Both boys and girls enjoyed the cardboard and plastic tubes, but it was predominately boys who used them. Every session (8 sessions during the day) saw around 10 - 15 boys continually playing sword fights, light sabre battles, weight lifting and making pirate ships with boxes and tubes. These were boys of all ages from 5 to 12!
The cardboard boxes were popular with boys mainly. Lots wanted to sit inside them, especially the younger pupils. If we had had much bigger boxes, I wonder if the older boys would have done the same. This boy, in the photo below, spent a good 5 minutes in the box. He closed all the flaps so you couldn't see him and then made a gap to look through. He was very entertained by it!
At every session some pupils put all the boxes together to make a car or ship and worked collaboratively to role play, usually pirates!
Above is a pirate ship with bubble wrap sail!
The boxes and tubes (donated by a parent) were very very popular and amazing to see how much fun they got from them.
Two teachers commented that it was good to see the boys (mostly) getting some of their aggression out during sword fighting play and they said if they were allowed to play like this more often then they would be more settled in class.
Only 2 pupils out of around 450 got hurt when using the boxes and tubes and both were very minor injuries.
The only downside was when the drizzle came on, then heavy rain in the afternoon and the boxes got soggy and fell apart!