Category: Small Group

Icebreakers for small groups. Have a small group of 3-5 people? These games will work especially well.

Four Corners Game

Get-to-know-you, Medium Group, Small Group
Here's another good icebreaker for the beginning of a school semester or as a fun way for people to get to know each other better. Four Corners (also known as Four Squares) is a simple activity in which students share who they are through the use of handdrawn pictures. This icebreaker is for all ages, and works well with small and medium groups. It usually takes about 15 minutes, depending on how much time you want to allow for sharing the pictures. You'll need sheets of paper and writing utensils. Don't worry, no artistic skills are required for this icebreaker activity -- just have fun and encourage everyone to enjoy being creative while illustrating who they are! Setup for Four Corners Distribute a pen and sheet of paper for each…
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Ghost Game

Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Ghost is a word game in which players try to add a letter to a growing word fragment -- without ever actually spelling a word. If they accidentally spell a valid word, they lose the round. If they add a letter but a word is no longer possible to be made using those combination of letters, another player can "challenge" them. Ghost can be played with two or more players. No materials are required, making it a convenient game for long car rides, etc. Setup for the Ghost Game There is no setup required. Players must simply understand the rules of the game. Playing the Ghost Game The rules of ghost are relatively simple: each player takes turns adding a letter to an ever-growing word fragment. Try not to spell a word…
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Connecting Stories

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Connecting Stories is a fun team-building activity and get-to-know-you game that is all about finding common experiences or themes between people. This activity works best in small groups of 6-8 people. Materials required: Pens and Post-it Notes. Notecards or other small slips of paper will also work. Setup for Connecting Stories Have everyone divide into small groups of 6-8 people. Ensure each table has several post-it notes and pens. The goal of the game is to connect mini-stories in an interesting way. Each person must share at least one item that connects to the other mini-stories. The longer the chain of items that can be created, the better. Write down a few words on a post-it note to keep track of each part of the story. The first player begins by…
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Story Starters Activity

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Story Starters is a good get-to-know-you icebreaker to help people share interesting stories about themselves. It works in groups of all sizes. For very large groups, simply have everyone split into smaller groups of 4-6 people. Setup for Story Starters Setup of this icebreaker is flexible. Materials required: Oxford 5"x8" notecards and plenty of ballpoint pens. The facilitator can prepare cards in advance, or the following could be written on a chalkboard/whiteboard/Powerpoint slide. Write the following sentences, one on each card: "Once upon a time, I..." "My favorite place I ever went to is..." "The silliest thing I ever did was..." "My ideal vacation is..." "The craziest thing I ever did (that I'll admit to) is..." "If my life were a book, I would title it..." You can also come up with…
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Good Icebreaker Questions

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Good Icebreaker Questions is simply a list of 12 good questions that you can ask to help break the ice. These questions are fun, and generally pretty easy and safe to answer. You can use them as an icebreaker for meetings or classrooms, written on notecards and adapted for other games, or simply as a fun activity to help people get to know each other better. Instructions for Good Icebreaker Questions In terms of facilitation, a great way to help people get to know each other is to ask them fun questions that allow them to express their personality or interesting things about them. Here is a list of fun, useful icebreaker questions to help break the ice: If you were a comic strip character, who would you be and why? What…
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Candy Introductions Activity

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Candy Introductions Activity is a get-to-know-you game that helps people learn new facts about each other in an easy way. They select various pieces of candy from a bag, and each candy variety is associated with a fact about themselves which they will introduce to the others. This game also goes by other names, including the M&M game, Candy Confessions, the Skittles Game, the Gum Drop game, among others. Candy Introductions can work with any group size. The icebreaker game works best when the group size is limited to 12, so if you have more than 12, divide the larger group and run the icebreaker within the smaller sized groups. This icebreaker works best indoors, and is well suited for classrooms or meeting rooms. Materials required are: candy with about…
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Fabulous Flags Game

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group
Fabulous Flags (also known as the Personal Flags Game) is a useful icebreaker activity to help people convey what represents them or what is important to them. Each person draws a flag that contains some symbols or objects that symbolizes who they are or what they enjoy. This get-to-know-you activity is best done indoors. Any number of people can participate. The recommended age is 7 and up. Materials required are: several sheets of paper, pens, and colored pencils/crayons/markers. Instructions for Fabulous Flags Activity Pass out a sheet of paper, pens, and colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers to each person. Explain the activity: "We're now going to draw flags that represent or symbolize us. Please design your own flag of you - include some symbols or objects that symbolize who you are…
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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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Beer Pong Party Game

Party Games, Small Group
What is it? Beer pong: the “national sport" of frat houses and party schools. Who can play? It is traditionally played by two or four people who enjoy beer and may want to get drunk. However, this game can also be enjoyable with a non-alcoholic beverage like juice or tea, and this fun game of dexterity can be altered for players of all ages. It just requires a little good aim and dexterity! What will you need? 12 or 20 plastic cups One or more ping pong balls A table, ideally 2 to 3 meters long. Optional: Liqueur Set-up Find a table. Beer pong was conceived as a party night-alternative to table tennis, making use of the table tennis table found in a typical college frat house. Hardcore beer pong…
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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 activity with an interesting twist — the goal is to bring back digital photos (or polaroids) of various places and things. By doing this, people will capture good memories and also have some experience working together and collaborating 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…
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