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Disastrous DIY

Tell a story full of DIY mishaps – then work out how to prevent them happening to you.

You will need

  • Pens or pencils
  • Scrap paper
  1. Split into groups of about ten people. Give each group a pen and a piece of paper.
  2. Each group should sit in a circle. They are going to make up a story about an unsafe DIY project.
  3. Nominate a writer in each group. They should write down each accident and keep a list.
  4. The first person starts by saying ‘I went to do some DIY, but I…’, finishing the sentence with an example of an accident (such as ‘I hit my thumb with a hammer’. They should also mime doing the action.
  5. The second person should repeat the first person’s sentence, adding ‘and then I…’ with their own example of an accident, doing all of the actions along the way. For example: ‘I went to do some DIY but I hit my thumb with a hammer, and then I got a splinter in my eye’.
  6. Each player takes it in turns to say the full story so far, adding their own accident on to the end. At least some people need to use examples with electric tools.
  1. Once everyone has had a turn at remembering and adding their own example of an accident, groups should go through the list and talk about how they could avoid each accident.


This activity helped you to develop your communication. Did you have to listen to others to remember what they said? Was it easy to come up with ideas? How did you pay attention for the whole game? Who came up with a great idea for a safety tip?

This activity also helped you learn to be responsible. Do you know how to use tools safely? Could you be trusted to use tools responsibly now? Why is it important to use self-control around tools? Would you be able to keep yourself safe even if no one was watching you?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.