Icebreaker games Sometimes called Mixer or Group Game that

Snowball Five Things

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A leader will ask 5 questions for everyone to answer. Place these responses to the 5 questions on paper and try to hide your identity. The questions have to be chosen so as not to expose anyone too easily. Then everyone crumples their paper into snowballs and when the leader says go everyone throws them across […]

Torpedo

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This game is a gym- version of the pool game “sharks and minnows.” Using a basketball court or marking your own, you need a large rectangle. Two kids are chosen as the “launchers” while the rest of the group (anywhere from 15 to 50 kids works fine) lines up outside one of the short sides […]

Shoe Toss and Find

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You have everyone (up to 200) in large circle. Everyone sits down. Everyone takes off his or her right shoe. You then pass the shoe to the person on your right (you always get a large number of kids making fun of smelly shoes). You then pick one unsuspecting leader to go stand in the […]

Sardines

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This is game is kind of a reverse “hide and go seek”. Turn out all the lights. Have one person go hide. Everyone else is “it” and looks for this person. As soon as one person finds the person hiding, he or she hides with the person. Now there are two hiding. As soon as […]

Ro Sham Bo Train

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Everyone grab a partner. Rock paper scissors- if you lose you go follow behind the person that beat you and they will do it again with another pair. Keep this up. A large train will build behind the people that keep winning- eventually someone will have everyone behind him- he or she wins.

Real Identity

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Everybody is in a circle. Everyone takes a turn saying their name and something about them (example, “Hi, I’m John and I play football”). The next person needs to say the previous person’s name and item of interest before saying their own (example, “He’s John, he plays football and I’m Mary and I’ve been to […]

Poop Deck

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Mark off 3 parallel zones: poop deck, main deck, and quarterdeck. The main deck is in the middle. Call out a deck name. The last person to get there is out. Call out the name of the deck everyone is in and eliminate everyone who steps out. Call out a new deck before people have […]

Newspaper Name Nail

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Have everyone sit in a circle or something as close as you can get. Then, have each person give their name and make sure each name is clearly said so that all others can hear it. After going through the names once or even twice, have someone start in the middle by asking someone to […]

Gorilla Man Gun Game

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This is the same as rock, paper, and scissors. The gorilla takes man, man takes gun, and gun takes gorilla. Winners take losers to their side.

Elf Defense

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SUPPLIES NEEDED: two different colored balloons, 25 to 50 of each for two teams of play.

Form two teams of elves. Each team must defend its treasure (a pile of balloons) while attempting to steal or destroy the other team’s treasure. Use one color of balloons for one team, and another color for the other team. […]