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Celebrate Pride As A Family

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Celebrate what makes each of us unique with age-appropriate activities that honor the LGBTQIA+ community: 

  • Babies and Toddlers: Create your rainbow puzzle to illustrate diversity to your little one. 
  • Preschoolers: Make a sign you can hang in or outside your home to show you’re an ally to this community. 
  • Prekindergarteners: Mix up where everyone sits for dinner and talk about how it feels to be sitting in the wrong place and how it feels to see someone else in your chair. 
  • School-Age Kids: Normalize non-traditional family structures and break gender stereotypes by making make a list of chores and asking your child to match the chore to parent. (Hint: any one can do any chore!) 
Celebrate Pride As A Family 
As we welcome the warmth of June, we celebrate Pride, a vibrant, rainbow-filled recognition of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

At KinderCare, it's important for us to celebrate Pride in our classrooms and centers as part of our anti-bias approach to education. “There are children in our programs who identify as LGBTQIA+, or will as they grow older, or have parents or other family members who do,” says Rashelle Chase, Content Architect on KinderCare’s Education Innovation team. “It's meaningful for all children to see their identities and experiences reflected back at them through curriculum. It's equally valuable for children to learn about people who are different from themselves.”  

These experiences help children build important social-emotional and cognitive skills. “When we help children understand that differences and similarities should all be celebrated, they see that everyone is an important part of our community,” says Rashelle. “If we fail to reflect diversity in our programs, children develop a limited understanding of the world and those they share it with. ” 

To continue this learning at home, try these age-appropriate activities that celebrate what makes us all unique and honors this community. 

Celebrate Pride as a Family

Babies and Toddlers 
Rainbows bring bright color and light to the sky. Not only are they a symbol of happiness, but they are also a wonderful way to illustrate diversity to your little one. In our centers, we will be creating art with rainbows, and we invite you to bring that experience home too. Design your own puzzle by cutting out “U” shapes in variety of sizes and colors. Then have your little one put their own rainbow together. As you make the puzzle, talk about how each shade is different and unique, and how well they work together to create some that’s beautiful. When you complete that, why not try another adventure like going on a rainbow hunt? Click here for details on this and other rainbow-inspired activities.  

Preschoolers 
Singer, dancer, YouTube star, Jo Jo Siwa recently came out as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. When she did, many allies supported her bravery. In our classrooms, we’ll be talking about ways we can be allies for others, celebrate everyone for who they are, and not mistreating people who may be different. One activity we’ll be doing is creating inspirational posters to hang in our learning space to let others know that this is a safe place for self-expression. You can do the same at home with your preschooler. Get out your craft supplies and create a sign you can hang in your home or in your window letting others know that you are an ally too.  

Prekindergarteners 
Ashton Motam is a young, queer activist who fought to be addressed by his preferred name, play on the boys' basketball team, and use the bathroom he feels the safest in to be his authentic self. We will be reading Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall. A blue crayon is mistakenly labeled as “red” and, like Ashton, finds the courage to be true to their inner self. Bring this learning home by mixing up where everyone sits for dinner. Once you all are in your “new” seats, talk about how it feels to be sitting in the wrong chair, using different utensils, and how it feels to see someone else in your chair. Then, you can switch back and discuss how good it feels to be in your own space where you feel the most confident and happy.  

School-Age Children 
In our classrooms, we’ll be reading books that show diversity in family structures like My Family, Your Family by Kathryn Cole and Cornelia Li to honor the work of Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark case led the Supreme Court to grant same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time. To help normalize non-traditional family structures and break gender stereotypes, make a list of chores and ask your child to match the chore to parent. (Hint: any one can do any chore!) Talk about why people think moms should do the dishes while dads should mow the lawn. Maybe dad actually likes vacuuming and being a stay-at-home parent while mom enjoys fixing the car and working outside the home. Every family is unique, every family is different, and that’s what makes your family so special. 

As your child learns more about others, they will grow into informed, accepting adults. Just by having these conversations, we begin to create an inclusive community where everyone can grow. 
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