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Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A variety of dress-up clothes, for both genders and gender neutral items, including a variety of scarves and pieces of cloth to supplement dress-up clothes

Preparation for Activity

  • Set out the clothes for easy viewing.

Description of Activity

Invite participants to dress up in any clothes available. Encourage them to put on whatever appeals to them. Scarves and pieces of fabric can be draped in all kinds of ways. Encourage creativity.

Leave a few minutes to re-gather the group and lead a discussion with these questions:

  • Do you like to dress up? When are some times you have had fun dressing up?
  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a boy (if you are a girl) or a girl (if you are a boy)?
  • What are some things you think girls do that boys don't?
  • What are some things you think boys do that girls don't?

If you notice that none of the participants dressed in the other's gender point that out. Say something like:

I noticed that all the boys wore "boy dress up clothes" and all the girls wore "girl clothes". Why do you think that is?

If you did notice cross-gender dressing, say:

I noticed that you all had fun wearing different gender clothes. How does it feel to you to wear clothes you don't usually?

If possible, allow participants to keep the dress-up clothes on for the remainder of the session. Or, have them remove the clothes and put them away at the end of the activity.

Including All Participants

Set up this activity with words that will make all participants comfortable. Avoid instructions and comments that make assumptions about individual children's gender identity or choices.

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