Category: Talking Games

Talking games involve — you guessed it — talking! They often allow people to share their opinions or interesting things about themselves. Try them out and have fun!

Word Chains

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Test memory skills and on the spot thinking with Word Chains, a highly adaptable icebreaker for smaller groups. Players will sit in a circle and list words in a category. They must remember the words said previously and think of unique words to add. This icebreaker challenges memory skills and is great for players of any age. Word Chains naturally gets more difficult the longer it's played. This means that players will be able to take the game to their skill level organically. One variation of Word Chains is to start the game with the phrase, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring…" Each player would add an item to the list after listing everything that came before. Any category of object can be used for Word Chains,…
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Would You Rather? Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Ask the group to decide what they would rather do given two possible options. Take a poll, and then lead a short debate between the merits and disadvantages of each option. The questions can range from silly, to gross, to impossibly cool. This icebreaker can also be adapted to fit a theme, such as a holiday or study unit. Would You Rather is a dynamic activity that makes people think on their feet and gives insight into their priorities. Would You Rather is a good icebreaker for large or small groups and is most effective in 10 to 40 minutes sessions. This highly adaptable activity can easily be made age appropriate for young children, adolescents, and even adults. Small groups could use this activity in more of a debate style,…
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Time Hop

Get-to-know-you, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Time Hop is all about exploring different periods throughout each others' lives. The game is played with coins or possibly even stamps that have a date on them from more recent years. You will use these date to open up topics of discussions and learn what life was like for the other players at that point. The game is played best with a smaller group, so everyone will feel most comfortable. Make sure that the group of people you invite are all on equal terms to make everyone as comfortable as possible when talking about their life. What You Need To Play Time Hop This is what you will need to play Time Hop: A hat or bag. Items with a year marker on them. A list of years everyone was…
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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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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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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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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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Categories (or Similarities) Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games
Each team must find a certain amount of things they all have in common (similarities) before the other teams in this simple competitive icebreaker game. It's best for ages 8+. It works great for medium sized groups, or even really large groups of 20+ people if you split into smaller sized groups. Materials needed You won’t need anything to play this game. If you’d like to make things more official, you can use a piece of paper and a writing utensil for each team to record their similarities on, although this is not necessary. How to set up the Categories (or Similarities) game: No setup is necessary to play the Similarities game! How to play: Divide your group up into separate teams of about 5 people each. Ideally you should end up with…
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Memorable Catchy Names

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Memorable Catchy Names is one of the simplest icebreakers you can play, but it's short and sweet! And it might be one of the most efficient ways to get to know other people better in an amusing way. The game involves going around in a circle, so it probably works best in a small or medium sized group. Setup for Memorable Catchy Names No set up is necessary! This icebreaker works great in a classroom or indoors. Playing Memorable Catchy Names Get into a circle. Instruct everyone to think about an adjective to describe themselves. The adjective should start with the same letter as their first name. For example, "Funny Fred," or "Powerful Paul," or "Clever Charlene." Have each person go around and announce their new name for the rest…
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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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