Ice Breakers

Ice breakers are games used to help people who are taking part in an event or activity to get to know each other so that the discussion can start on a relaxed note. They can also be used to motivate and energise at times when progress is flagging, for example immediately after lunch.

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Icebreaker questions

Go round the room asking one of the following questions:
  • If you found a magic lamp and the genie offered you three wishes, what would your wishes be, and why?
  • If you were marooned on a desert island, what three items would you want with you, and why?
  • If you were invisible for a day, what would you do and why?

Truth, truth, lie

  • Each member of the group should write down two things about themselves that are true and one that is not true.
  • Each person then shares these three items of information and the rest of the group has to work out which of them is not true.

Catch me if you can

  • The group is split into pairs.
  • Pairs are given about 30 seconds to try to observe and remember as much as possible about their partner.
  • The pairs should then be asked to turn their backs on their partners.
  • One or both members of each pair is/are given 15-20 seconds to change their appearance in some minor way that is visible to the partner (e.g. remove their watch, do up an extra button on their jacket).
  • Each pair turns back to face each other and they have 30 seconds to identify what change was made.

Stand up – sit down

  • Ask a series of questions and ask people to stand up if, for example:
    • they had cornflakes for breakfast
    • they have ever sung karaoke.

Tell us something about your name

  • Does it have a meaning?
  • Where does it originate?
  • Were you named after someone?