20 Super Easy Icebreakers That Are Always a Hit

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Ice Breakers

Icebreakers can be a great way to get people interacting and help set the tone for a meeting or training. (Click here to read why icebreaker games are beneficial.) Because of their value, we’ve hand-picked 20 of ice breaker activities that require little or no preparation or materials, but are still a big hit with groups of all ages. (See tips for making an ice breaker work.)

Simple is good.

If you’re looking for conversation-based prompts that are EVEN MORE SIMPLE, though, make sure to check out these 50+ ice breaker questions and these 30 more icebreaker questions.

Or if you’re looking for more developed, full blown team building activities, you won’t want to miss these fantastic team building games.

  1. Guess the Group Member – Make a list of employees, group members, or even well-known public figures and play a version of charades. For the first round, the actor must use only words to get the guessers to figure out the person on their card. In round two, the actor can’t speak at all, but can use only hand motions to help guessers. For round three, hand motions are not allowed and the actor can only choose three words to say to help them guess.
  2. Lies, lies, lies – Have each person think of one true statement and one lie to share with the group, then let the group guess which is which.
  3. Toast It Up – For this exercise, you’ll use a toaster as a timer. Insert some bread and push the toaster button down. Go around the room and have each perosn answer a specific question about themselves like “What’s your favorite movie?” Whoever is talking when the toast pops up has to eat the toast (possibly with toppings).5. Toilet Role game
  4. How Many Squares – Pass around a full roll of toilet paper. Tell people to tear off as many squares as they typically use. After everyone has torn, tell them that for each sheet they have in their hand, they must share that many facts about themselves.
  5. Knotted Humans – Have everyone stand in a circle. Each person should reach across the circle and grab someone else’s hand with their left hand. Then, each person should connect their right hand to someone different. The challenge is to unknot themselves by moving around without breaking their hand-to-hand connections.
  6. Birthplace – Place a world map on the wall and ask everyone to place a sticker on the area where they were born. Consider giving them a second sticker to post on another place they have lived. Have them share a little fact about each area as they affix the sticker to the map.
  7. Nametag – Have group members make name tags for another assigned group member (who they should not reveal), but they will not write the person’s name on the tag. Instead, they will write one positive quality or strength the person has on their tag. Collect all the completed tags and hold them up, individually, asking the group to guess who the positive quality describes.
  8. Backing Up – Place a post-it note with an animal on each person’s back. Instruct everyone to mingle and ask each other questions to figure out their assigned animal. For added fun, tell group members to react to the person in the same way they would react if they ran into the actual animal (i.e. pet a dog’s head, run from a lion).
  9. Mini Interviews – Ask each person to interview someone else for 3 minutes. They will then report back the most interesting fact they discover in this time.
  10. Name Game – Go around the room and, one at a time, have each person introduce themselves by saying their name, where they were born, and how many people live in their house. The first person to go only has to say their own information, but the second person must say their own and try to remember the info of the person before them too. “I’m so and so, born in this town, with 8 people in my family…she’s such and such, born in that town, with 3 people in her family.” Continue making each additional person try to recite everyone’s info until everyone gives up or someone remembers everyone’s info correctly!
  11. Count it up – Give everyone a sheet of paper and tell them they cannot look up for the paper, but must guess as they write down their answers. Proceed to ask questions such as, how many people in the room are wearing red shirts, how many people have blond hair, and so on.
  12. Guess the Fear – Read a bunch of fears like “claustrophobia” or “agrophobia”, but make sure to include some complex ones most people won’t have heard of before. Then ask people to write down their guesses to what fear the phobia refers to.
  13. Connective Web – Take a ball of string and have one person hold the end. That person should share an answer to a specific question of your choice. Then, while still holding the end, the person should throw the ball to someone else who has to grab a section of the string, answer the same question, and while still holding on, throw it to a third person. Continue until the string has formed a web between all the group members that demonstrates how interconnected they are.
  14. Helpful Companions – Ask each person to choose 3 people in the room that they would want to be with them if they were stranded in an emergency. Have them explain why they chose the person.
  15. Write Together – Have one person begin a fictional story by writing one line on a piece of paper. The next person may read the previous person’s line, but then must fold the paper over so the first sentence is no longer visible before adding a second sentence. The third person, then, can only read the second sentence, must fold down and cover it after reading, and then add another sentence. At the end, read the story to the group.
  16. Word Links – Have the first person in the group say a random word, such as “tall.” The second person must say the first person’s word and add a word this term reminds them of, such as “tall” and “building.” The third person must say the previous people’s words “tall” and “building” but add a third one “new york.” Group members continue to list previous words and add associations until it becomes too difficult or someone shows they have a fantastic memory and can repeat the whole group’s list!
  17. Letter Links – Play the same game again, but make it more difficult by requiring the second person to use a word that begins with the last letter of the previous person’s word.
  18. Object Story – Place a collection of objects in the middle of the room. Break the groups into two and instruct them to write a fictional story that somehow involves characters needing and using all of the objects. They must create reasons, then, for the characters to wield the objects at hand. Read the stories aloud at the end.
  19.  Fill the Silence – Pick a random subject–it can be serious or funny, general or specific–and ask each person to talk for 30 or 60 seconds about the subject. Make some of the subjects easy (like “family” or “holidays”) and othes more difficult (like “slime” or “sidewalk chalk”).
  20. Newspaper Clips – You will serve as moderator, who will hold an issue of a local newspaper. Break the team into two groups and give each team their own copy of the same newspaper you have. Describe something you see or are reading in the paper and have the teams race to rip out the thing you are looking at and run it to you. The first team to get it to you earns a point. Continue playing until you’ve gone 5 to 10 rounds. The team with the most points, wins.

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