Whether you need to entertain a co-ed group of kids for a few hours or you are committed philosophically to raising your child in a more gender neutral manner, it's helpful to have a few activities up your sleeve in case boredom sets in. Luckily, many classic childhood favorites are fun for boys and girls.
During the warmer months, you'd be hard pressed to find a child who does not like to get wet, whether male or female. Turn on the sprinklers and let the kids run through them, or provide water balloons for an epic battle. If you have plenty of time, teach the kids how to make popsicles with juice, paper cups and popsicle sticks placed in the freezer. Alternatively, create an obstacle course with the lawn furniture that gets the kids leaping, crawling and climbing.
Bundle up those boys and girls for some winter fun. Slide down snowy inclines perched on a sled or a thick piece of cardboard. Challenge the kids to a snowman making contest or see who can make the most snow angels. Once they're ready to warm up inside, invite them in to watch a family movie and sip hot cocoa. Fold up some blank paper and have the kids snip shapes out of the sides to make paper snowflakes they can hang in the windows.
Making art appeals to children of both genders. Provide a stack of thick paper, and an assortment of colorful paints and brushes and let the kids dig in. This is a good time to mention that there are no "boy colors" or "girl colors," and that they each are free to choose any hue they like for their painting. Alternatively, provide old magazines and glue for making collages, or clay for creating 3-D art.
Organized games encourage everyone to play together, rather than segregate themselves into boy and girl groups. Head outside for a boisterous game of tag, Red Rover, or tug of war. Other time-tested favorite include hide and seek, duck duck goose, and follow the leader. If you'd rather be inside, board games, like Monopoly or Uno, work well for groups of three to six children. For a larger group, try charades or Simon Says.
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