Mind-bending Number Game to Stretch Your Group

by Rama
(Chennai, India)

Group Size: Medium to Large (5 - 20+)

Group Abilities: All abilities
Icebreaker Purpose: Mental workout
Materials: None
Time: 5 minutes


This game mixes numbers and language to wake up your group and see if they're paying attention.

Pick a random number between 1 and 60. Announce it to the group, but by spelling it. For instance, you might say, "The first number is T-W-E-N-T-Y-F-I-V-E."

For each number you spell, have the group shout out "EVEN" or "ODD". The challenge is, they must shout "EVEN" if the number is odd (such as 25) and "ODD" if the number is even (such as 10).

Speed up as you progress, and see how long it takes the group to trip up as they process numbers and letters simultaneously. This game often results in laughter when confusion occurs.

If you really want to complicate things, then spell out the number as normal, but ask the group to shout out even or odd by counting the number of letters in the word. For example T-W-E-N-T-Y-F-I-V-E is even because it contains 10 letters. A mean twist!

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