Category: Active

Active icebreakers! These games will get people moving, whether it’s running around, jumping, dancing, hiding, dodging, or some other action. You’ll probably get a little bit of a workout after playing these kinds of icebreaker games! Some of these games may burn some serious calories. Either way, you are sure to have a great deal of fun!

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Word Chains

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Test memory skills and on the spot thinking with Word Chains, a highly adaptable icebreaker for smaller groups. Players will sit in a circle and list words in a category. They must remember the words said previously and think of unique words to add. This icebreaker challenges memory skills and is great for players of any age. Word Chains naturally gets more difficult the longer it's played. This means that players will be able to take the game to their skill level organically. One variation of Word Chains is to start the game with the phrase, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring…" Each player would add an item to the list after listing everything that came before. Any category of object can be used for Word Chains,…
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Song Sync

Active, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
The object of the game is to get more in touch with your group's music tastes by identifying songs they know or have listened to. This activity can be done anywhere that allows for clear communication between the group. The game is played in any size group and will require a lot of listening and a room that is quiet enough to communicate easily in. The game will allow for players to also inject some of their own personality into the way they say the song lyrics. Materials Needed: What you will need to play song sync: Music knowledge A phone or computer to check claims A timer How to Set Up Song Sync Game Pick a word that you hear a lot when listening to music like the word "hey"…
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Marshmallow Toss

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Party Games
Toss marshmallows to your teammates as they try to catch as many as possible with their mouth in a set amount of time. Recommended ages: This game is best for ages 12 and up. Recommended number of people: Marshmallow Toss works well for groups of 8 or more people. Materials needed: Marshmallows (large, not mini marshmallows) Timer or stopwatch Plastic bags (for clean up) Masking tape or cones (for marking boundaries) How to set up the game: To set up for the marshmallow toss game you should make lines on the ground to set distance barriers. Use masking tape on a solid surface or plastic cones on a grassy surface. Set the distance so that it’s appropriate for the age group of the people who will be playing the game. They…
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Air Balloons

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
  See which group has the strongest lungs by trying to keep your balloon in the air for longer than the other teams, using only your own air! Recommended ages: Air Balloons is an activity that is ideal for ages 10 – 25. Recommended number of people: This game is best played with groups of 8+ people. It is not ideal for small groups. Materials needed: In order the play this game you will need the following materials: Basic rubber balloons for air A timer or stopwatch for each team Optional: small paper or plastic fans How to set up the game: If you would like you can have each team blow up their balloons, but to make the game fairer it is better if you inflate all the balloons…
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Hot and Cold Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Talking Games
The Hot and Cold game is a simple, crowd pleasing icebreaker game! It gets the crowd going. Simply choose a mystery action and have a volunteer try to figure it out. The group cheers for them loudly when they are closer to doing the action and boos them when they are farther away. This game is best for ages 12+ and ideal for groups of 6+ people. Large groups are okay. Multiple groups can also play this simultaneously. Materials Required: No materials are required for this game, although you can use any props around the room that are available to you. How to set up the Hot and Cold Game: You do not need to do anything to prepare for this game. All that’s needed is the group members themselves, although…
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Best Skills Showdown Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Team building
Compete against other teams in a series of mini-games to see who has the ultimate collection of talent and weird skills! This activity works best as a large or extra large group activity (15+ people), ages 8 and up. Materials required: We recommend that you bring any props desired for activities. For example: Bandanas (or other blindfolding material) Plastic cones (to mark boundaries in activities) Balloons Foam balls Measuring tape How to set up the game: If any props require setup before they can be used, prepare them ahead of time. Prepare a list of mini-games for the game. Otherwise, this game requires no setup. How to play: Separate the large group into smaller teams of 4-6 people, depending on how large the group is. Announce the first activity that each team…
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Animal Sounds

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games
Find the other person in the room with the same animal as you by making the noise your assigned animal makes! Animal Sounds is a very simple icebreaker that gets people to act as animals to and find other of the same animals just by listening and making the specific animal sounds! This icebreaker is good for kids aged 6 and up. Unless folks are young at heart, it is not as ideal for adults above 25 years old due to its animal silliness! Animal Sounds is best for larger groups of 15+ people. Materials needed To play the Animal Sounds icebreaker, you will need: Pieces of paper 1 pen or pencil Fabric blindfolds for each player in the game How to set up the game: Prepare the papers ahead of the…
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Newspaper Towers

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
Compete against other teams to see who can build the largest tower using only one ingredient – newspaper! Newspaper Towers (also known as Build the Tower) is a great teambuilding activity involves creativity, coordination, and teamwork! This activity works best for people ages 8 and up. It works great for groups of six to fifteen people. Materials needed A lot of newspapers -- be sure to recycle them! A timer or stopwatch Rolls of scotch tape Measuring tape How to set up Newspaper Towers Collect as many newspapers as possible in advance and separate them into equal piles. If you know how many people will be there, create 1 pile for each team you will have, but if you don’t know the group size just create equal piles of newspapers with…
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Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group
Battle it out to see who is the rock, paper, scissors champion of the group -- as the losers of each mini-round cheer the remaining winners on! This game works best for ages 12 and up. It's recommended for large or extra large groups of 15+ people. Setup for Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors No special materials are required to play this game, making it convenient and free to play. How to play Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors Have each member of the group pair up for the first round of rock, paper, scissors. If there is an odd number, add the odd person out to another pair and have them do a quick knock-out match to form a pair. Alternatively, you can ask for a volunteer to participate as a referee with you. Everyone should be…
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Name Aerobics

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games
Name Aerobics is a simple icebreaker to help group members introduce themselves in a fun and energetic way! You can think of it was a name memorization activity with a touch of aerobics. It's good for players ages 10+. This activity works best with medium or large sized groups of 6+ people each. Materials required There are no required materials to play this game. You can play it anywhere with just the members of the group! Indoors (such as in a classroom) may be the most ideal place to play. How to set up the game The ideal setup is to have all group members standing in a circle, but you can also have the individuals take turns coming in front to introduce themselves. Placing people in a circle may help those who…
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