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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Electric Current Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group
How about a fun game that involves fast reflexes?  There are two teams -- everyone is holding hands.  Can your team squeeze hands and send an "electric current" faster than the other team? This game works great as a camp or youth retreat icebreaker, or as a large group activity (more than 50 people).  It can be played indoors or outdoors.  The activity is relatively short (about 5-10 minutes) to play. The Electric Current Game (also called the Electricity or Pulse game) is a game that resembles two fast moving electric currents! Setup Nothing much is needed to prepare this game, except a small coin (like a quarter) and two small objects (such as a paper cup or foam ball) that can be grabbed.  Place each object at the end of both…
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Human Rock Paper Scissors

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
Human Rock Paper Scissors is a fun, quick ice-breaker that can be used for a medium-sized group of people. Many are familiar with the classic hand game, rock-paper-scissors, each of which conquers one another depending on the combination. This game is a play on the game, but requires people to get on their feet, move, and act as a team, rather than an individual. This ice-breaker is especially fun because it can be tailored to many different themes and variations. Setup for Human Rock Paper Scissors As a large group, decide a full-body pose that will signify each element (e.g. Rock – each person of one group will bend down and hug their knees and curl into a ball so they look like a rock, Scissors – each person of one…
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Wink Murder

Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
Wink Murder is a fun party game in a secret "killer" winks at people in the eye in order to get them eliminated.  Try to identify who the wink murderer is before he murders everyone! Setup for Wink Murder This game requires no special materials at all, making it a very convenient game to play.  It can be played both outdoors and indoors.  Also, no materials are required to be purchased.  The only step required is to get everyone together and to have them arranged in a circle.   This game works best when there are at least ten people, but no more than thirty, as the game may take too long. Playing Wink Murder Each round, you need a way to determine who is to be the "wink murderer."…
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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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Never Have I Ever

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group
Never Have I Ever is an icebreaker game that helps people get to know each other better.  Everyone sits in a circle and take turns saying something they have never done.  Each player starts with ten fingers showing.  Each time says something that you’ve done, you drop a finger. The goal is to be the last player remaining. This get-to-know-you game can be played indoors or outdoors.  The recommended number of people for this game is ten to fifteen, but all group sizes can play by dividing into appropriate sized groups.  Recommended age is 8 and up.  No special materials are required. Instructions for Never Have I Ever Instruct everyone to sit in a circle.  If you have an extremely large group, tell people to form smaller circles of about ten to fifteen people.  To start each round,…
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Group Juggling

Group Juggling

Active, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
Group Juggling is a great, high-energy active icebreaker activity that helps participants learn the names of the other people in the group.  It works best when it is played in groups of about 15-20 people.  If you have more than this number of players, you can divide into smaller groups.  This game can also serve as a teambuilding activity if people do not know each other well. Setup for the Group Juggling Activity  This game is best played outside in a grassy area, or in a large, open space indoors. You will need several soft balls/tennis balls or other soft fun objects, like rubber chickens and stuffed animals. Dog toys (preferably unused) make great choices too, as they usually come with great sound effects. Bowling balls are not recommended. Playing the Group…
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Who Am I

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Talking Games
Who Am I? is a guessing game where you use the traits and characteristics of famous, historical, or company figures to break the ice with each other. Any sized group can play -- you are only limited by your own imagination! Materials required are sticky nametags and a marker.  Self-adhesive white Avery labels work great.  This game works well for medium to extra large sized groups. Setup for the Who Am I Game Before your group arrives, prepare sticky nametags with the names of famous people (or any other people that EVERYONE in the group will know).  For example, you can write: SUPERMAN INDIANA JONES HARRY POTTER BATMAN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BRITNEY SPEARS MICKEY MOUSE And so on.  If you like, you could also stick labels on each…
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Catch the Ball Introductions Icebreaker

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Medium Group, Small Group
Catch the Ball Introductions is a get-to-know-you icebreaker that is very simple yet effective.  This activity works well for small and medium sized groups.  The only material that is required to play is a small ball or other object that can safely be passed around the room.  For example, we recommend a soft foam ball such as this one: Nerf Mini Sports Pack Playing Catch the Ball Introductions Give the first person the soft foam ball.  Introduce the game and explain that the ball is the "share an interesting fact" ball.  The first person must reveal something interesting about themselves (hopefully not too controversial!) and then throw the ball to the second person. The second person also reveals something about themselves and throws it on to the next person.  In this way,…
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