It’s normal for young kids to notice how people look—short, tall, thin, fat, skin color, and gender differences. These new perceptions stem from a growing sense of their own physical identity as well as their keen curiosity about the world. Observe and respond to their curiosity. For example, if your child points to a child whose hair is very different from hers, you can say, "He has straight hair, and you have curly hair." Make sure your child has dolls, puppets, puzzles, books, and other toys that show characters of different races and cultures.