brainstorm the components they want to include in the center. Provide students with a task list with some basic steps, such as creating blueprints, presenting the ideas to city officials for approval, building the structure, and advertising the ribbon cutting ceremony. Have students write down which teammate would be best at each task. As a class, discuss whether the tasks could be accomplished if all teammates had the same strength and how each teammate's strength would help achieve their goal.

  • Materials: Strengths survey, task list, notebook paper, writing utensil

Celebration of Ideas

Focusing on the diversity of ideas is useful because students see that diversity does not just mean what we can see on the outside. This whole-class activity guides students through the process of generating ideas on a given topic and appreciating the perspectives of their classmates. Provide students with a school problem to solve, such as improving the cafeteria menu or providing more activities for students to do when they arrive early for school. Have individual students brainstorm ideas about how they would solve the problem.

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