Games to Play Online with Friends While Social Distancing

Games to Play Online with Friends While Social Distancing

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Dear Icebreakers Family, This has been a challenging time for everyone. We hope you and your family are doing well -- staying safe and healthy.  Do you need activities to play while you are isolated at home? Games can be one of the best ways to connect with friends as a social experience and to enjoy quality time with family and others who you might not be able to see face-to-face. During such a difficult time, we wanted to provide a collection of some of the best FREE activities that are fun, social and engaging.  We recommend using a videoconference tool like Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.) while playing the game so that you can more easily talk and see faces. In no particular order, here is our list: Drawception (drawing…
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Late Arrivals Game

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Talking Games
The Late Arrivals Game is an entertaining word/talking game.  It is a parlor game that was featured on Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue in the United Kingdom.  Each player takes a turn as the toastmaster of a fancy ball, introducing the guests of the ball. This game can serve as an icebreaker or party game.  It can be silly and works best with people 16 and up.  The game works best with groups of about 6-8 people.  The game involves some creativity, so you may form pairs or groups of three as well. Setup for Late Arrivals Game First, the facilitator (host) of the game must decide what the late arrivals have in common -- in other words, what the theme of the ball is. Ideas for a round…
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Telephone Pictionary Game

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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The Best Icebreaker Games for Date Night! Part One

The Best Icebreaker Games for Date Night! Part One

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So, it's date night.  Afraid that your date will be snoozevilles, or that you won't know what to say?  Never fear.  Icebreakers.Ws will be your guide for the best date night conversation icebreakers.  This series will help you with some hilarious or memorable dates that can help you stand out from most of the other (boring!) people. Perhaps you're having a cup of coffee or are sharing a nice meal together.  We'll start with some great icebreaker questions that are guaranteed to get you and your date talking.  Start with these five: Animals.  You can ask a question with some symbolism, such as:  "If you had to be an animal, what animal would it be?"  Lions Books.  "Do you enjoy reading?  What do you like to read?"  Sometimes you can tell…
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Extremes Game: Where Do You Stand?

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group
The Extremes Game: Where Do You Stand? is a useful classroom icebreaker that helps people get to know each other's opinions and stances a bit better.  It can be played with medium to extra large sized groups and is a good way to get everyone moving around a little bit.  The game can vary in time depending on how many questions you use; in general allow for 5-15 minutes as a good range. Materials required: None! Setup for Extremes Game: Where Do You Stand? In the front of the room, create an imaginary line.  All the way on the left side is one extreme, and all the way on the right side is the other extreme.  Make sure there is enough space for people to stand anywhere along this imaginary line.…
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Shoe Pile Mingle Game

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games, Team building
A great way to break the ice is the Shoe Pile Meet-and-Greet Mingle Game.  This icebreaker game is especially useful for corporations and training situations where you want to break the ice and build up team chemistry. Setup for Shoe Pile Mingle Ask everyone to take off one of their shoes (only one of their shoes).  Have everyone throw their shoe into a big pile in the center of the room. Playing Shoe Pile Mingle Game Explain the rules of the game.  Once everyone takes off one shoe and throws it into a big shoe pile, have everyone randomly grab a shoe. The goal is to mingle and go around the room, introducing yourself and talking to many people and trying to find the person whose shoe you are holding.…
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Virtual icebreakers for Zoom – 2021 pandemic edition

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Unfortunately, this year has been a challenging time during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Many classes have been moved to online, with videoconferencing software like Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams being used for teaching and learning sessions. While the virus keeps everyone home and people are "social distancing," there is a growing need for more virtual icebreakers to help people socialize and games that can be played while people are online. We've collected (and will keep updating!) our list of online activities and games that are well suited during this difficult time. A good virtual icebreaker should be playable online, free or cheap, and should involve participation from everyone. Many of our 100+ icebreaker games can be adapted for online play, especially our "Get to Know You" type games, but…
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Photo Scavenger Hunt

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fun team-based scavenger hunt activity with an interesting twist — the goal is to bring back digital photos (or polaroids) of various places and things.  By doing this, people will capture good memories and also have some experience working together and collaborating as a team. This is an active game and teambuilding activity.  The recommended group size is: teams of three or four people.  Allocate plenty of time for this activity.  Recommended ages are: 15 and up.  You will need one camera (a digital camera or polaroid) for each team. Setup for the Photo Scavenger Hunt As the facilitator of this activity, prepare a list of about twelve interesting places, things, and circumstances that can be captured using a camera.  Some examples of items you can write are: A family…
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Screaming Viking Game

Screaming Viking Game

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Rhythm, Stationary
Screaming Viking is a stationary/active/party game that is highly interactive and silly.  Players must correctly act out interesting things such as a "screaming viking," a "chia pet," "power rangers," and other funny things. This game is good for children age 9 and up.  It's an excellent game for parties and families.  The ideal number of players is about 12-15, making it a good medium and large group game.  No special materials are required to play.   You can play indoors or somewhere like a park. Screaming Viking Setup There is no special setup required for this game.  Have everyone sit in a large circle, with each person facing the middle.  The facilitator should teach everyone all the various motions for how to play.  More details will be given below. Instructions for Playing…
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