Four Corners

Get-to-know-you, Medium Group, Small Group
Here's another good icebreaker for the beginning of a school semester or as a fun way for people to get to know each other better. Four Corners (also known as Four Squares) is a simple activity in which students share who they are through the use of handdrawn pictures. This icebreaker is for all ages, and works well with small and medium groups. It usually takes about 15 minutes, depending on how much time you want to allow for sharing the pictures. You'll need sheets of paper and writing utensils. Don't worry, no artistic skills are required for this icebreaker activity -- just have fun and encourage everyone to enjoy being creative while illustrating who they are! Setup for Four Corners Distribute a pen and sheet of paper for each…
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Good Icebreaker Questions

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Good Icebreaker Questions is simply a list of 12 good questions that you can ask to help break the ice.  These questions are fun, and generally pretty easy and safe to answer.  You can use them as an icebreaker for meetings or classrooms, written on notecards and adapted for other games, or simply as a fun activity to help people get to know each other better. Instructions for Good Icebreaker Questions In terms of facilitation, a great way to help people get to know each other is to ask them fun questions that allow them to express their personality or interesting things about them.  Here is a list of fun, useful icebreaker questions to help break the ice: If you were a comic strip character, who would you be and why? What…
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String Game

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group
The String Game is an introduction icebreaker game and conversation starter that allows people to  tell others about themselves.  It's a simple game and can be adapted according to your needs. This getting-to-know-you game usually does not take long, unless you choose to run it that way.  The recommended group size is small and medium groups, although with careful planning it might be possible to do this activity in a large group by splitting it into smaller groups.  An indoor setting is ideal.  This icebreaker is recommended for young children up through eighth grade.  It's well suited for classrooms, camps, or other settings where people may not know each other very well yet. Instructions for the String Game  This activity needs a little bit of preparation work.  Purchase a big…
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Candy Introductions

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Candy Introductions is a get-to-know-you game that helps people learn new facts about each other in an easy way.  They select various pieces of candy from a bag, and each candy variety is associated with a fact about themselves which they will introduce to the others. This game also goes by other names, including the M&M game, Candy Confessions, the Skittles Game, the Gum Drop game, among others. Candy Introductions can work with any group size.  The icebreaker works best when the group size is limited to 12, so if you have more than 12, divide the larger group and run the icebreaker within the smaller sized groups.  This icebreaker works best indoors, and is well suited for classrooms or meeting rooms.  Materials required are: candy with about five different…
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Fabulous Flags

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group
Fabulous Flags (also known as the Personal Flags Activity) is a useful icebreaker activity to help people convey what represents them or what is important to them.  Each person draws a flag that contains some symbols or objects that symbolizes who they are or what they enjoy. This get-to-know-you activity is best done indoors.  Any number of people can participate.  The recommended age is 7 and up.  Materials required are: several sheets of paper, pens, and colored pencils/crayons/markers. Instructions for Fabulous Flags Activity Pass out a sheet of paper, pens, and colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers to each person.  Explain the activity: "We're now going to draw flags that represent or symbolize us.  Please design your own flag of you - include some symbols or objects that symbolize who you are or…
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Superlative Game

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group
The Superlative Game is a simple icebreaker that asks players to line up in ascending order for various different categories (e.g. height, birthday month, etc.).  It's very easy to learn and play, and it doesn't require a lot of time. This game can be classified as a get-to-know-you style icebreaker.  The recommended group size is medium, large, or extra large groups.  Players will be divided into multiple teams of at least five people.  This game can be played both indoors or outdoors.  There are no special materials required to play.  It works great with all ages. Setup for the Superlative Game The facilitator of the Superlative game needs to prepare a list of categories.  These categories can be surface-level categories such as height (in ascending order), birthday month (in ascending…
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Personal Trivia Baseball

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group
Personal Trivia Baseball is an icebreaker game that involves guessing facts of various difficulty levels to obtain singles, doubles, triples, and home runs. This game helps people discover facts about each other in a fun way. This get-to-know-you game is played with two teams of about six to eight people each. The recommended location for this game is indoors. Materials required are: several sheets of paper and pens. Personal Trivia Baseball is playable by ages 10 and up, including college students and adults in corporate settings. Setup for Personal Trivia Baseball This game should be played with two teams. Divide the players into two teams of about six to eight people -- other team sizes are possible but less ideal, as the game may be too short or too long.…
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Who Done It (Whodunit)

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group
Who Done It? is an icebreaker that reveals interesting (and sometimes incredible!) things people have done. It's a simple guessing game that is straightforward to play. This game is a get-to-know-you style icebreaker in which players try to guess which person corresponds to each item written on notecards.  The recommended group size is a medium sized group of about eight to sixteen people, although the game can be adapted to accommodate other sized groups.  Playing this icebreaker indoors is most ideal.  Materials required are: several notecards and pens. Who Done It? is playable by all ages, including college students and adults in corporate settings. Setup and Gameplay for Who Done It (Whodunit?) This game can be played individually or with two teams.  For extremely large groups, choose ten volunteers and split…
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Unique and Shared

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
Unique and Shared is a get-to-know-you game as well as a team-building activity.  The game helps people see that they have more in common with their peers than they might initially realize, while highlighting their own individual strengths that they can contribute to the group. An indoor setting is preferable.  Participants will split into groups of about five people, so this activity works fine with medium, large, and even some extra large groups.  Each group of five needs paper and a pen.  This activity is for all ages. Instructions for Unique and Shared Ask participants to form groups of five people with the people around them.  Pass out sheets of paper and writing utensil.  The first half of the activity is the Shared part.  Instruct a notetaker for each group to create a list of many common traits or qualities that members…
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Lost on a Deserted Island

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
Lost on a Deserted Island is a teambuilding activity that also helps people share a little about themselves.  Given the scenario that everyone is lost and stranded on a deserted island, each person describes one object that they would bring and why. This game is a teambuilding and get-to-know-you icebreaker.  The recommended group size is medium, although small and large group sizes are possible too.  An indoor setting is ideal.  No special props or materials are required.  This icebreaker works well for any age, including adults and corporate settings. Instructions for Lost on a Deserted Island The situation is dire -- following a shipwreck, everyone has been stranded on a deserted island!  Each person is allowed to bring one object to the island -- ideally something that represents them or something…
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