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Which wood would be good?

Can your pair make sure that five customers get the right type of wood for their DIY project?

You will need

  • Pens or pencils
  • A copy of the wood grid for each pair
  • A copy of the customer questions
  • Wood samples (optional)
Types of wood
JPG – 1.0MB
Customer questions
PDF – 76.6KB

Before you begin

  • If possible, gather samples of the five types of wood for everyone to see, touch, and pass around. A DIY shop may be able to give you samples or offcuts for free.
  • You may want to label each sample, so it’s obvious what type of wood it is.

Play the game

  1. Split into pairs. Give each pair a copy of the wood grid, and a pen.
  2. Pass around the samples of wood, if you have them. Everyone should look carefully at the wood, feel its surface, and feel how heavy it is.
  3. The person leading the game should pretend to be the first customer by reading out the first customer question.
  4. Each pair should use the information in the grid (and the samples of wood) to help them decide which type of wood the customer needs. They should write the customer’s name on their grid, underneath the right type of wood.
  5. The person leading the game should continue reading the customer questions, giving the pairs enough time to talk about and write down their answers.
  6. The game is finished once everyone has matched the customers to the wood they need.


This activity needed you to problem solve. How did you narrow down your options to get the right answer? Was it easy? Did it get easier or more difficult as more customers arrived? Could you do it quickly, or was it better to take your time? Could you choose the right wood as soon as you knew what the person was making, or did you need the extra information?

This activity also needed you to communicate well. How important was listening? Did your pair always agree, or did you have to talk about your thoughts? Was it easy to explain your answers to each other? Did the customers give you helpful information about what they needed?


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.

If you handle wood, make sure it’s sanded, and be careful to avoid splinters.