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Superlatives Game

Superlatives Game

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 be an interesting way to see how people compare. Get to know other players in silly categories. The goal is for players to reorder themselves as quickly as possible. Instructions: Teams should be medium to large size, about five players or more. Large groups are okay, but ideally teams should be about 5-10 people. To begin, have the facilitator ask all teams to stand up. He or she announces a category, such as: “How many letters are in your first name? From shortest to tallest.” “Where is your birthplace? Arrange from the person most farthest away to the person closest to your current city.” “How many hats do you own? From least to most.” “How many brothers or sisters do you have? From least to most.” “Height, from shortest to tallest.” As soon as each superlative is announced, teams quickly figure out the proper order and sit down when done. The judge checks to make sure they have done it correctly. The first team to do it right wins the round. Have fun and be creative with the...
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. Simon Says Game Simon Says is a classic game that is traditionally played by kids and families, although it can also work with college students and adults as a lighthearted icebreaker. How to Play Simon Says One person plays the role of “Simon”, and he or she stands facing the crowd. Simon explains the rules: “I am Simon. I will give you instructions to do various actions, and you must imitate my actions. I will instruct you to do various things by saying ‘Simon says, do something’, where something is an action like touching your head, waving your hand, and so on. If you do something without me saying ‘Simon says’, then you are eliminated for that round.” Simon (the game facilitator) then proceeds to say various commands (while demonstrating the action), sometimes beginning them with ‘Simon says’, and other times not. These commands can include the following (be creative!):   Pat your head Smile Wave hello Flex your biceps Touch your toes Turn around Strategies for Simon A good way to get many people eliminated at the very beginning of the game is to explain the rules, and then say: “Ready to play? Okay, everybody stand up.” Whenever many people stand to their feet, they will all be eliminated for...

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. Straws Game The Straws Question Game is a great way to break the ice and allow people to get to know each other better in a more comfortable way. A question will be asked to the entire group, and then each player draws a straw. A small number of straws will be specially marked. Each player that draws the special straw answers the question. Setup Before the game begins, count out one straw for each player. Mark the ends of a small number of straws with a sharpie marker. The number of straws to mark depends on how many people you would like to answer the question — usually, three or four is a good number for a group of 10-20 people. Prepare a number of questions for the group to answer. You can ask any kind of question you like, depending on what kind of game you want. If you want players to get to know each other better, you can ask questions like, “What is your dream job?” or “What is your favorite place on earth?” If you’d rather ask questions that allow for more creativity or humor, you could ask questions such as “If you could be any animal, what would you be?” or “What was your worst date experience?” Playing the Straws Question Game Place all the straws...
Hodgy Podgy

Hodgy Podgy

Summary: Hodgy Podgy is a simple (and entertaining!) rhythm game that has each person go around taking turns adding words to create a story. Ages: 10 and up. Recommend # of people: 6-15. Messiness factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Instructions: Hodgy Podgy (also known as Hodgey Podgey and the Hodgy Podgy Word Game) is a simple yet very fun rhythm game. A group of people stand in a circle, with everyone facing the center. Choose a person who will start the round. He or she starts to clap a relatively slow rhythm (slap both legs on the first beat, then clap hands on second beat, thumbs-up on left hand for third beat, and thumbs-up on right hand on fourth beat, and repeat the four beat cycle). Everyone in the circle matches the rhythm set by the leader. To start each round, the leader says (while clapping to the rhythm, one beat per word), “Hodgy podgy, hodgy podgy, hodgy podgy, hodgy podgy!” The leader starts a sentence by saying any word on the one beat (for example, he or she could say the word “Big” as he or she slaps their legs on beat one). The next person in the circle must continue the story by adding the next word in the sentence by the first beat of the next rhythm cycle (for example, the 2nd person could say “dogs,” so the sentence is now “Big dogs..”). The third person in the circle must continue the story by adding the 3rd word in the sentence at the right time (for example, the person could say the...
Blanket Name Game

Blanket Name 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. Blanket Name Game Instructions: The Blanket Name Game is a simple name recognition/identification game. Go around the room and make introductions (share your name and other information such as your hobbies, major, etc. if desired. Separate into two groups and have two people hold a large, thick blanket separating the two groups so that neither group can see the other. When the blanket drops, the first person to correctly call out the name of the other group’s designated person wins the round (which typically means the loser of the round must leave the game, though if you prefer to avoid ‘elimination’ then you don’t have to do this). The group may strike different humorous poses to distract the attention of other group’s person.As a variation, several people may be facing the other group with one person being chosen to call out the information of the other group’s...
Autograph Bingo Game

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. Autograph Bingo Autograph Bingo is a fun way to help both new acquaintances and old friends discover facts about each other. The goal of this icebreaker game is to mingle and obtain the signatures of people who have the facts listed on their bingo card. Just as regular bingo rules, once a player successfully obtains a full row (5 in a row) on his or her Bingo sheet, whether obtained horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, he or she shouts “BINGO!” Setup Prepare a table with 5 rows and 5 columns (5×5), with interesting facts inside the boxes. These facts can include humorous or bizarre things. For example you can use facts such as: Speaks more than two languages Enjoys walking in thunderstorms Likes anchovies Has been to Alaska Has gone skydiving before Has more than three sisters Has gone without a shower for more than three days Try to be as creative as you can. Like traditional bingo, you can mark the center square as a “Free Space”. After you are finished preparing the table, print out enough copies. You are ready to play! Instructions for How to Play Pass out pens and the bingo cards to each...
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