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!

Naming Animals

Active
Naming Animals is intended to be a simple game to memorize each other's names. This game is best played in a medium to large group where enough people can participate to make it long. The point of the game is to match animals to the first letter in your name to help others memorize who you are. What You Need To Play What you will need to play Naming Animals Your Voice A Quiet Area How To Set Up The Game To set up the game simply pick out a quiet area in your house or in town where everyone can hear each other. How To Play Naming Animals Start by gathering together in a circle and picking someone to start off. That person will then say the name they…
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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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Truth or Dare Game

Active, Get-to-know-you, Medium Group, Party Games
Truth or Dare is a classic party game that can lead to some memorable fun. A player chooses to answer a question truthfully or to do a crazy dare in front of all the other players. Truth or Dare works best with medium sized groups. Not many materials are required, although it can be helpful to have various household items laying around, such as toothpaste, interesting foods, etc. This party game is often played at camp, during slumber parties, or simply when hanging out. Setup for Truth or Date There is no setup required for this party game, though it can be helpful to come prepared with some ideas in case people need help coming up with questions or dares. Instructions for How to Play Truth or Dare Each player…
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King Elephant Game

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Rhythm, Stationary
King Elephant (also known as Animal Kingdom Game) is well suited as a good party game or an icebreaker for meetings. It involves a little bit of silliness and is a lot of fun. The goal of the game is to become the King Elephant, the head of the circle. This active game works best if you have between 8 and 15 people. It is a good indoor game, and although it does require some movements (mainly making animal gestures), there is no running involved. No special props are required - it's pretty simple to play! The recommended age is 10 and up. Setup for King Elephant Game Not much setup is required. Instruct all players to have a seat and arrange everyone in a circle, facing each other. Each…
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3 Icebreaker 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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Tilt A Cup Game

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. Tilt that cup! Catch the bouncing ping pong balls to win. This games uses elements of games like 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…
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Newspaper Towers Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
Compete against other teams to see who can build the largest tower using only one ingredient – newspaper! Newspaper Towers (also known as Build the Tower) is a great teambuilding activity involves creativity, coordination, and teamwork! This activity works best for people ages 8 and up. It works great for groups of six to fifteen people. Materials needed A lot of newspapers -- be sure to recycle them! A timer or stopwatch Rolls of scotch tape Measuring tape How to set up Newspaper Towers Collect as many newspapers as possible in advance and separate them into equal piles. If you know how many people will be there, create 1 pile for each team you will have, but if you don’t know the group size just create equal piles of newspapers with…
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Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors Game

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group
Battle it out to see who is the rock, paper, scissors champion of the group -- as the losers of each mini-round cheer the remaining winners on! This game works best for ages 12 and up. It's recommended for large or extra large groups of 15+ people. Setup for Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors No special materials are required to play this game, making it convenient and free to play. How to play Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors Have each member of the group pair up for the first round of rock, paper, scissors. If there is an odd number, add the odd person out to another pair and have them do a quick knock-out match to form a pair. Alternatively, you can ask for a volunteer to participate as a referee with you. Everyone should be…
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Picture Whispers Game

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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Line Up Game

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games, Team building
Line Up! is a fun icebreaker that can be useful for camps, workplace bonding, or other large group events. Work together as a team to arrange yourselves in a line based on a quality you have that is not obviously apparent. Examples of qualities to arrange to are alphabetically by middle name, chronologically according to birth date, or house number. Younger children could try something easier, such as arranging by height, because they may not all be able to recite the months of the year. This icebreaker starts as chaos, and ends with order as all participants work together to discover the facts they need and arrange themselves accordingly. Line Up works best in a large open space where participants can move around freely. This is an icebreaker that is…
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