Tall Tales (The “Suddenly” Story Game)

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
Spin fantastic yarns -- amazing stories -- with this engaging group activity. Each person will tell three sentences of a story and end with the word “suddenly…” The next person will then have to pick up the story and add three sentences of their own. Tall Tales encourages the players to think on their feet and connect to the story that has already been told, which trying to stump the next person to speak. Everyone gets a turn to talk in this icebreaker, so quiet group members have an equal chance to participate. Tall Tales doesn’t require any movement and is therefore able to fit in a room of any size. Tall Tales is an icebreaker for groups ages 10 and up. Children younger than 10 may not have the storytelling…
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Art Effects

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Team building
The point of Art Effects is to build your group's teamwork up with creativity and cooperation.  In this game, your group will give keywords to convey items to their partner to create an art masterpiece. This game is great for groups of all sizes and requires a little bit of setting up according to the size of the group. Be sure to have a critic overlooking your artists to make sure everyone is playing fairly throughout the game. There is both a competitive and non-competitive version of the game, so be sure to pick how you want to play! Materials Needed Materials needed to play Art Effects: Paper A surface to draw on Pencils Erasers How To Set Up The Game To set up the game start by getting a headcount of…
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Gone Fishin’

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Party Games, Rhythm
Gone Fishin is a group game based on its board game counterpart of the same name. In this game, you will need to be the player who catches the most fish in order to win. This game will work best with large to extra large groups and will require players to switch roles frequently. This game may best be played at an event or party where space will be accessible. Materials Needed You will need to gather a few materials for this game  to make it work.  Materials needed to play Gone Fishin': Poles or sticks String A music player A few rhythmic songs A large area Tape (optional) How To Set Up The Game First, start by picking a big open space that plenty of people can fit into; you're going to…
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Song Sync

Active, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
The object of the game is to get more in touch with your group's music tastes by identifying songs they know or have listened to. This activity can be done anywhere that allows for clear communication between the group. The game is played in any size group and will require a lot of listening and a room that is quiet enough to communicate easily in. The game will allow for players to also inject some of their own personality into the way they say the song lyrics. Materials Needed: What you will need to play song sync: Music knowledge A phone or computer to check claims A timer How to Set Up Song Sync Game Pick a word that you hear a lot when listening to music like the word "hey"…
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Air Balloons

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
  See which group has the strongest lungs by trying to keep your balloon in the air for longer than the other teams, using only your own air! Recommended ages: Air Balloons is an activity that is ideal for ages 10 – 25. Recommended number of people: This game is best played with groups of 8+ people.  It is not ideal for small groups. Materials needed: In order the play this game you will need the following materials: Basic rubber balloons for air A timer or stopwatch for each team Optional: small paper or plastic fans How to set up the game: If you would like you can have each team blow up their balloons, but to make the game fairer it is better if you inflate all the balloons…
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Magic Word Game

Large Group, Extra Large Group, Party Games, Talking Games
Collect the most party favors from other people when they say your designated magic word – but be careful and make sure you don’t say the word yourself! Recommended ages: This activity is best for players who are ages 14 and up. Recommended number of people: Good for large groups of 12+ people. Materials required: For this game you will need various party favors for each person (or you can also use candy) as well as a list of “magic words.”  Words should be relatively commonly used to make the game more interesting. Words might include: "dog," "cat," "man," "eat," "boy," "water," etc.  For this game, good party favor items might include items like: Bead necklaces, Hawaiian leis, or plastic sunglasses How to set up the game: Prepare your party…
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Marshmallow Toss

Large Group, Active, Extra Large Group, Party Games
Toss marshmallows to your teammates -- as they try to catch as many as possible with their mouth in a set amount of time. Recommended ages: This game works best for ages 12 and up. Recommended number of people: Marshmallow Toss activity works well for groups of 8 or more people. Materials needed: Marshmallows (large, not mini marshmallows) Timer or stopwatch Plastic bags (for clean up) Masking tape or cones (for marking boundaries) How to set up the game: To set up for the marshmallow toss game you should make lines on the ground to set distance barriers. Use masking tape on a solid surface or plastic cones on a grassy surface. Set the distance so that it’s appropriate for the age group of the people who will be playing…
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Hot and Cold Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Talking Games
The Hot and Cold game is a simple, crowd pleasing icebreaker game!  It gets the crowd going.  Simply choose a mystery action and have a volunteer try to figure it out.  The group cheers for them loudly when they are closer to doing the action and boos them when they are farther away. This game is best for ages 12+ and ideal for groups of 6+ people.  Large groups are okay.  Multiple groups can also play this simultaneously. Materials Required: No materials are required for this game, although you can use any props around the room that are available to you. How to set up the Hot and Cold Game:   You do not need to do anything to prepare for this game. All that’s needed is the group members themselves, although…
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Collaborative Drawing

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Team building
Combine your artistic talents together to create the ultimate drawing without seeing what others have added before you! This icebreaker game is good for ages 10 and over. Collaborative Drawing must be played with a minimum of 4 people.  There is no maximum amount preferred.  If groups get unmanageable, subdivide into smaller sized groups. To play this game you are going to need the following items: Paper for all participants Writing utensils for everyone A timer or stopwatch Setup for Collaborative Drawing You won’t need to set anything up prior to starting this game! How to play Collaborative Drawing Distribute paper and writing utensils to everyone that will be playing. Make sure that the players are sitting in some sort of orderly fashion such as a circle or in straight lines. Instruct…
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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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