Have you heard of persona dolls? They are great for introducing diversity. You'll get lots of info if you google it but briefly: You use dolls specially made to reflect a particular element of a diverse society so it could be a doll with glasses, with a skin colour under represented in your area, with a story about being bullied, being disabled etc. You start with a doll very similar to most of the children in the class and set up their 'persona' through getting the doll to 'talk to the children. You encourage the children to help the doll solve it's problems. Then move on to a doll the children will be less familiar with e.g. one which is an orphan or one with a disability or one which is a traveller. The idea is to get the children to feel they know the doll and its background and begin to feel that this is something they understand - not something different and potentially worrying You need to use a doll which is specially for the purpose and one which could conceivably be seen to be around the age of the children in your class. Don't use the big puppets which you move their mouth as these could easily be made fun of - you need the children to like the doll and be interested in their problems. Hope this is useful - if not - sorry for the long ramble.