Category: Active

Active icebreakers! These games will get people moving, whether it’s running around, jumping, dancing, hiding, dodging, or some other action. You’ll probably get a little bit of a workout after playing these kinds of icebreaker games! Some of these games may burn some serious calories. Either way, you are sure to have a great deal of fun!

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3 Games That Use Drink Cans

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
1. Tipsy Here’s a cool party trick: if you leave just the right amount of liquid in a tin can, you can balance that can diagonally, on its edge. We’re use that fact to play a quick relay race, one part drinking game and one part balancing act. You will need One unopened 330 ml drink can for each player. Tables or other surface in reach of all players. This is so they have somewhere to balance their drink. Set-Up Split the room into two teams. Have each team arranged into a rough line, so they know what order they will play in. Give all players an unopened drink. For both teams tell the players at one end of the line that they will be the starting players. Rules The starting…
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3 Active Games That Use Pedometers

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Team building
If you have a few pedometers or activity trackers, try these games. They will give you an intense workout while they gives the audience an intense laugh. 1. Bobble Head Players of this game are trying to cheat some ultra-high scores out of their pedometers while the pedometer is attached to their forehead. How do they get the pedometer to register points? They shake and nod their head like crazy! You will need A pedometer for each player A way to attach the pedometer to the player’s head. Finding a sweat band for each player, and tying or taping the pedometer to it, is a good solution. A timer. Rules Make sure all pedometers are rest to zero. Attach them to all players heads. On the signal given, start the…
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3 Games of Intimate Cooperation

Active, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Team building, Wedding
1. Pucker Up You won’t kiss anyone in this game, but you won't be far off. The game challenges you to carry a tennis ball between the mouths of two players. Get in sync with your partner or risk dropping the ball and ruining the mood. You will need 3 tennis balls per team A glass for each team A bowl for each team Set-up Put the glass and bowl, which are your start point and endpoint respectively, on opposite sites of the room. Place the tennis balls near the glass. Arrange players into pairs. v Rules One teammate will place a tennis ball on top of the glass. This is so you have easy access to all sides of the ball. Both teammates now lower their faces to the…
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Tilt A Cup

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Build and hold onto an upright swinging tower of cups and balls. As the game progresses, this tower will become increasingly unwieldy, swinging unpredictably. You’ll have to use a steady hand to keep control of the tower. Catch the bouncing ping pong balls to win. This games uses elements of Moving On Up and Bouncer. You can play it as a solitaire challenge, as a competitive race, or in teams. You will need 8 plastic cups per player 8 ping pong balls per player Set up For each player: Put all cups together, one inside another, to create a compressed stack. The player takes hold of the stack of cups from the bottom. Put the 8 ping pong balls within easy reach. Rules Players create a tower of cups 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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Fun Physical Party Games

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group
Here are three games that have you and your friends using your bodies in unusual ways. Pass The Orange An orange, or a tennis ball, or a plastic bottle: grab one, and put it under your chin. Hold it there using your chin and neck, trapping it near your collarbone. Take your hand away. From now on, nobody in the room may touch the object with their hands until the game is won or lost. The group wins when everyone in the room has had possession of the “orange," which means having it held under their chin, and it is then passed back to the starting player. The transfer must be made directly from neck to neck. You all lose if the orange is dropped, or anyone touches the orange with…
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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 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 restrictions on how the t-shirt can be thawed will make the game more competitive, and 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 ice (optional) Set-Up Place…
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Picture Whispers

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Stationary
The Picture Whispers game is sort of like Pictionary mixed with the Telephone Game. Picture Whispers actually has some advantages over Pictionary. First, all players get to draw at the same time, and then get to guess at the same time, in phases, which means more game for everyone involved. Second, the game concludes with each player revealing sequentially all stage of drawings and guesses in their notepad, sharing with the group a short, absurd story of misunderstanding, non-sequitur, and debatable artistic merit. This reveal is similar in effect to — and has all the hilarity of — popular group storytelling game Consequences, or this collaborative drawing game. Play Picture Whispers with at least four players, and up to as many as you like, though as the game gets longer for every additional…
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