Ships and Sailors

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
The Ships and Sailors is a fun way to get a group of people working together and creating bonds. It’s ideal for medium to very large groups, and because it’s an elimination game, the amount of players in each round will shrink. The game is named Ships and Sailors because players follow instructions related to being aboard a boat or in the ocean. Since there are many different commands, it’s a good idea to practice all of the moves a couple of times through before officially starting the game. This game is best played in large open spaces such as a field or basketball court, so that players can move safely about the boundaries. Set-Up Select one person to be the captain. They will be in charge of calling commands…
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Mad Words Game

Mad Words Game

Active, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Mad Words is a game where you fill in the blanks of a provided story. Players randomly select words, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns to create a crazy story. Mad Words is a creative game that helps develop thinking and imagination, while also being fun. Create a wacky story that will be sure to get your players laughing. Materials A book, poem, song, or any type of unified text. A highlighter or pen to mark the different parts of speech. A sense of humor Mad Words Set-Up Mad Words is best played with a small to medium group of people—around 10 players. In larger groups, players can be paired up to work together Find a used book at a secondhand shop or take one from home—it’s easier to…
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Wedding Shoe Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Wedding
The Wedding Shoe Game is a great way to create laughs and memories after the ceremony. The shoe game is ideal for a wedding because it allows the whole audience to participate, while still focusing on the newlyweds. There is no limit to the amount of players that can participate. Guests can get to know the bride and groom more through their comical shoe responses and inevitable disagreements. Set-Up Ask the tables or individuals to submit ‘who’ questions before the wedding to use. The questions should focus on the couple and be easy enough to answer with a raised shoe.  For example: Who is the better dancer? Who is more likely to do the dishes? Who is more likely to make the dishes? Who said I love you first? Who…
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Sparkle Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Sparkle is a great group game that can be done as a warm up to get the brain thinking. Traditionally, it is played as a spelling game, but you can also do it with math problems, a memory verse, or focus on a specific subject instead. It's a fun way to study previously learned or new information. The game is fast paced -- with players constantly listening and ready to speak at any moment! Sparkle Set-Up This game is ideal for medium to extra large groups of people, and there is not a limit on the number of players.  It can be played in both indoor and outdoor settings.  The setup is fairly easy: Create a circle or line standing up. Assign one person to provide the words throughout the…
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Personal Artifact Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
The Personal Artifact Game is the perfect icebreaker for those who want to stay away from the usual "who, what, where" questions that are typically asked in these sorts of activities. It requires participants to dig a little deeper than just their favorite color and bring something personal to the table!  Players are more likely to remember each other’s names from the stories behind each artifact. It encourages players to get to know each other personally and also provides future topics to discuss. Whether it’s the first day of class, camp, or on the job, the personal artifact icebreaker is sure to get discussions flowing and give each player a memorable moment associated with them. Set-Up Note that this game requires people to plan a little bit in advance --…
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Frozen T-Shirt Race

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
The Frozen T-Shirt Race is an ideal icebreaker game to be played outside on a hot summer day, and is a hit amongst younger players. It’s a true ice-breaker game, as the players will work together to literally break the ice on the t-shirt. The game’s objective is simple—you must thaw out, unfold, and wear a frozen t-shirt. Even though this game might sound easy, it’s a challenge to complete. The Frozen T-shirt Game can be played in groups or each player can receive their own shirt. Setting some restrictions on how the t-shirt can be thawed will make the game more competitive, and then you can really see players getting into it! Materials Water Freezer Gallon freezer bags Large t-shirts—the amount depending on the number of players Cooler and…
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Rubber Chicken Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Stationary, Team building
The Rubber Chicken Game is an active and fast paced game that is simple to play in any scenario. All the game requires is a rubber chicken—or any other object—and players! It’s great for those who are competitive and speedy. It requires all players to be attentive and ready to move at any given moment. The Rubber Chicken Game is best played outside or in large open areas, so that players can run around safely without crashing into anything. Groups of all sizes can play, but teams are better with between 5-10 players. Larger groups can play, but the overall game will take longer. Players are also able to steal the rubber chicken back from one another, but limits should be set to prevent injuries or excessive force. Set-Up and…
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Team Architect

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Stationary, Team building
Team Architect is a game that requires both speed and precision. It’s a great way for players to unleash their creativity and work together towards a common goal. Team Architect is often played for team building or icebreaker purposes, but is entertaining enough to be played in any scenario. It’s best played with smaller groups, but there can be more than two groups playing at a time to increase the competition. Players of all ages will love this hands-on game. Team Architect simply requires each team to build something with a small amount of random materials. These materials aren’t usually useful and it’s not always clear how they can be used, which is why players have to get creative. For example, each team could be given Popsicle sticks and duct…
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Trust Course Game

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
The Trust Course Game is perfect for individual and group bonding for new students, employees, or members of a group. It requires all players to pay attention to small details and trust each other. The Trust Course can be set up in an office space, but is easier to play outside in a safe location, preferably on grass. Since players are partnered together, groups of all sizes can play. Extra-large groups might be more difficult because the excess noise will distract players from giving or listening to commands. True to its name, this game is meant to build trust and reliance between players. Set-Up Courses can be set-up before the game starting or players can set up their own course. If the game is played outside, use trees, branches, cones,…
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iSpy Wedding Hunt

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Team building, Wedding
iSpy Wedding Hunt is a combination between the typical iSpy game combined with a scavenger hunt that can be played at a wedding. This game is ideal for a wedding since it incorporates large amounts of players. Each of the players photos can be given to the bride and groom at the end, so they have unique photos and angles of their special day. Guests are provided with a checklist of items and different types of photos to take. They will carry this list around the wedding reception and hunt for the perfect pictures. Participants use their cell phone cameras or provided disposable cameras at a wedding to capture the items on the list. iSpy Wedding Hunt Set-Up Create a printable checklist before the wedding reception assigning the different tasks…
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