Supporting Boys?

“Sometimes practitioners find the chosen play of boys more difficult to understand and value than that of girls,”… “They may choose activities in which adults involve themselves least, or play that involves more action and a greater use of the available space, especially outdoors. Images and ideas gleaned from the media are common starting points in boys’ play and may involve characters with special powers or weapons. Adults can find this type of play particularly challenging and have a natural instinct to stop it.”

The Department for Children, Schools and Families advising nursery staff that boys playing with toy guns should not be discouraged. From a jolly publication called: Confident, Capable and Creative: Supporting Boys’ Achievements.


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  1. Yes. I have three boys. The vast majority of boys do not benefit from any form of formal early years education – I remember my eldest son’s teacher at a parents’ eve in his reception year (age 4/5) telling me that Harry was either under the table, on the table , pushing the table around the room pretending it was a train or trying to take the table to pieces to see how it was constructed – he simply could not sit at it and colour or try to form letters. Young (and older?) boys need to be physical and benefit from a lot of (preferably outdoor) space. The Swedish model of really only having an informal, largely outdoor education until the age of 6/7 is so much better for boys. It would do a lot for our obesity problem and also give children a greater understanding and appreciation of their environment if we embraced a similar approach instead of trying to force children to read and write before they need to do so.

    I have to say though that I really hate to see children playing with guns. I tried to ban them in my house but the children just made their own out of sticks and stuff. At least it was creative I suppose.

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