Ice0 Breaker Essay

2932 words - 12 pages

Icebreakers/Mixers
You can find many icebreakers on the Internet by using a search website such as Google. Here are some others:
-Bingo: Have a bingo type game where you have a grid and you write different things in each box like "has green eyes", then go around and have to find a person who fits that box and have them sign it. When you are through with the boxes (usually about 15 boxes) you end up knowing a lot of weird facts about the other people.
-Silent Identification: Each participant is asked to either write words or draw pictures that describe themselves. This is done silently. Then they pin the picture on their chests, walk around and have everyone look each other over. Pictures ...view middle of the document...

-Toilet Tissue: Have each team member take a length of tissue from the roll. Only after all have taken some, tell them for each panel of tissue they have to say one positive thing about themselves. (you could vary what they have to do or say for each tissue square, tailored to your objective) (variation: use M&M's-for each color they have to say one thing, e.g., yellow: something sunny about themselves, red: an embarrassing moment.)
-Two True One False: Go around the group letting everyone say two true statements about themselves and one false. The rest of the group has to guess which one is false. You may be surprised - you can learn some crazy things about each other!
-Web Game: Take a ball of yarn and have the person who starts hold one end and wrap it around their wrist. Next, they throw the yarn to another team member and either say something positive about that person or they say something that person did to inspire them. When you are done, you have bracelets of yarn that you are supposed to wear until they fall off.

-Balloon Game #1: Each member writes one piece of information about them and puts the slip of paper in a balloon, then blows it up and throws it in the middle of the circle of participants. Then one by one, pop the balloons and guess to whom that piece of information belongs.
-Balloon Game #2: Pass one balloon around the circle and have each person write a question on that balloon. Then pass the balloon around the circle and each person has to answer three questions on the balloon.
-Hug Tag: This is a cooperative version of "regular" tag. Designate a few people to be "freezers". Then tell everyone else to scatter in all directions. The freezers count to ten, and then take off after the runners. Once they tag a runner that person becomes one of the freezers. A player is safe from being tagged only when he or she is hugging another player.
-Non-verbal birthday lineup: Ask everyone to line up according to the month and day of birth without any talking. This should inspire some interesting means of communication towards a common goal.
-Fast Lemon: Divide the group into two or more equal lines. Then give the leader of each line a full-length pencil and a full-grown lemon. As the teams line up single file, mark a starting line and finish line on the floor (about 20 feet away at most). The object is to push the lemon with the pencil along the floor in a straight line-if you can. Each player must push it to the finish line and back to the next teammate in line. The team to finish first wins. What you discover is that the lemon always keeps rolling, despite a slight wobble. You’ll have trouble keeping it in your lane, so be sure the furniture is pushed back.
-Psychiatrist: Select some one from the group to be "psychiatrist" and them send them out of the room. The remaining members of the group choose a 'problem' that needs to be solved. For example, each person assumes the characteristics of the person to his or her right....

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