Category: Small Group

Icebreakers for small groups. Have a small group of 3-5 people? These games will work especially well.

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Time Hop

Get-to-know-you, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Time Hop is all about exploring different periods throughout each others' lives. The game is played with coins or possibly even stamps that have a date on them from more recent years. You will use these date to open up topics of discussions and learn what life was like for the other players at that point. The game is played best with a smaller group, so everyone will feel most comfortable. Make sure that the group of people you invite are all on equal terms to make everyone as comfortable as possible when talking about their life. What You Need To Play Time Hop This is what you will need to play Time Hop: A hat or bag. Items with a year marker on them. A list of years everyone was…
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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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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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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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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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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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Strange Disease Diagnosis Game

Strange Disease Diagnosis Game

Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Uh oh, the patient is is acting really strange! What illness does he or she have? The Strange Disease Diagnosis Game (which also goes by several other names, including the Mysterious Illness Game, Doctor Game, Psychiatrist Game, or Diagnosis Game) is a fun party game that involves some acting and guessing. It involves some improvisation and silliness. It works in different sized groups, although smaller groups of about 5-10 people is probably best. Setup for the Strange Disease Diagnosis / Doctor Game / Psychiatrist Game This is a relatively easy drama game which may be improvised or may involve some rehearsal or preparation if you so wish. The easiest way to play this game is to have one person playing the doctor and the other people play the patients. The…
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Ghost Game

Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Ghost is a word game in which players try to add a letter to a growing word fragment -- without ever actually spelling a word. If they accidentally spell a valid word, they lose the round. If they add a letter but a word is no longer possible to be made using those combination of letters, another player can "challenge" them. Ghost can be played with two or more players. No materials are required, making it a convenient game for long car rides, etc. Setup for the Ghost Game There is no setup required. Players must simply understand the rules of the game. Playing the Ghost Game The rules of ghost are relatively simple: each player takes turns adding a letter to an ever-growing word fragment. Try not to spell a word…
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Connecting Stories

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Connecting Stories is a fun team-building activity and get-to-know-you game that is all about finding common experiences or themes between people. This activity works best in small groups of 6-8 people. Materials required: Pens and Post-it Notes. Notecards or other small slips of paper will also work. Setup for Connecting Stories Have everyone divide into small groups of 6-8 people. Ensure each table has several post-it notes and pens. The goal of the game is to connect mini-stories in an interesting way. Each person must share at least one item that connects to the other mini-stories. The longer the chain of items that can be created, the better. Write down a few words on a post-it note to keep track of each part of the story. The first player begins by…
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Story Starters

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Story Starters is a good get-to-know-you icebreaker to help people share interesting stories about themselves. It works in groups of all sizes. For very large groups, simply have everyone split into smaller groups of 4-6 people. Setup for Story Starters Setup of this icebreaker is flexible. Materials required: Oxford 5"x8" notecards and plenty of ballpoint pens. The facilitator can prepare cards in advance, or the following could be written on a chalkboard/whiteboard/Powerpoint slide. Write the following sentences, one on each card: "Once upon a time, I..." "My favorite place I ever went to is..." "The silliest thing I ever did was..." "My ideal vacation is..." "The craziest thing I ever did (that I'll admit to) is..." "If my life were a book, I would title it..." You can also come up with…
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