Friday December 13, 2013
Ice Breaker Group Activities
by Speaking Tips | May 31, 2004
Assign each person in the group to another person in the group. Then have them find out
as much of the following information about that person as they possibly can in three
minutes: name, hobbies, family members, home town, job, favorite colour, food and music,
etc. The members of each pairing can interview each other but you may find it works
better to avoid this. Once the time is over, have the participants use three words to
describe their assigned partner. For example, "Jill was my partner, she is thoughtfull,
energetic and committed."
Make up a bingo style sheet with characteristics and background information in each
square that are likely to match your group's demographics. Use a broad variety of
categories of information. You might include items such as "has blonde hair", "is an
only child", "hates jazz music", etc. Be creative - the possibilities are endless.
Participants then meet other people in the room, introducing themselves and finging
out whether or not they can match a person to one of the items on their card. It's a
good idea to award a small prize to the first person to find a match for everything
on their card.
As participants enter, give them a slip of paper withthe name of a famous person,
or an object. When you are ready to begin your activity, instruct the trainees to
find all people who are in their group based on the paper slip thay have received.
You can try assigning groups a category of objects and giving individuals slips of
paper identifying a member of that category. For example, you could choose "fruit"
and individual members of the fruit group might be "apple", "orange", "banana", etc.
If you have sufficient time, once people find everyone in their group, you can have
them perform an additional task as a group.
Pick a letter of the alphabet and have the participants sing a song or recite a well
known nursery rhyme or poem. Every time the reach a word containing the chosen
letter, they must either sit down or stand up. Repeat the exercise up to three times,
going faster each time. Obviously, this works best if the letter you have chosen
features prinently on the words or lyrics so you will need to do some planning ahead
Arrange chairs in a circle so that there are just enough seats in the circle for
everyone except you. Assign participant the name of vegetables from a list you have
made beforehand ensuring that there are at least three people assigned each type of
vegetable. Then call out one vegetable and those having that name swap seats while
you attempt to take one of the vacant seats during the swap. Whoever is left standing
calls the name of vegetable and the process repeats. If the person in the center
calls "vegetable soup" then everybody changes place.
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