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Back to School Icebreakers

Ice breaker gamesNew school? New term? New Students? The new school year is nearly upon us. How do you get those kids integrated and off to an enthusiastic flying start? By careful selection and use of back to school ice breaker games. Here's a selection:

Balloon Game

Depending on their age the classic game with the balloons is an absolute favourite with younger kids;  it’s fun, inexpensive and physical and helps reduce anxieties. Have enough balloons on strings for every child to have 2 balloons. Tie each balloon to children's ankles. Make sure the area is safe - lawn or grass is best in case they fall over their strings. Each child has to try and burst another child's ballooon whilst protecting their own. The last child with a balloon remaining is the winner!

Yarn Game

This game is suitable for adults as well as children - just change the questions.

You will need a large ball of yarn and have the class sitting in a circle. Hold onto the end of the yarn and throw the ball to a student. You then ask them a getting to know you question like; where do you live or what is your favourite color, animal, toy, movie etc.  They answer the question and then hold the yarn and then throw the ball to another student and asks them a question. Make sure everyone hold onto the yarn and does not let go. At the end you will have a giant web of yarn that connects the whole class. Explain that whilst we are all individuals we are still connected in some way to each other.

Niceties

This is a great ice breaker for groups who know each other.

Tape a  piece of flip chart paper onto each person’s back. Each person writes something they like about the person who’s paper they are writing on. Even if they don’t know each other very well, they can find something nice to write on the paper…ie, nice hair, great smile, warm and friendly etc. When they read the nice comments they will be ecstatic and it teaches the importance of small niceties and how good it feels to give and receive compliments.

Ice breaker games have been continually used by professional trainers, teachers and group leaders for many years. They are one of the best and most fun ways of "breaking the ice", opening up groups and preparing the group for the main part of any event. Sharon Naylor has been a proponent of ice breaker games for all her career; ever since she took part in an ice breaker! For more fantastic ice breaker ideas to speed up that getting to know you stage for back-to-school classes and any other groups check-out her ice breaker ideas web-site NOW

 

 

Back to School Games

Here's a couple more fantastic Back to School Ice Breaker Games. They are sure to set your new school term alight!

1.Make 2 circles - an inner and an outer circle where they are facing each other. Have students introduce themselves and say one thing they like to do. After these introductions rotate the inner circle by moving one seat to the left. The outer circle stays as it is. Repeat the process but this time have the outer circle move the opposite way .

2.Get each person to write down one thing that is true about themselves and 2 things that are false. Find a partner and swap facts. Each have to guess the true fact. After a few minutes swap partners.

Examples could be:

  • I rode an ostrich
  • I have a pet duck called Binky
  • I have never been on an aeroplane
Which is the true fact?

Make back to school days fun and exciting this year!  Don't be boring this new school year - get your pupils hyped, excited and firing on all cylinders!  More fantastic back to school ice breakers, games and ideas can be found in our Ice Breaker Youth Collection - ready to go NOW!

Back to School Ideas

Back to schoolStarting a new school year is probably the most important 

time of the school year. It's when you meet new classes

and establish a firm relationship for the rest of the

school year. Start as you mean to go on; establish new

relationships quickly and get kids looking forward to the

rest of what's on offer!


Here's a simple back to school ice breaker:

 It's a snowball fight! On the first day of school everyone writes three

facts about themselves on a piece of paper. Make sure they don't write their

names and make sure every one is wearing a name tag! Crumple the paper into

balls and throw them around. Everyone grabs one. Each person reads one out

and guesses who wrote it. It's fun and you get to know a bit more about each

other.

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you're bound to find new and novel ways to get your kids inspired and

excited and eager to hear what you have to say next!

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