Best Skills Showdown Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Team building
Compete against other teams in a series of mini-games to see who has the ultimate collection of talent and weird skills! This activity works best as a large or extra large group activity (15+ people), ages 8 and up. Materials required: We recommend that you bring any props desired for activities. For example: Bandanas (or other blindfolding material) Plastic cones (to mark boundaries in activities) Balloons Foam balls Measuring tape How to set up the game: If any props require setup before they can be used, prepare them ahead of time. Prepare a list of mini-games for the game.  Otherwise, this game requires no setup. How to play: Separate the large group into smaller teams of 4-6 people, depending on how large the group is. Announce the first activity that each team…
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Animal Sounds

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games
Find the other person in the room with the same animal as you by making the noise your assigned animal makes!  Animal Sounds is a very simple icebreaker that gets people to act as animals to and find other of the same animals just by listening and making the specific animal sounds! This icebreaker is good for kids aged 6 and up.  Unless folks are young at heart, it is not as ideal for adults above 25 years old due to its animal silliness!  Animal Sounds is best for larger groups of 15+ people. Materials needed To play the Animal Sounds icebreaker, you will need: Pieces of paper 1 pen or pencil Fabric blindfolds for each player in the game How to set up the game: Prepare the papers ahead of the…
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Name Aerobics

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games
Name Aerobics is a simple icebreaker to help group members introduce themselves in a fun and energetic way!  You can think of it was a name memorization activity with a touch of aerobics.  It's good for players ages 10+.  This activity works best with medium or large sized groups of 6+ people each. Materials required There are no required materials to play this game. You can play it anywhere with just the members of the group!  Indoors (such as in a classroom) may be the most ideal place to play. How to set up the game The ideal setup is to have all group members standing in a circle, but you can also have the individuals take turns coming in front to introduce themselves. Placing people in a circle may help those who…
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Electric Current Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group
How about a fun game that involves fast reflexes?  There are two teams -- everyone is holding hands.  Can your team squeeze hands and send an "electric current" faster than the other team? This game works great as a camp or youth retreat icebreaker, or as a large group activity (more than 50 people).  It can be played indoors or outdoors.  The activity is relatively short (about 5-10 minutes) to play. The Electric Current Game (also called the Electricity or Pulse game) is a game that resembles two fast moving electric currents! Setup Nothing much is needed to prepare this game, except a small coin (like a quarter) and two small objects (such as a paper cup or foam ball) that can be grabbed.  Place each object at the end of both…
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Human Bingo (Did You Know?) Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group
Human Bingo (also known as the Autograph Game or Did You Know? Bingo) is an icebreaker that helps people learn interesting facts about each other.  People walk around the room and mingle until they find people that match the facts listed on a bingo-style sheet. This game is a get-to-know-you style icebreaker.  The recommended group size is: large or extra large.  The game works best with a group of about 25 people.  It can be played indoors or outdoors.  Materials required are: printed bingo sheets and pens.  Ages 12 and up. Setup for Human Bingo The objective of this game is for people to wander around the room and to obtain the signatures of people who have the facts listed on the bingo sheet.  Once a person successfully obtains a full row (5…
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Human Rock Paper Scissors

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
Human Rock Paper Scissors is a fun, quick ice-breaker that can be used for a medium-sized group of people. Many are familiar with the classic hand game, rock-paper-scissors, each of which conquers one another depending on the combination. This game is a play on the game, but requires people to get on their feet, move, and act as a team, rather than an individual. This ice-breaker is especially fun because it can be tailored to many different themes and variations. Setup for Human Rock Paper Scissors As a large group, decide a full-body pose that will signify each element (e.g. Rock – each person of one group will bend down and hug their knees and curl into a ball so they look like a rock, Scissors – each person of one…
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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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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 that involves a bit of movement, a bit similar to Musical Chairs.  The game can help 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 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 for that person.  For example, if the…
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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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