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Small Group Icebreaker Games

02.28.14 | Icebreakers | by Nathan Pruzaniec

Small Group Icebreaker Games

    These are icebreakers you can use to get your group relaxed and talking. Take these and modify them for your group and have fun!

    icebreaker: SIT DOWN IF

    INSTRUCTIONS: Get everyone to stand up, then read through the following list. The last person standing is the winner!

    • Sit down if you have eaten chocolate today
    • Sit down if you are wearing purple
    • Sit down if you were born in September
    • Sit down if you have blue eyes
    • Sit down if you are the youngest child
    • You have broken a bone
    • Gone for two weeks without a shower
    • Can speak more than two languages

    IceBreaker: M&M Game

    This icebreaker is a simple way to help people introduce facts about themselves. It’s very flexible and adaptable – and (if you have a sweet tooth) delicious too!

    SETUP: Pour M&Ms or any other multicolor candy into a bowl. Have everyone in the group grab as much or as little as they like from the bowl. Make sure that no one eats their candy right away.

    HOW TO PLAY: For each piece of M&M candy they took, they will have to answer a question, depending on its color. For example, you can designate:

    • Red candy: favorite hobbies
    • Green candy: favorite foods
    • Yellow candy: favorite movies
    • Orange candy: favorite places to travel
    • Brown candy: most memorable or embarrassing moments
    • Blue candy: wild cards (they can share anyone they choose)

    Icebreaker: Two Extremes

    A game of two extremes! This is a simple ice breaker to get people up and moving and sharing their preferences or views on topics.

    INSTRUCTIONS: Create an imaginary line from one end of the room to the other. Instruct people to move to a point on the line to indicate where they stand on a particular issue.

    For example - move to the left hand side of the room if you like chocolate, the right hand side if you like strawberry. If people don't have a strong opinion they stand in the middle.

    Continue with other examples / extremes:

    • Fold toilet paper or Scrunch
    • Sleep in or Get up Early?
    • Big party or intimate dinner?
    • Country or Hip Hop Music
    • Would you rather go to the football game or a concert
    • Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream
    • Sweet or Spicy
    • Work on your car or have someone else do it?
    • Facebook or Twitter
    • Summer or Winter
    • Run/Jog or Bike?
    • Would you rather be beautiful/handsome or smart?
    • Be taller or shorter?
    • So You Think You Can Dance or American Idol?

    When everyone chooses a position, read out the next one and everyone moves again.

    Ice Breaker: In An Average Lifetime Group Game Show

    This is a group game, covering random trivia of what an average person does in a lifetime.

    INSTRUCTIONS: You can split your small group up men versus women, or couples competition. Whichever team gets the most right answers (or responses closest to the right answer) wins. There are many, many trivia questions out there, but here are a few examples:

    • How many times will an average person brush their teeth?
    • How many years will an average person spend watching TV?
    • How many years will an average person spend asleep?
    • How many years will an average person spend grooming?
    • How much time will an average person spend kissing?
    • How much time will an average person spend at a stoplight?

    Icebreaker: High / Low

    This is a good warm-up for groups that have become familiar with the other members.

    INSTRUCTIONS: Each member simply shares their high (best moment) and their low (not-so-best moment) for the week.

    Icebreaker: Two Truths and a Lie

    INSTRUCTIONS: Ask everyone to write down three things about themselves which may not be known to the others in the group. Two are true and one is not.

    Taking turns, they read out the three ‘facts’ about themselves, and the rest of the group votes which are true and false. There are always surprises. This simple activity is always fun, and helps the group and leaders get to know more about each other.

    ICEBREAKER: My Name Is?

    INSTRUCTIONS: Ask each person in the group to state his/her name and attach an adjective that not only describes a dominant characteristic, but also starts with the same letter of his name. For example, Generous Graham, Dynamic Dave. Write them down and refer to them by this given name for the rest of the evening (or at least for awhile!).

    ICEBREAKER: I’m Cool Because | You’re Cool Because

    INSTRUCTIONS: Go around the room and everybody say one thing they like about themselves, as well as one thing they like about somebody else in the room. (Leader, make sure nobody’s left out!).