n ews Do boys Summer 2011 Thinking back to the craft activity, the girls results come from their desire to please hate craft? the leader, and to do it ‘right’, so it’s best for them to do exactly as they have The curious case been shown. (Girls brains are significantly of the 13-eyed- larger than boys in the emotional areas— stereotypes do come from somewhere! alien from space. —relationships/ pleasing others is crucial.) ECG (ecgevent.org.uk) is a conference we’ve been Boys however like the freedom to ‘take involved in for a few years a risk’, to stick an extra bit of felt on the and where we’ve had great top and see if it looks like a giant afro! Iffun leading all-age and 7-11’s work there. In one of the kids sessions this Easter, it doesn’t work or looks stupid then itI was fascinated by one particular craft activity... the making of finger puppets. will just be rejected as a failed attempt without a second thought, or even madeWe split the 9-11 girls and boys into single sex groups for small group activities, into something more ridiculous becauseand following the games it was time for craft—all neatly laid on a sheet on the it’s funny! They need the freedom to movefloor. First up: the girls. The puppets were lovingly and carefully made as precise around (perhaps on a mat on the floor)replicas of the example that Hannah (who had prepared all the craft) had made, to get something or show someone theireven matching the hair, ‘skin’ and nose(!) colour! Next up: the boys. It couldn’t have creation so far!been more different! I’ve never seen such variety! They excitedly created puppetswith giant afros, 13-eyed-aliens from space, lions with crazy manes, men with weird Let’s do our best to think outside the box aand wonderful beards and even one poor puppet with a massive green nose! bit and think how we can do things that will help our boys to engage as well as our girlsA simple activity giving children the freedom to create what they wanted confirmed do… maybe single sex groups are the waymuch of what we’ve been thinking recently with regards to girls and boys (particularly forward?! Hmmm... the curious case of theage 7+) and how incredibly different they are. 13-eyed-alien from space continues...Boys don’t hate craft as the title of this page implies… I believe what boys actually For more reading on this stuff check outstruggle with is long, complicated, prescriptive crafts in which they are required to Slugs & Snails & Puppy Dogs Tails bybe still and ‘trapped’ around a table (which so many craft activities seem to be). Carolyn Edwards, The Wonder of GirlsOn our travels we often hear phrases like: ‘We have such trouble with the boys’; and The Wonder of Boys both by Michael‘The boys are so easily distracted’, ‘They just can’t sit and listen, or sit and do Gurian.anything!’. This really saddens me. I feel like we’re letting our boys down andcriticising them for being just who God has created them to be. Jo SquiresThere are always exceptions, but studies show that in the genetic make-up of boys Co-directoris the desire for risk and activity. Confining boys to a small area and asking them tosit still for long periods, is highly likely to result in fidgeting and ‘disengagement’. Thisis not because they are ‘naughty’ but, rather, because they have an inbuilt desire tobe active and take risks. How much space is there in our Sunday mornings to be really active and how comfortable would be allowing that to happen? Little people. BIG God. BIG Ministries Unit 4, West Court, Buntsford Park Road, Bromsgrove, B60 3DX t: 01527 556639 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: bigministries.co.uk BIG Ministries is a registered charity. No. 1116509. So there.
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