Psychiatrist Game

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Stationary, Talking Games
Confuse the designated psychiatrist by acting like other people in the group.  The psychiatrist must guess who is who and why! This game works best for ages 13+.  It works great with medium to large sized groups of 6+ people.  Nothing is needed except a timer or stopwatch.  Indoors is the ideal setting. How to set up the Psychiatrist Game There is no required setup.  Players should be seated in a circle.  The "psychiatrist" will be in the center of the circle. How to play: Organize the group so that one person is chosen as the "psychiatrist" while the others are the "patients." The psychiatrist can be a volunteer or selected based on criteria of your choice such as who has the nearest birthday. Have the psychiatrist leave the room and wait to…
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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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Frozen T-Shirt Race

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
The Frozen T-Shirt Race is an ideal icebreaker game to be played outside on a hot summer day, and is a hit amongst younger players. It’s a true ice-breaker game, as the players will work together to literally break the ice on the t-shirt. The game’s objective is simple—you must thaw out, unfold, and wear a frozen t-shirt. Even though this game might sound easy, it’s a challenge to complete. The Frozen T-shirt Game can be played in groups or each player can receive their own shirt. Setting some restrictions on how the t-shirt can be thawed will make the game more competitive, and then you can really see players getting into it! Materials Water Freezer Gallon freezer bags Large t-shirts—the amount depending on the number of players Cooler and…
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Fear in a Hat

Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games, Team building
A good activity to run at the beginning of a class semester, Fear in a Hat (Also known as Worries in a Hat) is a teambuilding exercise that promotes unity and group cohesion. Individuals write their personal fears (anonymously) on sheets of paper which is then collected in a hat and read aloud. Each person tries to describe his or her understanding of the person's fear. This leads to good discussion centered around the fears. This teambuilding exercise requires writing utensils, sheets of paper, and a hat. Allow about five minutes of writing time, plus one to two minutes per participant. The recommended group size is at least eight, but no larger than 20. It's possible to run this activity with a large group, if the group is divided into…
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Botticelli

Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Botticelli is a strategic question game similar to other guessing games like 20 Questions. One player takes on the role of a famous person whom all players know reasonably well (when this game was conceived Sandro Botticelli, the Italian renaissance painter of The Birth of Venus, must have satisfied this requirements, hence the name of the game). Questions are asked to work out who this celebrity is, but with some quick thinking and general knowledge the choosing player can avoid answering the questions directly. This makes the game a little more tactical and complex than other guessing games, and great for long car journeys. Botticelli can be played with only two players, or as many as you can fit in a minivan on a road trip. Set-Up One player, the chooser, privately chooses…
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The Priest of the Parish

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Rhythm, Talking Games, Team building
The Priest of the Parish is a call and response game, popular in youth groups across the world.  The game warms up player’s vocal cords, legs, and memory muscles.  It also goes by other names, including The Prince of Paris. This version of the game can be played with very large groups, even over one hundred (arranged into teams).  It can also be played individually with groups of ten or so. In both games the players must remember the script. One of the goals is to speak in unison with your team-members, fostering a sense of team spirit. Set-up Arrange the players into teams. There should be an equal number of teams. Five to ten players is a good team size. For example, six teams of five would work for thirty players,…
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The Energy Game (Hands of Power)

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
The Energy Game is a drama class warm-up exercise. One player starts by making a sound and a motion, such as a raising fist and growling, or spreading out their arms and roaring. In turn, each player amplifies the energy of this action, as it gets louder and louder around the group. Play the Energy Game Everyone stands in a circle. The first player makes a sound and a motion. For example, they might put their hand up and say "Umm", or wrap their arms around themselves and shiver, or hide their head and whimper, or shake their finger and sigh. Everyone should be at ease doing whatever action and sound they feel like. This is an opportunity to be creative, but part of the beauty of the game is that…
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Who’s My Match?

Active, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Talking Games
If you're peanut butter, where is your jelly?  Which fictional police detective is the partner of David Starsky? Which royal is married to Kate Middleton? In this introductions game, the guests at your get-together take on the role of famous figures. Through the power of conversation they will figure out each other's hidden identities, and try and find their match! This game will play everyone at the party.  Ten to twenty people or so will make for a good game -- but it certainly works fine for larger groups. Set-Up As the host of the party, prepare a name-tag for each guest at your party by writing the names of famous figures from famous partnership on each name-tag. Both halves of the partnership should be represented on a name-tag. For example, you…
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Word Association

Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Thinking is all about making connections in the brain. Reveal something about how you and your friends think using this simple game of making connections between words. Play Work Association with two to eight players. It works nicely as a conversation starter, a car game, or as a drinking game. How to Play Word Association Everyone sits in a circle.  The first player, chosen randomly, says one word out loud.  The next player, in clockwise order, has to quickly say a word that has some connection with the previous word. What counts a connection is down to the parliament of players to determine: if somebody doesn’t like a connection, they can challenge it, and everyone votes on whether or not to allow it. In the event of a tie, the…
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Bang / The Gun Name Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Stationary, Talking Games
To avoid getting shot, learn and remember names of the people in a group! Bang! or (The Gun Name Game) is a game of name-recall that works perfectly amongst strangers as an introductions game, but is also a game of reactions that can be played in groups of people that already know each other. Younger boys especially will love it, because any time spent pointing fingers as weapons and shouting “Bang!” is time well spent — and perhaps we don’t even have to be all that young! Bang! needs a big group to be played -- ideally more than 12 people.  It takes just a few minutes. Rules Everyone arranges themselves in a circle. An organizer, who is not playing, calls out the name of somebody in the circle. For example,…
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