Interview Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Spend three minutes finding three interesting facts about a partner, then discuss them as a group. Interviewers will ask pointed, specific questions and subjects will answer them to the best of their ability. Afterwards, the interviewer will report to the rest of the group about what they learned. This icebreaker is a good way to spark conversation in quiet groups that may be intimidated by public speaking or more active icebreakers. It works reasonably well with groups that don’t have space to move around, although spreading out is ideal for this icebreaker. Interview is an icebreaker for mid-sized groups (8-15 people) and works best with groups aged 10 and up. Younger children may have difficulty thinking of questions to ask their partner and identifying interesting facts. Larger or smaller groups…
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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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Would You Rather? Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Ask the group to decide what they would rather do given two possible options. Take a poll, and then lead a short debate between the merits and disadvantages of each option. The questions can range from silly, to gross, to impossibly cool. This icebreaker can also be adapted to fit a theme, such as a holiday or study unit. Would You Rather is a dynamic activity that makes people think on their feet and gives insight into their priorities. Would You Rather is a good icebreaker for large or small groups and is most effective in 10 to 40 minutes sessions. This highly adaptable activity can easily be made age appropriate for young children, adolescents, and even adults. Small groups could use this activity in more of a debate style,…
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Collaborative Drawing

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Team building
Combine your artistic talents together to create the ultimate drawing without seeing what others have added before you! This icebreaker game is good for ages 10 and over. Collaborative Drawing must be played with a minimum of 4 people.  There is no maximum amount preferred.  If groups get unmanageable, subdivide into smaller sized groups. To play this game you are going to need the following items: Paper for all participants Writing utensils for everyone A timer or stopwatch Setup for Collaborative Drawing You won’t need to set anything up prior to starting this game! How to play Collaborative Drawing Distribute paper and writing utensils to everyone that will be playing. Make sure that the players are sitting in some sort of orderly fashion such as a circle or in straight lines. Instruct…
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Categories (or Similarities) Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games
Each team must find a certain amount of things they all have in common (similarities) before the other teams in this simple competitive icebreaker game.  It's best for ages 8+.  It works great for medium sized groups, or even really large groups of 20+ people if you split into smaller sized groups. Materials needed You won’t need anything to play this game. If you’d like to make things more official, you can use a piece of paper and a writing utensil for each team to record their similarities on, although this is not necessary. How to set up the Categories (or Similarities) game: No setup is necessary to play the Similarities game! How to play: Divide your group up into separate teams of about 5 people each. Ideally you should end up 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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Paper Airplanes (Name Planes Game)

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group
Paper Airplanes (or Name Planes Game) is a simple but effective get-to-know-you game: find the owner of the paper airplane that you pick up and learn a few things about them! This game works best for larger groups of ten or more people.  The activity is ideal for those ages 12 and up and is suitable for the classroom. Setup for Paper Airplanes (Name Planes Game) There is not much setup required for this activity.  However, several materials do need to be provided: At least 1 sheet of paper per person 1 pen, pencil, or other writing utensil per person How to set up Paper Airplanes To set up the game, you can either place the supplies around the room on the seats, desks, or tables where group members will be sitting.…
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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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Memorable Catchy Names

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Memorable Catchy Names is one of the simplest icebreakers you can play, but it's short and sweet!  And it might be one of the most efficient ways to get to know other people better in an amusing way.  The game involves going around in a circle, so it probably works best in a small or medium sized group. Setup for Memorable Catchy Names No set up is necessary!  This icebreaker works great in a classroom or indoors. Playing Memorable Catchy Names Get into a circle.  Instruct everyone to think about an adjective to describe themselves.  The adjective should start with the same letter as their first name.  For example, "Funny Fred," or "Powerful Paul," or "Clever Charlene." Have each person go around and announce their new name for the rest…
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Identity Circles

Identity Circles

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games, Team building
Identity Circles / Value Circles Identity Circles (also known as Identity Cards or Value Circles) is a deeper get-to-know-you game, during which you will have an opportunity to discuss with many friends the values that make up your identity and how you prioritize them in your life. For this activity, you will be paired up with several different people, the number depending on how many people are in your group. The activity works best in even numbers, as pairing requires. To begin, divide your group in half and create two concentric circles (one inner circle and one outer circle). The people in the outer circle should face inside, and the people in the inner circle should face outside. Each inner circle person will pair up with an outer circle person. You…
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