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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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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Telephone Pictionary

Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Telephone Pictionary is a hilarious cross between the telephone game and the dictionary drawing game. Phrases need to be drawn, and other players try to draw them. As the books continue to be passed along the line, the message starts to get lost! The game is a party game / stationary game. No special materials are required to play, besides a lot of standard 8.5" x 11" paper and pens, Instructions for Telephone Pictionary Setup: Prepare the picture booklets by giving each player a stack of X sheets of paper, where “X" is equal to the number of players who are playing the game. Think of each stack as a “flip book" for each player. Cut each stack of paper down the middle and then fold them in half. Staple the books if you…
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Icebreaker Questions

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Icebreaker Questions is simply a list of 20 great questions that you can ask people to help them feel more part of a group or team. These questions are fun and non-threatening. 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 Icebreaker Questions A great way to help people open up is to ask them fun questions that allow them to express their personality or interesting things about them. Here is a list of twenty safe, useful icebreaker questions to help break the ice: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? If you were an animal,…
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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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React and Act Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group
React and Act! is a funny icebreaker in which players randomly select a sheet of paper that has an occurrence on it (for example, winning a million dollars in the lottery) and they must react to the occurrence using animated expressions, gestures, and words. After a set amount of time, other players try to guess what happened that caused those reactions and actions. React and Act is an active icebreaker game that can work with a variety of group sizes. It can work for small groups of five people, or adapted for very large groups by selecting volunteers. This game is best played indoors. Materials required include paper, pens, and a bag. React and Act works with all ages, including adults. Setup for React and Act React and Act involves…
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