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Just come back from my action learning set and we had another great ice breaker game to start us off on our meeting. You will need a rope sling or loop, big enough to slip over the heads and bodies of your colleagues.
- Ask everyone to form a circle and hold hands.
- Place the loop between 2 people (need to break hands for a moment) and then instruct the participants to pass the loop all the way around the group without letting it fall to the floor and without breaking hands or stepping out of the loop
- Participants will need to wriggle away and help each other get the loop around the circle. It’s good fun and breaks the ice! Once they have done it once you can time it and see how fast they can do it.
Ice Breakers are great for getting groups of people who barely know each to open up and share a bit about themselves. Here’s a really easy one that’s quick to set-up:
You will need 2 ropes or tape or something to make 2 parallel lines on the floor. The gap between the lines should be wide enough to have all the group stand inside the middle section of the 2 lines.
Make a list of pairs for example:
- beach or mountain
- active or relaxed
- wine or beer
- meat or vegetables
- rock or pop
- hot or cold
- travel or stay at home
- gold or silver
- smart or casual
- coffee or tea
- quiet or lively
An easy and really quick ice breaker for new groups of 8 upwards is called “Pairs”. You will need a set of 8 or more objects (one for each person) that can be paired together or prepare a printed version with pictures. For example you could use:
- knife and fork
- cat and mouse
- paper and pen
- candle and match
- nut and nutcracker
- dustpan and brush
- stamp and letter
- salt and pepper
- shoe and sock
- padlock and key
- brush and comb
Distribute the items and ask people to find their partner. If you can place the objects in a bag or cover, it acts as a bit more of a surprise. Once people have found their partners allow a few minutes for each person to introduce themselves to the other. Bring everyone back to the circle and then ask each partner to introduce the other person to the group.
Sharon Naylor is passionate about ice breaker games for elevating meetings, training and events; turning “boring” into “extraordinary” and really getting people mixing and having fun. Check-out her web-site for more fabulous ice breaker games and ideas to instantly download.
Here’s such a quick easy icebreaker that needs no preparation and is great for new groups and suitable for all sorts of numbers too. The only thing you need is space to mingle.
Ask participants to stand up. When you call the first instruction ask them to find a partner and introduce themselves, and share 2 things about themselves. Then you announce the next instruction and they find a new, preferably unknown partner to share a bit about each other.
Instructions might be:
- Find someone with in the group of the same age as you
- Find someone with the same colour hair
- Find someone with the same colour eyes
- Same type of car
- Same number of kids
- Same height
- Same birth month
- Same school
- Same job
- Same pet
- Same tastes in music, food
- Same hobby
A quick review might look at:
- How many pairings were made?
- How did you feel if not paired up?
- Were you amazed at the same commonalities we have?
Sharon Naylor is passionate about ice breaker games for work, play, parties, meetings, groups and clubs. A quick ice breaker at the start of a meeting or event helps people relax, injects a sense of fun into gatherings, speed up that getting to know you stage and gets people ready to face the rest of the event with high energy and expectation.
The games master instructs the group to break into smaller groups according to birthdays. Once in the birthday groups the group members introduce themselves to each other, and the largest group of same birthday scored 1 point for each group member.
Next the gamesmaster might call date of birthday and ask people to reform groups according to dates. You might want to introduce a 2 day either-side of date for this for smaller groups. If a person has a choice of two groups they get to choose which group to be a part of. Again the largest group scores 1 point per person.
Continue in this line asking groups to form and re-form according to your criteria. Each time, the group members introduce themselves to each other, and the largest group wins a point per person. Finally, when groups have had enough and enough introductions are made, the winners are the ones with the most points at the end.
Other criteria could be:
- Number of siblings
- Make up of siblings eg. 2 sisters or 1 sister and 2 brothers
- Place of birth
- Type of car or transport
- Age within 2 either side
- Name begins with…