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!

King Elephant

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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React and Act Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group
React and Act! is a funny icebreaker in which players randomly select a sheet of paper that has an occurrence on it (for example, winning a million dollars in the lottery) and they must react to the occurrence using animated expressions, gestures, and words. After a set amount of time, other players try to guess what happened that caused those reactions and actions. React and Act is an active icebreaker game that can work with a variety of group sizes. It can work for small groups of five people, or adapted for very large groups by selecting volunteers. This game is best played indoors. Materials required include paper, pens, and a bag. React and Act works with all ages, including adults. Setup for React and Act React and Act involves…
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Photo Scavenger Hunt

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fun team-based scavenger hunt with an interesting twist — the goal is to bringing back digital photos (or polaroids) of places and things. By doing this, people will capture good memories and also have some experience working together as a team. This is an active game and teambuilding activity. The recommended group size is: teams of three or four people. Allocate plenty of time for this activity. Recommended ages are: 15 and up. You will need one camera (a digital camera or polaroid) for each team. Setup for the Photo Scavenger Hunt As the facilitator of this activity, prepare a list of about twelve interesting places, things, and circumstances that can be captured using a camera. Some examples of items you can write are: A family of animals A group photo with…
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Telephone Charades

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
Telephone Charades (also known as Charades Down the Line) is a hilarious icebreaker in which a person acts out a charade only for the next person in the line, who in turn acts out for the next person. The last person standing in line attempts to guess what the original clue was. This is in active icebreaker that works best with a group of five or six people. It can also be implemented for larger groups by taking five or six volunteers per round. This game is best played indoors. No special materials are required other than sheets of paper with the clues written on them. Telephone Charades is for people age 10 and up. Setup for Telephone Charades Telephone Charades or "Charades Down the Line" is an active icebreaker that combines charades with the "telephone…
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Sardines (Reverse Hide and Seek)

Active, Large Group, Medium Group
Sardines is an active game that is played like hide and go seek -- only in reverse! One person hides, and everyone else searches for the hidden person. Whenever a person finds the hidden person, they quietly join them in their hiding spot. Soon, the hidden group starts to look like a bunch of sardines! This game should be played in a large indoor area. Be sure it is safe and that you are allowed to play in the area. The ideal group size is 8-15 people. This game is for ages 12 and up. No special materials are required to play. Instructions for Sardines (also known as Reverse Hide and Seek) Gather everyone together and explain the rules and boundaries of the game. Be sure to keep everyone safe and ensure no one wanders into areas that…
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Trust Walk Teambuilding Activity

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
The Trust Walk is a teambuilding activity that helps people practice trusting each other. A leader steers his or her partner around obstacles using verbal or nonverbal instructions. This activity is an active teambuilding activity that requires a great deal of space. An outdoor setting with some obstacles (but nothing too dangerous!) is ideal. The recommended group size is: small, medium, or large. Participants will form pairs. Materials required include blindfolds and any props that you can set up as minor obstacles. This activity is for ages 14 and up. Instructions for the Trust Walk Teambuilding Activity The Trust Walk Activity is an effective team building activity involving leadership and building trust, as blindfolded participants must rely on instructions given to them in order to avoid various obstacles. As the faciliator of the Trust Walk…
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