In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
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:
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.
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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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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