Yes or no ?
Boys and girls are different.
You might also wish to ask which of these babies is a girl and which is a boy and how can they tell?
( the baby in the frilly pink hat is a boy)
Follow up suggestion
Ask the children to draw round one girl and one boy on large paper.
Read The following old nursery ryhme
What are little boys made of ?
Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails
That’s what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice and all things nice
That’s what little girls are made of.
Ask the children for their first thoughts on this poem.
Record their responses.
Ask the girls to work together to draw/write what they think “girls are made of” inside their outline of the life size girl. Ask the boys to do the same with their outline.
When finished bring the two pieces of paper back to the circle and discuss the observations as a community of enquiry.
What happens if we repeat this activity but this time ask the children to fill in the outline of the opposite gender?
Other follow up activities
These could include making up own rhymes based on what they feel girls and boys are.
Observations and recordings of the roles of boys and girls in the classroom can be used as stimulus to start an enquiry on whether girls and boys play differently.
Interesting questions for is to consider….
How did you know which group to join when you did the activity?
If girls and boys all had to wear only shades of blue what might happen?
If we had no such words as girl or boy would it matter?
Can we be both a girl and a boy at the same time?