First Impressions Game

Summary: An icebreaker (or party game) in which people write their first impressions of each other on a large paper taped to their backs.

Ages: 13 and up. Recommended number of people: At least 10. Works with very large groups and meetings. Mesiness factor: No mess, no stress! Materials required: A large piece of paper or posterboard for each participant, pens/markers, sturdy tape. Recommended Setting: Indoors or outdoors.

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Big Wind Blows Game

Summary: Big Wind Blows is a good icebreaker that helps people get to know each other better. Players sit in a circle, with one person in the center as “the big wind.”  This person says identifies a characteristic that is true about themselves and then all players who share the same characteristic must find a new seat.

Ages: All. Recommended # of people: At least 6 players. Messiness factor: Slight running. Materials required: Chairs for each player, minus one. Recommended setting: Indoors or Outdoors.

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Giants, Wizards, and Elves

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Summary: An icebreaker / action oriented game good for medium and large sized groups.  Similar to a game of rock, paper, scissors, two teams face off and decide to become either “giants,” “wizards,” or “elves.” Giants defeat elves, elves defeat wizards, and wizards defeat giants.

Ages: 10 and up.  Recommended # of People: 20 and up (large groups work fine too!).  Messiness factor: Might break a small sweat!  Materials Required: None.  Recommended Setting: Indoors or Outdoors.

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Human Sculptures Game

human sculpture

Summary: Human Sculptures (also known as Human Clay) is an icebreaker group game that involves posing people into large human sculptures based on predefined topics.  Two versions exist: a competitive version based on a guessing game, and a version that is more about coming up with a creative interpretation.

Ages: 12 and up. Recommended number of people: Groups of at least three.  Messiness factor: Minimal – hold a pose for a few minutes. Materials required: Sheets of paper and pens.  Recommended setting: Indoors or outdoors.

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A Thousand Blank White Cards

Summary: A unique open-ended activity that lets players create the rules on white cards! Ages: All. Recommended # of People: 5-6. Messiness Factor: You’ll move around. Materials Required: pens, blank white cards, an open space. A Thousand Blank White Cards How to Play A Thousand Blank White Cards is a fun game that will ask players to … Read more

Two Truths and a Lie

Summary: A classic get-to-know-you icebreaker in which each person says two truths and one lie. The goal is to figure out which statement is actually the lie!

Ages: All. Recommended # of people: 6-10. Messiness factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors.

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Superlatives Game

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Summary: An icebreaker where players must quickly arrange themselves in proper order — smallest to biggest, farthest away to closet, least to most, etc. Ages: All.  Recommended # of People: Teams of 5 or more.  Messiness Factor: A little hectic.  Materials Required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Superlatives Game A good, brief icebreaker game that can … Read more

Simon Says

simon says

Summary: A classic kids’ icebreaker/stationary game in which the leader, Simon, instructs people to do various actions. The goal is to only do something when Simon says so, and to do nothing when he doesn’t.

Ages: All ages. Recommended number of people: Any size group, including large groups. Messiness factor: No sweat. Materials required: Nothing. Recommended setting: Indoors.

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Straws Question Game

Summary: A useful icebreaker game to get people to know each other better, using specially marked straws.

Ages: 8 and up. Recommended number of players: Any number of players from 4 to 30.  Messiness factor: No mess at all! Materials required: Several straws, a cup, and a sharpie.

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Blanket Name Game

blanket game

Summary: A good get-to-know-you name identification game that can get pretty hilarious!  Two people stand facing each other with a large blanket in between.  The blanket drops, and the first person to correctly identify the other person wins the round.

Ages: All.  Recommended # of People: 10-20.  Messiness Factor: No Sweat.  Materials Required: Blanket.  Recommended Setting: Indoors.

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Autograph Bingo Game

Summary: Autograph Bingo is a simple icebreaker that asks people to mingle and find people that match interesting facts listed on a bingo card. The game is useul in that it causes players to discover interesting and humorous facts about each other.

Ages: 12 and up. Recommended # of people: Larger groups of 24+ people. Messiness Factor: No problem. Materials required: bingo cards prepared in advance and writing utensils. Recommended Setting: Indoors.

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M&M Game

Summary: The M&M Game is an icebreaker that allows people to get to know each other. Each person grabs some M&Ms and shares facts about himself or herself.

Ages: All. Recommend number of people: Groups of 3-12. Messiness factor: No sweat. Materials required: A large bag of M&Ms or any candy with multiple colors (e.g. Skittles).

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Pulse Game

Pulse

Summary: An action oriented icebreaker that works especially well with large groups of people.  A game of quick reflexes and passing on the pulse!

Ages: All.  Recommended # of People: At least 40 people.  Messiness Factor: Might break a small sweat. Materials Required: A coin, a chair, and any small object like a tennis ball.  Recommended Setting: Indoors.

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ID Guessing Game

Summary: An icebreaker in which people write down two things that they’ve done and one thing that they haven’t on an index card. The goal is to correctly guess who wrote each card.

Ages: All. Recommended # of people: 8-15. Messiness factor: No sweat. Materials required: Several pens and index cards. Recommended setting: Indoors.

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Name Game

Summary:  A simple icebreaker useful for introducing people to each other and helping people learn names.  This game is especially useful when there are new people present.

Ages: 10-21 years old.  Recommended # of People: 5-20.  Messiness Factor: No Sweat.  Materials Required: A fun attitude.  Recommended Setting: Indoors.

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Whose Story Is It?

Summary: An icebreaker in which you read various (bizarre) stories and try to guess whose true story it is.

Ages: All. Recommended # of People: 8-20. Messiness Factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: Paper, pens, container. Recommended Setting: Indoors.

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Homemade Pictionary Game

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Summary: A classic icebreaker game in which the goal is to get your teammates to correctly identify something that is drawn within the time limit.

Ages: 8 and up. Recommended # of people: Teams of 3+ people. Messiness Factor: No sweat. Materials required: Several sheets or two large pads of paper, notecards, pens, a stopwatch/timer. Recommended setting: Indoors.

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Never Have I Ever

Summary: An icebreaker where players sit in a circle and take turns saying interesting things they have never done. Each player starts with ten fingers. Each time someone says something that you’ve done, you drop a finger. The goal is to be the last player remaining.

Ages: 8 and up. Recommended # of people: 10-20. Messiness Factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors.

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