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Send me your best icebreaker game or story and win the Icebreaker Games ebook!

By Lyndsay Swinton

It's my bet that you're looking for an icebreaker game for a large or small group. But perhaps you have a favourite icebreaker game that you would like to add to the site, or a funny story about an icebreaker you led or took part in.

I think we can build a great icebreaker resource here, so if you can send in either your best icebreaker, or a story about an icebreaker that gets published on the site, you will win the ‘Penguin’ Icebreaker Ebook, which contains 10 great icebreakers, and 7 brainstorming tips.

So send in your game or story below and remember to include your email address so I can send you your prize!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

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Lyndsay Swinton
Owner, Management for the Rest of Us www.mftrou.com


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Pulling Names from a Hat Icebreaker 
A quick introductions game, best for small groups (6 - 10). Give all participants small pieces of paper equal to the number of letters in their first …

"These Are a Few of My Favourite Things" Memory Game 
This is an ideal game for an attitude-enhancing session like "How to Be Positive". Have all the delegates stand or sit in a cicle or semi-circle. …

Pass the Chicken 
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Quick Thinking Preparation - a list of topics on cards Materials - …

Kill your ego icebreaker game 
I was conducting a team building course and used this icebreaker game. I asked the participants to close all their work and ready to go to outside. …

Virtual Volley Ball Icebreaker Game 
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Energiser Preparation - none Materials - none Time: 5 to 10 minutes …

"My Name Is" Adjective Ice-breaker Game 
I use this game generally before starting my training session. Trainees are asked to introduce themselves by choosing an adjective which starts with …

Customer Service Ice Breaker - Ha Ha 
I use this icebreaker to get the team in training back into gear after lunch. I use it to demonstrate how a smile makes a difference and how to turn a …

Paper Tear (Communication) 
To demonstrate how each of us receives information differently, ask 3-5 individuals (depending on the size of your group) to volunteer to stand in front …

Drawing with one pen - A Challenging Ice Breaker Exercise 
Suitable for 2 teams or more (less than 10 people in each team) Duration: 20-30 minutes Materials: Drawing paper e.g. flip chart and pen, one set …

Quick and Easy Ice Breaker - Animal Concoction 
This easy ice breaker is suitable for small groups, and is for all ages. It's a simple creativity exercise, which can be used as a "warm up" to further …

One thing I have never done  
Distribute coins to each member in the team. Every member in the group is asked to tell the rest of the group one thing they have never done. e.g. …

Marshmallow Tower Icebreaker Game 
For this game, you need 1 packet of marshmallows, 1 packet of spaghetti. The idea is to have 2 or more teams in competition to see who builds the highest …

Human Bingo 
Group Size - Large (20+) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Fun Preparation - request hobbies, unusual activities or likes/dislikes …

Toilet Paper on a Roll - Getting To Know You Ice Breaker Game 
This getting to know you ice breaker game is quick and the only preparation is to grab a roll of toilet paper and take it to the meeting. Have each …

Funny Titles 
Let each one describe any weather or climate with some colourful adjectives. eg. sizzling hot chilling cold so on .... Tell this to the person …

First letter of your name 
This ice breaker game involves each group member giving the group leader one word that best describes them, beginning with the first letter of their first …

Christian ice breaker game 
I host a christian based small group every week, about 6-10 people. One ice breaker game that we have found to be exciting and challenging is to do the …

Anything, anything, anything icebreaker game 
This icebreaker game works in the same way as rock, paper, scissors but can be anything. Two participants stand facing each other and do the usual …

Linked Circle Team Building Game 
Have everyone in the group stand in a circle, facing outwards, then link arms. After this is done, have them try to sit on the floor without breaking the …

Extremely Together Icebreaker Game 
Group Size - Small 5 to 10 people Group Abilities - Some physical activity Icebreaker Purpose - energy Boost Preparation - none Materials - 1 blown …

Newcomer Bingo 
Create a sheet like a bingo card but ask for signatures of people who fill certain requirements instead of an 'X' in the box. Depending on the group, …

Match the Sticker Icebreaker Game 
Here's how the Match the Sticker Icebreaker Game works. I placed small stickers of different insects on 3 x 5 cards and pinned them to each lady as …

Guessing your housing number and age 
Ask students to write their house number and multiply by 2; then the result plus 5; the result multiply by 50; then result plus student age; then result …

The Machine 
I love playing this game with my sorority and with other organizations on campus. Its fun and really opens everyone up. Playing it is simple. Get into …

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Glad to know you! 
Overview Participants get a chance to know each other's personal background at the beginning of the learning. Goals 1. To let participants introduce …

A Yes or No Question Game 
Participants will be provided candy or any food for them. They will be asked to find a co-participant and ask each other anything they wanted to. If he/she …

Lemon Throwing Team Builder 
This team building exercise was used during a training day at a restaurant where I worked. With the entire team gathered in a circle, we started throwing …

Newspaper halved game 
Get your group to pair off. Give each pair a piece of newspaper. Ask both of them to step on the newspaper and make sure they are inside the edge. …

Introduce a Partner 
Each person in the meeting is assigned a partner. The two interview each other to determine background, education, interests, hobbies, pet peeves, etc. …

"It's a Lie!" (Getting to Know You Game) Not rated yet
List three things about yourself. For example, activities, ambitions, hobbies, lifestyle...anything at all. BUT one of the three must be a lie! The …

"Cross the River" Team Building Exercise Not rated yet
Group Size: Medium (5-20) Group Abilities: Some physical activity Activity Purpose: Learning to work together Materials: Masking tape, and 5 sheets …

How I Am Like/Unlike My Pinecone! Introductions Activity Not rated yet
Each summer, I pick up pinecones from under the trees around my property in the mountains of Arizona. I begin each school year by having my students pick …

True or False? Introductions Game Not rated yet
This is a very simple game that can be fun and revealing. Participants introduce themselves in two sentences, one a true statement and the other a lie. …

Puzzling Out Ways to Communicate and Succeed Not rated yet
This was an activity done for a meeting of 10 people, most of whom had communicated only via email and not met before. Before the meeting, I had each …

"I'm feeling like a teddy bear..." Not rated yet
In order to take the seriousness out of a group that meets for the first time, I usually put some objects (a stapler, a pair of scissors, some Post-It …

Balloon Popping Game Not rated yet
Group Size: Medium (5-20) Group Abilities: Physical Activity Icebreaker Purpose: Energizer Materials: 1 blown up balloon and 60cm of string per person …

A Song for You - Creative Icebreaker Not rated yet
Divide the group into pairs and give them some time to get to know each other (meaning of name, nature, peculiar habits, characteristics, favourite things, …

"Guess the Hobby" Icebreaker Not rated yet
This is a simple "getting to know you" game for a group of ten or more. All you need are people and a board or easel to write on. 1) Split the group …

"Respect Inventory" Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
Time Required: 25 minutes Goal: To develop an "experience inventory" to analyze a group’s experience in being treated with respect in the workplace. …

"Form a Square" Leadership Ice Breaker Not rated yet
Group Size: Small (5) but large group can split into small groups of 5 Group Abilities: Some physical activity Icebreaker purpose: Communication and …

Lines of Nonverbal Communication Not rated yet
Have the participants form groups of 4 to 5 people and stand in a straight line (as though queueing up for something). The goal of this communication exercise …

"ABCs of Me" Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size: Any Group Ability: All abilities Icebreaker purpose: Getting to know you Materials: Paper,Markers,Tape Time: 15 minutes Instructions: …

Pass the Ball to Keep It Flowing Not rated yet
Group Size: Medium (5-20) Group Abilities: All abilities Icebreaker Purpose:Energiser, Getting to know you Materials: ball or similar to throw Time: …

Three Words - Word/Thinking Game Not rated yet
Have the group stand in a circle with one volunteer at the centre. The volunteer closes his/her eyes while the group passes around a ball (or any item). …

A Tangled Web - Team Building Exercise Not rated yet
For this exercise, you'll need a large open space (or large table) and a large ball of yarn. Gather the participants in a circle sitting around you …

I Become You - to Get to Know You Not rated yet
Divide the participants into pairs, then give them 10 minutes to get to know each other well (family, academics, experience, likes/dislikes, hobbies, etc.). …

Bracelet Memories Icebreaker Not rated yet
I work for a non-profit that works closely with low-income families. Each year, we have a large meeting with new parents. This year, our icebreaker …

What Do You Most Value? Icebreaker Not rated yet
Give each participant five pieces of paper and have them write down five things (one per paper) they most value. For example: money, job, children, spouse, …

"The Candy Code" Icebreaker Not rated yet
Group Size: Medium (5-20) Group Abilities: All abilities Icebreaker purpose: Getting to know you Materials: 6 different types of small candy, and enough …

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Name Chain Memory Game  Not rated yet
Group Size: Medium (5-20) Group Abilities: All abilities Icebreaker Purpose: Getting to know you Materials: None Time: 10 minutes Instructions: …

What Impression Do You Make on Others? Icebreaker Not rated yet
This game can accommodate any number of participants. Attach a piece of paper to each participant's back and provide them with a pen or marker. Give the …

How Many Letters in Your Name? Icebreaker Not rated yet
Have each participant grab a partner or form small groups of 3 or 4. Each group member is to count up the number of letters in their full name. (You …

Memory Test Not rated yet
This is a test of memory that can be played in groups. It's a very useful game whenever there is a huge number of members available. We will show some …

Beach Ball Questions Icebreaker Not rated yet
Write numbers on a beach ball and have the participants throw it around the group. When someone catches the ball, ask them a question from a prepared, …

Newspaper Ad Teamwork Game Not rated yet
Divide the group into smaller groups (3-4 people). A topic for creating an advertisement is given; for example, soap. Each team has to create an …

Sewing Thread Maze Race - Teamwork Game Not rated yet
1) Form groups of 5-6 people sitting down, maybe around a table. 2) Hand out a spool of thread to each group and ask them to wind it around the group, …

What's That Verse? Not rated yet
This game is for a Sunday School class or Bible study group. You put your group in a large circle and pass a Bible around the circle like a "hot potato" …

Alphabet Names Icebreaker Not rated yet
This icebreaker can be used for a group of people who know each other fairly well. As the facilitator armed with a list of all the group members' names, …

Table Swap Icebreaker Not rated yet
At a church function, we were to have dinner with our age group. We sat with some usual friends and found three sealed envelopes lying on the table. While …

Mind-bending Number Game to Stretch Your Group Not rated yet
Group Size: Medium to Large (5 - 20+) Group Abilities: All abilities Icebreaker Purpose: Mental workout Materials: None Time: 5 minutes Instructions: …

Leaning Tower of Cups Teamwork Game Not rated yet
Divide the participants into several smaller groups and give each group 20 cups. Using those 20 cups, each group has to build the tallest tower they …

"Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave" Team Builder Not rated yet
This team building "twister" game is a great way to gain insight into group dynamics. It works best with six to ten people. Have the group stand in …

Get to Know Other Foodies Game Not rated yet
First, divide the group into smaller groups by the type of cuisine they like best. For example, you might have a Continental group, a Thai group, Chinese, …

"Find the Person Who..." Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
Prepare handouts with the following statements placed in a grid (or create your own statements following these examples). - Has the same birth month …

Fun "Catch the Peanut" Debriefing Game Not rated yet
Group Size: Medium to large (5-20+) Group Abilities: Some physical ability Icebreaker purpose: Communication Materials: a lot of peanuts, or similar …

Fun & Twisted "Pipe Cleaner Personalities" Icebreaker Not rated yet
Group Size: Medium (5-20) Group Abilities: All abilities Icebreaker purpose: Creativity, Getting to know you Materials: Pipe cleaners, bell, watch or …

Double Conversation Not rated yet
1. Have the participants split up into groups of three. 2. Have them sit with one person in the middle and the others on either side, facing the middle. …

Add Up the Group - Logic Icebreaker Not rated yet
Group Size: Large (20+) Group Abilities: Some physical ability Icebreaker Purpose: Mental workout Materials: small pieces of paper with numbers written …

"What Happened in the Year of the Coin?" Icebreaker Not rated yet
Each person retrieves a coin from a basket in the room and notes the year in which that coin was minted. Then go around the room and give each person 60 …

Describe Your Teammates Not rated yet
This exercise can be done with big or small groups and helps build team spirit, helps people get to know one another, and helps self-esteem. Keeping …

"Too Many Cooks" Group Problem Solving Game Not rated yet
Your family (group) just inherited a successful restaurant from Chef Charlie, a long-lost relative. The only problem: Charlie was very disorganized. The …

Quick & Easy "M&M Facts" Icebreaker Not rated yet
Pass around a bowl of M&M's, peanuts, or other small snack or candy. Ask each person to take some, but not eat any yet. Once everyone has some candy, …

Break the Ice with Colourful Balloons Not rated yet
As they arrive, we offer each participant a choice between three or four different colour balloons. Once they have chosen according to their preference, …

Bonnie Bounce Musical Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
To wake up a group I have them sing or play a tape of the song "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean" and ask them to sit or stand every time they here a word …

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Balloon Bedlam! (Loud but Fun Game) Not rated yet
One of our doctors came up with this game as a way of breaking the ice and getting rid of underlying anxiety and stress in a practice team. For this …

"Find Someone Who..." Introductions Game Not rated yet
This is a simple "getting to know you" game that can be played bingo-style, or (if you're short on prep time) as a verbal grouping game, where each category …

"Introduce a Stranger" Ice Breaker Not rated yet
Divide the entire group into pairs, being careful that each pair has two people from different departments and/or who don't know each other. Give the …

Alliterative Adjectives Memory Game Not rated yet
Get everyone to stand in a circle. Ask each person to introduce themselves using an adjective that describes them and begins with the first letter of …

"Blind Painting" Communication Game Not rated yet
Group Size: Small (up to 5) Group Abilities: All abilities Icebreaker Purpose: Communication Materials: 1) Drawing surface: whiteboard, easel with …

Blindfolded Trust and Communication Game Not rated yet
This is a fantastic exercise in trust, communication, and team building. You will need furniture and other materials to build a simple obstacle course, …

Quick "Find Your Partner" Ice-breaker Game Not rated yet
This "Find Your Partner" ice-breaker game is to help people pair up quickly. It's great when people don't know each other, or if you want to mix up different …

I can't make him laugh Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Fun Preparation - source 10 short funny videos Materials - something …

Creating Team Spirit - Photograph Treasure Hunt Icebreaker Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Getting To Know You Preparation - Create questionnaire, source photographs, …

Paper Back Writer Ice Breaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) to Large (20+) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Fun Preparation - none Materials - sticky tape, 1 paper …

Alphabets Team Characteristics Not rated yet
Group Size - Small to Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Team Building Preparation - none Materials - none Time - …

What's Your Favourite Restaurant? Not rated yet
Group Size - Small Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - none Materials - none Time - 5 minutes I worked …

Which State are you from?  Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Energiser Preparation - none Materials - none Time: 10 minutes …

It wasn't me, it was my other me.... Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - none Materials - blank stickers, pens Time: …

Balloon Bursting Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Any size Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Energiser Preparation - none Materials - 3-5 balloons per person, pens that …

You Said Yes Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Fun Preparation - cut out small pieces of paper with the word "yes" …

Power of the Subconscious Mind Not rated yet
Group Size - Small Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Teamwork Preparation - none Materials - a wooden broom handle or similar Time …

Know Your Partner Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) to Large Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Getting to Know You Preparation - a list of questions or topics …

The Movie Title of My Life Ice breaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - none Materials - none Time - 10 minutes …

Body Hide Not rated yet
Group Size - Small to Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - Some Physical Activity Icebreaker Purpose - Team work Preparation - none Materials - none Time …

Balloon race Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Energiser Preparation - none Materials - chairs, balloons Time: 10 …

Zap Out! Name Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Learning Names Preparation - none Materials - none Time - 10 minutes …

Month on month icebreaker presentation Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - none Materials - pens and paper for making …

What's unique about me? Not rated yet
Group Size - Small to Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - none Materials - none Time - 10 …

Stomp on My Toes Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - Some Physical Activity Icebreaker Purpose - Energiser Preparation - none Materials - none Time - 5 minutes …

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Blanket Brilliance Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Energiser Preparation - none Materials - large quilt or blanket Time …

It's a Minefield Out There! Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - Some Physical Activity Icebreaker Purpose - Teamwork and Communication Preparation - create a "mine-field" …

Who is My Leader??? Not rated yet
Group Size - Large (20+) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - 8 sets of cards with one colour written on them, …

Hearing Before Seeing Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) to Large Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Getting to Know You Preparation - none Materials - blindfolds …

Zip, Zap, Zoom Relay Ice Breaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Energy Boost Preparation - none Materials - stop watch Time - 5 to …

I used to, but now I.... icebreaker exercise Not rated yet
Group Size - Large (20+) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - none Materials - 1 pen and 1 piece of paper …

Sockey Ice Breaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Large (20+) Group Abilities - Very Physical Activity Icebreaker Purpose - Energy Boost Preparation - large hall or open space Materials …

Ascending-Descending Icebreaker Exercise Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Fun Preparation - suitable grouping categories Materials - none Time …

Lowering the Bar Ice Breaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - Some Physical Activity Icebreaker Purpose - Energy Boost Preparation - none Materials - broomstick Time …

What Was I Doing?  Not rated yet
Group Size - Small (5) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - none Materials - 1 penny per participant in a …

It's All In A Name Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Introductions Preparation - none Materials - none Time - 10 minutes …

Pop Idol Lip-Sync Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Small (5) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Creativity Preparation - see icebreaker instructions Materials - audio …

Question Matching Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Fun Preparation - none Materials - 1 pen and piece of writing paper …

Clap on 7 Icebreaker Exercise Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) to Large (20+) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Fun Preparation - none Materials - none Time: 5 minutes …

Guess the Participant Ice Breaker Exercise Not rated yet
Group Size - Medium (5-20) Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Opening Up Preparation - a list of questions Materials - 1 pen and …

Quick Draw Communication Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
Group Size - either Small (5), Group Abilities - All Abilities Icebreaker Purpose - Communication Skills Preparation - draw one simple shape, in one …

Hula Hoop Race Energetic Icebreaker Not rated yet
The hula hoop game is an energetic icebreaker which involves the group standing in a circle, holding hands, and working the hula hoop around the circle. …

What I'd grab from the burning plane - thought provoking icebreaker Not rated yet
This is a thought provoking icebreaker which may take 20 minutes or so to work through. If you were on a regular airplane going to visit a friend on …

Superquick Introductions Icebreaker Exercise Not rated yet
When teaching a class that has very little time for introductions, I use this superquick icebreaker exercise. I ask everyone to tell me their names, …

Sick, Sack , Saw Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
For this icebreaker game, you need a group of at least 6 people and get them to stand in a circle. They have to repeat the following movements after …

Vacation Match Icebreaker Not rated yet
Simple, Easy, and Fun Icebreaker! See how well everyone knows each other (or can guess and match up people they don't). Hand out 2 half sheets of …

Clap at 3 Icebreaker Energiser Not rated yet
This is a good icebreaker to energize a large group. 1)Have people stand in a circle. 2)Instruct them to start counting in a round robin manner. …

Zoom Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
This icebreaker game requires the use of a book called Zoom by Istvan Banyai. In this book, you get an extreme close up look at the feathers of a rooster, …

Yes and No Communication Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
This communication icebreaker game challenges our language skills by making you think hard about what you say and break out of ingrained replies to questions. …

Alphabet Story Ice Breaker Exercise Not rated yet
This ice breaker exercise is a great way to restart the brain after a lunch break or energy slump. Break into groups of 3 people. Pick a topic for each …

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Tattoo Tales - An Unexpected Ice Breaker Game Not rated yet
This ice breaker game is a little unexpected, so choose your audience wisely. Ask each participant to design a tattoo that describes their personality. …

Tell Me About Your Shoes Icebreaker Exercise Not rated yet
I have, very successfully, used an icebreaker exercise wherein each attendee in a small to medium-sized group take turns telling a story about the shoes …

Trash Your Ego Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
I was conducting a team building course and used this icebreaker game. I asked the participants to write a big capital "I" on a plain paper. Even decoration …

Water Bottle Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
This icebreaker is game good for a support group or group that is meeting to solve a common problem, etc. Give each person a bottle of water - 16.9 …

Photo Freeze Frames Ice-breaker Game Not rated yet
Ice-breaker Game Objective: Students will learn to be comfortable being themselves and not yearn to become someone else or be like someone else. Materials: …

Warning - how not to do an icebreaker Not rated yet
It was the AGM of an umbrella organization a couple of years ago and many diverse people who represented all the organizations that were members of the …

The Handbag (& Manbag) Game Not rated yet
Give all your guests a pen and paper and ask them to give themselves points for everything they have in their bag (that you read from the list). The …

Stump the Trainer - Jargon Busting Ice Breaker Game Not rated yet
I have them write all the JARGON terms they use in each of their departments or units they work in. I then try to figure the JARGON terms out (there …

Secret Leader - Leadership Skills Icebreaker Not rated yet
This is a nice icebreaker game that introduces energy & fun to the training group. One of the group (X) leaves the room while the remaining people choose …

Personal Numbers - Quick Icebreaker Exercise Not rated yet
This quick icebreaker excercise is exceptionally easy and good fun. The trainer writes up 5 personal numbers such as age, height, year of birth, shoe …

Out of the Box Ice Breaker Game Not rated yet
Energizer Time: 5 minutes Props: 2 bowls or baskets, paper Write an activity on a small piece of paper, fold it up and put into 1 of the baskets …

I "Quote" You Introductions Icebreaker Exercise Not rated yet
Preparation and Materials: none Duration: 3 minutes plus 1 minute per participant. Pair off people and have each interview each other for 3 minutes …

Family Information - Teambuilding Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
I've done this teambuilding icebreaker game several ways and always successfully. Have each attendee write down the first name of their parents (or …

Truth, truth, lie Not rated yet
Have each person write down two truths and one lie about themselves. Then go around the room and get people to vote for which is the lie. The person …

Change 3 Things - Observation and Recall Not rated yet
I know many seasoned trainers have done the "Change 3 Things" about yourself activity. If you haven't, a quick synopsis: pair up students give them 30 …

Get Them Laughing Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
I was new to training and teaching a topic that was overwhelming to me (I didn’t have a lot of prep time). My audience was mainly male technicians, another …

A Penny for Your Thoughts Not rated yet
(This is wonderful for small groups) Set Up: Provide enough shiny pennies for all the participants (one shiny penny per person), and a small magnifying …

Introduction - Drawing Yourself Out Icebreaker  Not rated yet
I usually start my training sessions with an icebreaker just by writing my name with a picture that describes me. I ask the participants to guess what …

Perpetual Motion?!? Ice-breaker Discussion Starter Not rated yet
This might not qualify as an ice-breaker as such but never fails to raise a smile and opens abstract debate whenever I introduce it into conversation.... …

Communication Ice Breaker - Spread The Word Not rated yet
Spread the Word is an easy communication ice breaker, which is quick to play and needs no set up. One person should start with a word by passing it …

Guess who wrote it? Not rated yet
Have each person write down on a piece of paper a random fact about themselves. Then one person reads all the facts. As the facts are being read, everyone …

Pop the Balloon - Noisy Ice-breaker Game Not rated yet
Give everyone a balloon upon arrival and then to start your session/ party/ training etc get them to have a race to see who can blow it up the quickest, …

Christmas Carols Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
This was used at a Christmas party as an icebreaker game and also to form groups for the games we were going to play after dinner. Upon check-in, …

Sponge Fun Not rated yet
Game: Items Needed: Many sponges Divide into teams, Hand out the same amount of sponges to each team. If you have a screen that you can project on …

Hurry Up Mate! Not rated yet
The group is divided into 2 to 3 subgroups and it is a contest between these groups. The MC (facilitator) stands equidistant from each group. Suddenly …

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Let me tell you something about me... learning names ice-breaker exercise Not rated yet
This ice-breaker exercise is a quick and easy way to get people to learn each other's names. Have each person introduce themselves by saying their first …

'a senseable friend' cards activities  Not rated yet
Ice breaking is activity / games intended to help members of a group begin to identify themselves as a team. It facilitate exercise to help a group to …

Do you want to come to my party? Not rated yet
Materials needed: Whiteboard and markers Participants are asked if they would like to "Come to my party". The only catch is they have to bring something …

Wish you Were Here...Ice-breaker Game Not rated yet
Duration: 20-30 minutes Group Size: 4-8 Materials: Paper and tape, or post-it notes, pen Tape a "vacation" activity to each persons back (or stick …

Learning Names Easy Ice Breaker Game Not rated yet
This ice breaker game is good for a group of 10 people and they don't know the name of each other. Form a circle, and one person will say his name, …

Find Your Singing Partner - a Musical Icebreaker Not rated yet
Preparation: appropriate number of song lyric sheets to hand out. Divide the participants into two groups having equal number of participants A)Write …

Easy Icebreaker - I Love Myself Because... Not rated yet
Need an icebreaker to get people talking? Ask them to talk about themself! One of the things we love is ourselves and yet we often don't tell anyone. …

Going Round In Word Circles Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
Going Round In World Circles is one of the best Icebreaker games I have always conducted in my training, Make two teams and give them a task of coming …

Have you ever...? Not rated yet
First you put chairs for one less than is playing (eg. if there is 10 people playing, then you use 9 chairs). Then you choose who will start in the middle. …

Paper Snow Balls Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
This icebreaker game is for a group small, medium or even large. Let all participants write a truth about themselves on an A4 size paper, no names. …

Tension Buster Ice-breaker Exercise Not rated yet
I came across a group of people who were in a workshop together. I wasn't sure if the participants knew one another but the icebreaker sure looked like …

The Barking (Mad) Icebreaker Game Not rated yet
At a Team meeting we were heading out to lunch afterwards and the boss wanted people to mingle and asked me to find a game that would split people by table. …

Book Personality Not rated yet
This works with a group of people who have worked together before or will be working together. Set-up: notecard with members name, books from different …

introducing trainees to each other Not rated yet
This game can enable the trainees to get to know each other so that they are comfortable while getting the training. Partcipants can be asked to sit …

Guess Who? Not rated yet
Everyone in the room made a list of 3 things that no one would know about them. Keep in mind some of us knew one another and some didn't. We passed all …

Two Truths and a Lie Not rated yet
Each member of the group introduces themselves with three facts. Two of these are true but one is not. The rest of the group have to vote for which fact …

This Is Me Not rated yet
Each person has to draw 3 pictures which best desribe their personality.The other members of the group have to figure out what these pictures stand for.The …

Box of Junk Not rated yet
This is a great team meeting ice breaker or any leadership course opener. Take a small box (12inx12in) and fill it with various objects. Objects meaning …

How smart is your right foot? Not rated yet
Have all participants seated, then to lift their right foot off the ground and rotate it clockwise. Then get them to draw an imaginary number 6 in the …

Find the object Not rated yet
This requires a large container, plenty of cooked spaghetti, cooking oil and objects to search for. You put the cooked spaghetti in the large container. …

Pass the banana on!! Not rated yet
Get a group of people. 8-10 people. Get them to lie down head to toe in a line! The Banana should be passed along only using their feet. Nothing …

Paper Fold Not rated yet
For small or large group, you can do this ice breaker. First you need to form your group in a circle then give each person a piece of paper and a pen. …

Identifying group problems Not rated yet
Start the class/ meeting by asking one person to leave the room. Tell the other ones that they are all gonna have the same problem. They can act out …

Minefield Ice-breaker Game Not rated yet
Minefield is a trust ice-breaker game where participants are put into pairs with one person wearing a blindfold. Objects are placed strategically across …

Cross-over Not rated yet
With masking tape mark out 2 lots of 30 adjoining squares(6 rows of 5 squares) Copy same on piece of paper and on each vertical row cross one square out. …

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BBQ Ice Breaker Name Game Not rated yet
In this BBQ ice breaker name game, ask participants to introduce themselves as their name and what they will be bringing to the BBQ, that starts with …

Liar Liar Not rated yet
This game was so much fun. I've been training for about 5 years and had never come across it but a memeber of my team brought it to one of team building …

Life is like a box of Chocolates Not rated yet
Send around a box of chocolates for delegates to choose one. The instruction to them is that they should choose once that closely resembles their personality. …

The 'really' get to know you game Not rated yet
Really simple; Get the group (big or small) think of something they've done but believe nobody else has done in the group. Get each person to share their …

Office Superstore shoppping spree! Not rated yet
If you were given a shopping spree to a local office supply store, what items would I find in your cart and why? I have luck with this as I am a classroom …

Untangle Not rated yet
Everyone stands in a circle and holds one hand of one person opposite and one hand of one different person, so that everyone is linked to each other in …

Who is who - who are we? Not rated yet
This icebreaker is suitable for a relatively small group that needs to work on a certain topic but group members do not know each other by names. (that …

Do you like your neighbors? Not rated yet
This is a very fun and exciting game that I don't even remember who taught me but it works perfectly all the time. I like this game because it's not only …

Musical chairs for Grown Ups Not rated yet
Have the group sit in a circle with one person in the middle. The number of chairs in the circle should be one less than the number of people in the …

I Have Never Not rated yet
Another good game for finding things out about others.... Have everyone sit in a circle except one person. The person in the middle says something that …

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