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Hi there! Just read about this - sounds like a fabulous team building game or ice breaker:
The group is tasked to write using the strings to move a marker pen.
Have them do a variety of building from just drawing a circle- then a shape, then a word or sentence.
More fun ice breaker games and ideas from ice breaker ideas.com
Just had a big thumbs up from one of our clients for an ice breaker she received from me this week.
It's a really easy game tht I've mentioned before called SNOWBALLS. Very apt for this time of year.
Just to remind you:
- Get everyone to sit in a circle and give everyone a pen and a sheet of paper
- Ask people to write an interesting thing about themselves on the paper
- Ask them to screw up the paper and throw the “snowball” into the middle
- Mix all the snowballs up and ask each person to take a snowball
- Taking turns, each person introduces themselves and then reads out what is contained in the snowball.
- They then have 3 guesses to try and work out who the owner is.
- Continue round the circle until all snowballs have been matched to owners.
It’s a really simple way of finding out a bit more about each other. For a more advanced and riskier version ask participants to write down the most interesting thing about themselves! For tons more ice breaker games for your next meeting or event visit the ice breaker ideas web-site
There's a brilliant article in The Sunday Times Style section this weekend.
In it they asked some food experts "if you were a vegetable...." Of course this got me thinking - it's very similar to quite a few of our ice breaker games "if you were an animal what would you be?" "if you were a pudding what would it be..?" Obviously they have to expand on their answers and the Sunday Times had some really insightful ones...
Gizzi Erskine, TV chef
"An artichoke - multifaceted, pretty, occasionally thorny and a pain to deal with"
Lily Vanilli, cupcake maker
"Asparagus, because I've got great tips, or maybe celeriac, because I'm well hard."
Ravinder Bhogal, recipe writer and TV presenter
"An onion, because there are lots of layers to me (my first layer comes off easily). Also i'm best when pickled"
You get the picture! There's absolutely no reason why you couldn't use this as an ice breaker game for your training, meetings and events.
Ice breaker games are fantastic for getting people to talk and befriend each other quickly. They bring people together that otherwise may not have the opportunity to talk. Having a bit of fun together breaks down barriers quickly and helps people relax. Icebreakers speed up the getting to know you process and make it easier to take a group forward. They are a trainer's dream tool but can be used in many more meeting situations than people do!
When should you use an Ice Breaker Game?
Ice breaker games have so many uses both at work and away from work. They can be used for all ages too! You can use them to start your training sessions, sales meetings and corporate events but you can also use them to integrate your school pupils at the start of the new school year, for youth groups, club meetings etc. Virtually any group gathering could make use of ice breaker games to ensure an event gets off to a good start. I used to use them at the start of every PTA meeting.
To get your meetings off to an excellent start you should learn how to to lead an icebreaker really well. Get to know your chosen ice breaker game very well and then practise on your friends!
First, give an overview of the game and then step by step instructions. Start with easy ice breaker games when you're first starting out and then learn something a bit more challenging for established groups. Ask around colleagues and friends for their favourite ice breaker games and try those. With some great care and attention you will grow in confidence and your meetings and events will have a real buzz about them.
Ice breaker games can be quite noisy and busy affairs - that's what they're supposed to be! if you need to amke yourself heard you might think about investing in a whistle, bell or some attention getting device.
Try this easy ice breaker game:
- Have everyone seated in a circle. You stand in the centre. You say
- "Everyone wearing blue change places and greet your neighbours on both sides"
- So everyone wearing blue changes places and you try and slip into one of the vacant seats. Allow a few seconds for people to greet their new neighbours
- The new person in the centre issues another command such as:
- "Everyone who drove here today change places and greet your new neighbours"
- The person in the centre slips into a vacant seat, everyone greets their new neighbours and on it goes until everyone has met lots of people and had enough!!
- Above all, have fun with this energetic ice breaker game suitable for all kinds of groups.
Sharon Naylor is passionate about ice breaker games for work, play, parties, meetings, groups and clubs. In fact anywhere people are connecting to others whether it be for the first time or even when familiar with each other. If you would like to find some great icebreaker ideas for your next training or event visit the ice breaker ideas web-site for hundreds of amazing games and fun icebreakers.
New 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:
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!
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.
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
A great little ice breaker game to start a training session or meeting is "How I See Myself". This ice breaker is particularly good for getting to know each other's strengths and weaknesses and see how others view them.
Ask participants to bring their chairs into a circle and simply hand out a blank postcard to each person. Ask each person to write down 5 adjectives that describe themselves; 3 should be strengths and 2 should be perceived weaknesses. So i might write: enthusiastic, imaginative, creative, impatient and intolerant. Put all the cards into a hat, basket or recepticle and mix up.
Walk around the circle with the hat and get each person to pick a card (hopefully it won't be their own; if it is, they will have to put back and take another). Go around the circle and in turn read out the card - that person then has to guess who the card belongs to.
When the ice breaker game is finished, find out who was easy to guess and who wasn't and why?
A great variation would be to pull names out of a hat and write 5 adjectives for that person, put them back into the hat and repeat the above process. How accurate would the 5 word descriptions. If it was easy to guess you'll know it's a fairly accurate view of how people see you.
Sharon Naylor is passionate about ice breaker games and uses them extensively to kickstart training sessions, group meetings and team building. For more fantastic training ice breakers and ideas to instantly download and transform your events visit the ice breaker ideas web-site.
Who Am I?
Here's a great little fun icebreaker you can use for teams that are quite well established. Works well with all kinds of teams including school groups and as a meetings ice breaker.
Divide the group up into teams of at least 5 players. One person is being questioned in each round and will answer a question from every other team member. The only trick is that they answer the questions as if they were another person in the team! Mmmm... tricky. The questioners should think carefully about the questions they ask and really try and get into the mind of the person they are trying to be.
At the end of each round - every person in the team gets to guess the identity of the person they are trying to be.
Possible questions could be:
- If you were an animal what would you be?
- if you were a bird what type of bird would you be?
- What would be your ideal vacation?
- Which famous person do you most respect?
- if tomorrow was your last day on earth how would you spend it?
- What clothes would you love to wear but never dare?
- What is your wildest dream?
- Who is a leader you most respect?
- What is the greates quality you posess?
- What annoys you most about other people?
- What do you do if you make a mistake? own up or cover up?
- Do you prefer to love or be loved?
So what do we learn from this? That people's preconceptions about another person can be totally wrong or right or mostly somewhere inbetween. It's good if everybody in the team has a chance to be the assumed person. Explore what it's like to be mis- represented or even deeper what is that that person does to make someone think that way?
Sharon Naylor is passionate about ice breaker games for work, play, parties, meetings, groups and clubs. In fact anywhere people are connecting to others whether it be for the first time or even when familiar with each other. Icebreaker games inject a sense of fun into proceedings, speed up that getting to know you stage and get people ready to face the rest of the event with energy and enthusiasm. For hundreds of amazing, fun icebreakers that you can use with your own groups and teams visit the ice breaker ideas web-site.
Many trainers, group leaders, teachers, charity workers, committee leaders, church, youth and team leaders to professional consultants and managers employ ice breakers to break down barriers and accelerate the getting to know you phase of learning and engagement.
This ice breaker game is ideal for newish teams and ideal group size is 7 -15.
- So, give each person an envelope and enough strips of paper for every person in the group. So, if there are 12 people in the group give each person an envelope and 12 strips of paper.
- Get everyone to write their name on the envelop and then pass the envelope to the person on their left.
- Instruct every receiver of the envelope to write a positive first impression about the person with their name on the envelope they hold. Then place the strip of paper in the enveope and pass to the left again. Repeat the process for every person in the group.
Eventually the envelope will return to the owner and will contain 12 strips of paper, each with a positive first impression. Ask each person in turn to dip into their envelope and read aloud a positive attribute.
How powerful is this! Each person will have an envelope full of positive messages and will feel warm towards the group, even though they barely know each other. This is a fantastic platform to build on!
Here's a great game I recently came across though it is more for an established group than a new group.
Split your group into teams - you will need at least 2 teams. Allocate every team to another team and than ask each team to write a story about the other team using their talents and positive attributes.
- First, get teams to make a list of the team members they are portraying as characters for their story.
- Make sure teams can't hear each other during the writing.
- Allow about 20 minutes to write the story.
- When everyone is ready get each team in turn to read out the story.
Ask groups for feedback and question what it was like to hear themselves being described as part of a story.
Were people surprised at their chosen attributes and talents ? Do they see themselves as others do?
You can use this game as a corporate ice breaker or a group game for teams that know each other fairly well
Check-out the Incredible Ice Breaker Games and Ideas web-site for more group games and ice breaker ideas.
One of the best party games for kids is the memory tray game - so why not turn it into a Halloween party game. All you need to do is find a load of scary objects - these could be plastic spiders, bats, skulls, etc. the sort of things you can buy cheaply in a dollar store. Around 20 items is ideal.
Put them on a tray and then cover them with a cloth. Give every child a peice of paper and a pen and then give them a minute to view the objects. Cover the objects up and then give them 2 minutes to write down all the items they remember. The child with the most correct answers is the winner.
Or we enjoy playing in teams best!