My Name Is?

Type of Game: Just Meeting, Icebreaker Games
Number of Participants: works best with a smaller group
Materials: none
Where to Play: inside or outside

How to Play:
Each person in the group states their name and an adjective that describes them. The adjective must start with the same letter as their name.

For example, Joyful Jennifer or Patient Peter.

Try to call each other by these descriptive names for the rest of the day!

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3 Facts

a.k.a “Interview”
Type of Game this is an icebreaker about getting to know each other
Number of Participants unlimited
Materials none
Where to Play inside or outside

How to Play:

Divide the participants into pairs. All of the pairs then spend three minutes interviewing their partners. Each interviewer has to find three interesting facts about their partner.

Everyone gets back together and presents the three facts that they learned about their partner.

This game can drag a bit so make sure you keep everyone moving along.

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Two Truths and a Lie

a.k.a. “Fact or Fiction”
Type of Game Getting to Know Each Other, Icebreaker Game
Number of Participants unlimited, a larger group can be split into smaller ones
Materials: paper and pens, if needed
Where to Play: inside or outside

How to Play:
Everyone thinks of or writes down three things about themselves. They should be things that other people in the group may not know about them. Two of these things have to be true and one of them false.

The participants take turns sharing their three things and the rest of the group votes on whether they are true or false. This game is a great way to learn new things about people!

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Snort

Type of Game Just Meeting, Circle Games, Icebreaker Games
Number of Participants a group of 10+ works best, larger groups may want to split up into multiple groups
Materials: none
Where to Play: inside or outside

How to Play:
Everyone stands in a circle with no spaces in between them. For this game to be effective, the participants must get really close!

The object of the game is to pass a snort around the circle, trying to make one another laugh. Someone starts the game, let’s call him/her Participant A, by snorting at the person on his/her left. The person on the left, we’ll call him/her Participant B, has to maintain eye contact while trying not to laugh! Participant B then has to turn and snort at the person on his/her left. The snorts are passed this way for a while and people who laugh while being snorted at are out!
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Syllables

Type of Game Just Meeting, Circle Game
Number of Participants unlimited, larger groups may want to split into two
Materials none
Where to Play inside or outside

How To Play:
Everyone stands in a circle so that they can all see one another.

Have the participants count the number of syllables in their name and then come up with an action or dance move for each syllable. Once the first participant has said his/her name and performed their action, the whole group repeats it.

The next participant repeats the process and the whole group repeats the second participant’s name/action and then the first participant’s name/action. This continues until the last participant has gone and the group repeats all of the names/actions. Continue reading

My Name is _____ and I Like to _____

Type of Game Just Meeting, Icebreaker Games
Number of Participants unlimited, groups over 30 might want to split into two groups
Materials none
Where to Play inside or outside

How To Play:

Everyone in the group stands in a circle so that they can all see one another.

The first person says, “my name is _____ and I like to _____.” The first blank is their name and the second is a hobby. When they say their hobby, they also do an action that corresponds with that hobby.

The rest of the group says “_____ likes to _____.”

The next person repeats the process with their own name and hobby. The rest of the group then says the first person’s name and hobby followed by the second person’s name and hobby.

After the last person’s turn, the entire group calls out the first person’s name and hobby followed by the names and hobbies of everyone who followed. Continue reading