Robin Hood and Maid Marian was our (first) quintessential boy/girl shoot, at least in the beginning. Here’s a story from my childhood:
When I was in first grade or so, my younger brothers and I had the brilliant idea (let’s be honest: I had the idea and then I got them to agree) to put on a nativity play for my parents. I decided that, as the oldest and tallest, I should be Joseph, my next younger brother should be Mary, and my youngest brother should be the angel. So I put both of them in my dresses, I made a construction paper beard for myself, and we put on the show for my mom and dad. It all seemed perfect, and we (by “we” I mean “I”) still laugh about it every time the photo albums come out.
To the point: my daughter loves to dress as a princess and could be one every single day (and we have the pictures to prove it!), but we needed something a little more manly for my son and that made him the center of attention in his sister’s girly world… and hopefully in a way that would keep him from hating me when he is eighteen and I am showing all his friends the family photo albums.
So Robin Hood. I found a tutorial online for sewing a simple Robin Hood hat, another for a princess hennin. I made simple costumes for the children (With the princess dress, I cut and sewed only straight lines. Here is the tutorial for that) In fact, everything we used was homemade, right down to the quiver and bow.
Once the cosplay portion of our photo shoot was done, we needed to develop a LARP. This is very simple with toddlers: you let them play. We told our daughter that she was Maid Marian, a princess, and we told our tiny boy that he could save her. And play with a bow. She twirled her heart out, and he pulled on his bow strings, and a good time was had by all.
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