Ice Breakers

Activities

Scar Stories: Have each person show a scar and share how they received it.

Hot Seat: Chose one person at a time to be on the Hot Seat. Then everyone else has the opportunity to ask questions to the person on the hot seat. The person in the Hot Seat has the option to skip a question he or she doesn’t want to answer.

Two Truths and a Lie: Everyone tells two things about themselves that are true and one that is a lie. The group then tries to guess which one is a lie.

Color Game:  Take a bag of M&M’s, Skittles, Lego’s or anything else that has a lot of colored pieces. Everyone picks just one. Then decide what each color stands for. (Examples include…Red: most embarrassing moment, blue: favorite vacation ever, green: favorite Disney movie, yellow: favorite cereal, orange: if you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?) Everyone will answer the question that corresponds to the colored object they picked.

Question Swap: Give everyone a piece of paper and number it 1-5 (number of questions depends on time available). Ask a question corresponding to each number (For 1, write down the last movie you saw; for number 2, write the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn, etc.). Once everyone has answered all questions, collect all the papers, then give them back out randomly. Each person will read the answers on the sheet they received out loud and try to guess who it is.

Ask It Basket: Give everyone two small pieces of paper. Have them write down a question on each: one that is more serious (what’s one thing you want to accomplish in your life?) and one more silly (if you could transform into any animal, what would it be?). Put them into two separate piles. Have each person pick a serious and a silly question. Go around and hear the answers.

Backwards Ask It Basket: Ask everyone in the group one question (what’s one skill you wish you had?) and have them write their answers. Mix them up and give them out randomly. Each person reads the paper they received out lout and has to guess who wrote the answer.

Weekly Recap Questions

High, Low, Buffalo: Share a “high” (best part of their week), a “low” (worst part of their week), and “buffalo” (neither a high nor low, but something silly or notable).

Who is one person you are thankful for this week? Who is one person you are thinking about or praying for?

Share how you are currently feeling (or sum up the past week) as a Tweet with one hashtag.

On your way home from Impact, you find a cell phone with a message attached. It says you must make three phone calls: 1) to tell someone you love them, 2) to tell someone you are sorry, 3) to tell someone “thank you.” What three people would you call?

Imagine you have taken three photographs this week: 1) you will develop and hang on your wall, 2) you will post on Instagram, 3) you’ll delete immediately, or perhaps develop just so you can burn it! What are the three pictures of?

Get-to-Know-You Questions

If you could have any two famous people for your parents, who would you have and why?

If you had a clone, what would you have him/her do for you?

Make a list of alphabetical advice. A – Accept differences; B – before you leap, look; C – consider the lobster; D – don’t think you’re better than others; E – Enjoy life; F – fix things…

Describe each day of the week as if it was a person. For example, Monday is a crotchity old man, Friday is a beautiful young woman.

If you were forced to spend the rest of yourr life in a library, a museum, or a zoo, which would you choose and why?

Draw your head, then fill it up with words and pictures showing what’s going on in there.

Pretend you are in your 70s or 80s. Complain about kids these days.

If you could make your own report card, in what imaginary subjects would you get an A? Come up with at least five. For example, “Drinking lots of coffee: A. Reading news on the Internet: A. Making Keynote slideshows: A.”

If a shark and a polar bear got into a fight in a neutral, jellylike medium, which would win and why?

If you had to pick someone you know to be President, who would you pick and why?

Pretend you get to be very, very tiny for one day. What would you do?

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? What’s the meanest thing anyone’s ever said to you?

If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be? Who would the group of people be?

 

Know a great Ice Breaker? I’m always in search of more activities and questions! Please post suggestions in “Leave a Reply” at the bottom of the page.
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