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 telling the others about some kind of experience they have never done.  Each player starts with ten fingers showing.  Each time someone says something that you’ve already 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…
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Classroom Icebreakers for School!

Classroom Icebreakers for School!

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It's back to school time!  Are you a teacher or professor getting ready for the upcoming school year? Don't forget that classroom icebreakers are one of the best ways to get your students to open up and be more engaged.   I've been teaching students of all ages for well over a decade -- for me, it's clear that icebreakers can make a huge difference!  This article will give you some of my favorite recommendations for classroom activities. Beginning of the School Year? Consider an introduction game. At the beginning of the school year, sometimes students are very shy and reluctant to speak up.  During this time, students may not know each other and may feel uncomfortable.  Some icebreakers are especially helpful for getting people to know each other better…
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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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Best Icebreakers for Date Night: Part 2

Best Icebreakers for Date Night: Part 2

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In last week's blog post, we took a look at some of the best icebreakers for date night, which took a look at icebreaker questions to help you get to know each other better and after-date game activities to create a memorable experience.  We continue today with Part Two: Icebreaker Games for Every Situation! 1. If you want your date to feel like you have a lot in common Some good conversation starters for a date include getting a sense of a person's favorite childhood shows.  You could ask something like, "Which cartoon character do you relate to the most?" or "If you were a character on the TV show Friends, who would you be?"  Once you find out, you can enjoy laughing at their personality type.  We recommend these…
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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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Great Wind Blows

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group
Great Wind Blows (also known as the Big Wind Blows) is a good icebreaker activity that involves a bit of movement, a bit similar to Musical Chairs.  The game can help everyone break the ice and help students get to know each other a bit better.  You'll need several chairs (one fewer than the total number of players). Setup for Great Wind Blows Game In order to begin, first arrange all the chairs to form a circle (all chairs facing inward toward the middle).  One player starts in the middle, standing up.  He or she begins the round. Playing Great Wind Blows The game is simple to play; one person in the middle starts by saying "Great wind blows for everyone who..." and then says any characteristic that is true…
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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, for some reason the patient is is acting really strange!  We'll need to guess 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 acting oriented 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…
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Ultimate Ninja Game

Ultimate Ninja Game

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
Ultimate Ninja is one of the fastest, most hilarious party games out there.  The primary goal to be the quickest ninja warrior by hitting another player's hand -- while dodging other player's ninja attacks!  This activity works best with about ten people in a group.  If you have a very large group, subdivide into groups of ten.  Ensure you have plenty of space to play this game. Materials required:  None -- just a large enough space to play! Setup for Ultimate Ninja Have all players stand in a circle, facing each other, in the middle of a room.   To begin, have everyone say together, "Ultimate Ninja!"  And then everyone can freeze in a ninja pose.  At the beginning of the game, everyone must remember their turn order.  Turns go clockwise; thus…
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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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