Category: Talking Games

Talking games involve — you guessed it — talking! They often allow people to share their opinions or interesting things about themselves. Try them out and have fun!

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Magic Word Game

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Party Games, Talking Games
  Collect the most party favors from other people when they say your designated magic word – but make sure you don’t say the word yourself! Recommended ages: This activity is best for players who are ages 14 and up. Recommended number of people: Good for large groups of 12+ people. Materials required: For this game you will need various party favors for each person (or candy) as well as a list of “magic words." Words should be relatively commonly used to make the game more interesting. Words might include: "dog," "cat," "man," "eat," "boy," "water," etc. For this game, good party favor items might include items like: Bead necklaces, Hawaiian leis, or plastic sunglasses How to set up the game: Prepare your party favors and list of magic words to…
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Hot and Cold Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Talking Games
The Hot and Cold game is a simple, crowd pleasing icebreaker game! It gets the crowd going. Simply choose a mystery action and have a volunteer try to figure it out. The group cheers for them loudly when they are closer to doing the action and boos them when they are farther away. This game is best for ages 12+ and ideal for groups of 6+ people. Large groups are okay. Multiple groups can also play this simultaneously. Materials Required: No materials are required for this game, although you can use any props around the room that are available to you. How to set up the Hot and Cold Game: You do not need to do anything to prepare for this game. All that’s needed is the group members themselves, although…
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Animal Sounds

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games
Find the other person in the room with the same animal as you by making the noise your assigned animal makes! Animal Sounds is a very simple icebreaker that gets people to act as animals to and find other of the same animals just by listening and making the specific animal sounds! This icebreaker is good for kids aged 6 and up. Unless folks are young at heart, it is not as ideal for adults above 25 years old due to its animal silliness! Animal Sounds is best for larger groups of 15+ people. Materials needed To play the Animal Sounds icebreaker, you will need: Pieces of paper 1 pen or pencil Fabric blindfolds for each player in the game How to set up the game: Prepare the papers ahead of the…
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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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Psychiatrist Game

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Stationary, Talking Games
Confuse the designated psychiatrist by acting like other people in the group. The psychiatrist must guess who is who and why! This game works best for ages 13+. It works great with medium to large sized groups of 6+ people. Nothing is needed except a timer or stopwatch. Indoors is the ideal setting. How to set up the Psychiatrist Game There is no required setup. Players should be seated in a circle. The "psychiatrist" will be in the center of the circle. How to play: Organize the group so that one person is chosen as the "psychiatrist" while the others are the "patients." The psychiatrist can be a volunteer or selected based on criteria of your choice such as who has the nearest birthday. Have the psychiatrist leave the room and wait to…
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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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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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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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