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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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Zip, Zap, Boing

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Rhythm
A quick thinking game like Hot Potato without a ball. Kids play it on the playground, drama students play it as a warm-up exercise, and party-goers play it as a drinking game.This versatile little distraction has many variations, each named differently after the words called. Most start with Zip; Zip Zap Zop, for example. The hard to pronounce Zoom Schwartz Profigliano is a related game. Both of the versions described below are best played with groups of about ten or more. Zip Zap Zop This most basic version of them game isn’t very challenging, but will get a group moving and using their voice, and get them used to paying attention and responding. It’s great for the start of a class! Set-Up Everyone stands in a circle. Rules The first…
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Bango Card Game

Active, Card Game, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Bango brings some of the atmosphere of the Bingo Hall to the family table. It is a very simple card game that can be played with children of almost any age. Play for counters, coins, or candy in a game of pure luck, where the toddlers can have the thrill of claiming victory over their elder siblings and parents. This game should be played with between three and ten players using two decks of cards, and more decks of cards can be added for even more players to join in (the more players, the better) until you’ll need a hire a hall and an announcer of your own. Set Up Two packs of cards are used, but are not mixed together (therefore to avoid confusion it is better to choose…
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Spoons

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Spoons is a game of speed, silliness, and having a sharp eye. It's engaging, fast paced, and intense! The first thing you need to play Spoons is a pack of playing cards. The second thing you need is… spoons. To be precise, you will need one less spoon than the number of players who will play. In other words, for seven players, you will need six spoons. Plastic spoons are totally fine. In the absence of spoons, please don’t attempt this game with knives or forks. Other than being inconsistent with the title of the game, it could actually cause injury. Still, if the scoopers cannot be acquired, play Spoons with sticks, beer mats, pens, or coins. The ideal number of players is the number that will fit comfortably in…
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1000 Blank White Cards

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group
1000 Blank White Cards is a unique and hilarious game that involves zaniness and creativity. Each person is handed ten blank white cards. These are the cards this game will be played with — but first, you have to write something on them to create interesting rules. In other words, you have to decide the effect of the cards, how points are scored, what people do on their turn, and even how the game is won. Being presented with a blank canvas like this might be intimidating at first, but after you see how it works, everybody will be brimming with crazy new ideas. This is a game that takes on the personality of you and your friends -- because it is created by you and your friends! It can…
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Sticker Ninja

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group
What is Sticker Ninja? Well, it's a game that requires stealth, agility, deception and the use of a hidden weapon to stick your opponents. Sticker Stalker makes for a nice, casual side-game at walk-around events where all guests are standing up and moving from group to group. Play it with any number of players — even as few as two, for a slightly absurd but intense competition. Stick another couple of tens of players in and that works well, too. Set-Up You will need to purchase a set of sticker sheets -- ten stickers per sheet is a quantity that works well. As guests enter the event, give them each a sheet of stickers. For “Pro" Sticker Ninja, give each player a different color or design of sticker, so you…
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Paper Snowball Fight!

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group
Paper Snowball Fight requires no real snow -- it's all about recreating a wintery fashioned snowball fight any time during the year! It is generally played in larger groups of friends but can be adjusted to fit a medium sized group as well. There are a few different you can play from the base game and it's fun to mix things up. The snowballs are fun and easy to make on top of costing you next to nothing! Materials Needed Paper Paint or markers Glue Cardboard How To Set Up The Game Divide the player group into two teams. Afterward, use the resources to create a large pile of "snowballs" and select a large area to set up in. To create the snowballs take sheets of paper you have laying around…
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Chariot Race

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Team building
"Chariot Race" is an exciting race on "chariots" to the finish line. It's a game about being a little ridiculous with your friends. The game is best done at a party or with a large sized group. This game is for developing team building skills and will bring the players closer together after the successful completion of a few rounds. You may have to collaborate with your group to acquire enough materials to play the game, but we promise the reward will be worth it! Materials Needed Sleds or Wheelbarrows Chalk Sheets (optional) How To Set Up The Game For this game, you need sufficient wheelbarrows or sleds. Make a note counting the number of people who are coming and divide them into teams of 3 to 4 people (not including the player in the…
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Hot Potato Camera

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Hot Potato Camera is like Russian roulette with selfies. Not as fatal as the original game -- but still pretty embarrassing -- the loser will end up getting a naturally terrible photo that will have everyone laughing. This game will work with a regular camera as well. You just need to know how to use the timer function. You can play with two players up to many, but have a second camera sent around the circle if playing with more than ten. Set Up: Grab a smartphone and open the camera app, or grab a dedicated camera. All players sit in a circle, or around a table. They just need to be sat close enough together to pass the camera to their neighbor quickly. Rules: The player who starts with the camera…
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Art Effects

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Team building
The point of Art Effects is to build your group's teamwork up with creativity and cooperation. In this game, your group will give keywords to convey items to their partner to create an art masterpiece. This game is great for groups of all sizes and requires a little bit of setting up according to the size of the group. Be sure to have a critic overlooking your artists to make sure everyone is playing fairly throughout the game. There is both a competitive and non-competitive version of the game, so be sure to pick how you want to play! Materials Needed Materials needed to play Art Effects: Paper A surface to draw on Pencils Erasers How To Set Up The Game To set up the game start by getting a headcount of…
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Gone Fishin’

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Party Games, Rhythm
Gone Fishin is a group game based on its board game counterpart of the same name. In this game, you will need to be the player who catches the most fish in order to win. This game will work best with large to extra large groups and will require players to switch roles frequently. This game may best be played at an event or party where space will be accessible. Materials Needed You will need to gather a few materials for this game to make it work. Materials needed to play Gone Fishin': Poles or sticks String A music player A few rhythmic songs A large area Tape (optional) How To Set Up The Game First, start by picking a big open space that plenty of people can fit into; you're going to…
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