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!

Late Arrivals Game

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Talking Games
The Late Arrivals Game is an entertaining word/talking game. It is a parlor game that was featured on Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue in the United Kingdom. Each player takes a turn as the toastmaster of a fancy ball, introducing the guests of the ball. This game can serve as an icebreaker or party game. It can be silly and works best with people 16 and up. The game works best with groups of about 6-8 people. The game involves some creativity, so you may form pairs or groups of three as well. Setup for Late Arrivals Game First, the facilitator (host) of the game must decide what the late arrivals have in common -- in other words, what the theme of the ball is. Ideas for a round…
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Shoe Pile Mingle

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games, Team building
A great way to break the ice is the Shoe Pile Meet-and-Greet Mingle Game. This icebreaker game is especially useful for corporations and training situations where you want to break the ice and build up team chemistry. Setup for Shoe Pile Mingle Ask everyone to take off one of their shoes (only one of their shoes). Have everyone throw their shoe into a big pile in the center of the room. Playing Shoe Pile Mingle Game Explain the rules of the game. Once everyone takes off one shoe and throws it into a big shoe pile, have everyone randomly grab a shoe. The goal is to mingle and go around the room, introducing yourself and talking to many people and trying to find the person whose shoe you are holding.…
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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

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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Icebreaker Questions

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Icebreaker Questions is simply a list of 20 great questions that you can ask people to help them feel more part of a group or team. These questions are fun and non-threatening. 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 Icebreaker Questions A great way to help people open up is to ask them fun questions that allow them to express their personality or interesting things about them. Here is a list of twenty safe, useful icebreaker questions to help break the ice: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? If you were an animal,…
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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

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Candy Introductions 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 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 five different…
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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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Two Truths and a Lie

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games
Two Truths and a Lie is a classic get-to-know-you icebreaker. Players tell two truths and one lie. The object of the game is to to determine which statement is the false one. Interesting variations of this game are provided below. This game is a get-to-know-you icebreaker. Recommended group size is: small, medium, or large. Works best with 6-10 people. Any indoor setting will work. No special materials are needed, although pencil and paper is optional. For all ages. Instructions for Two Truths and a Lie Ask all players to arrange themselves in a circle. Instruct each player to think of three statements about themselves. Two must be true statements, and one must be false. For each person, he or she shares the three statements (in any order) to the group. The…
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