Any size room. Easy game used to divide your group into teams. Simply yell, "Form a group according to . . . (see suggestions below)." If you're looking for a certain number of people per team, just say, "Form a group of 7!" If you end up with a remainder, then have staff go around and divide the leftovers on teams.
Variation: Once in their groups, the game leader reads a question from the list below (or write your own) and everyone in the group answers. When the majority in the crowd have answered, leader directs them to mingle again.
Clumps: height, hair color, # cavities, # siblings, shirt color, number of people in your immediate family, month of birth, favorite color, grade, middle initial, school you attend.
• What is your favorite cartoon (or cartoon character)?
• Who do you most admire?
• What animal is most like your personality?
• What would you do with $100,000?
• What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
Also see Keys (Click Here) & Your Number is Up (Click Here).
Give everyone a number. They have to arrange themselves in numerical order by communicating with each other without speaking or holding up fingers. They make up their own sub-language or sign-language and it often is pretty amusing. For Round Two, have people arrange themselves in order of birth or in calendar months (like the game, Mute Organization).
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Also see Inversion (Click Here) & Mute Organization (Click Here).
Instruct your whole group to walk randomly around the room. About every ten seconds or so, call out a number. Everyone in the game must immediately form a group hug made up of the number of people that you called.
This sometimes leaves some people unable to form a group because they don’t have enough people. They are out of the game. Repeat until you only have two people left and declare them the winners.
Like musical chairs, play upbeat music between calling out numbers.
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Also see Body Parts (Click Here).
Simply announce that you want everyone lined up across the room by birth date. Only catch: no talking. Once they are all lined up, ask certain people their birthdays just to be sure.
You can have them do the same thing, but by shoe size, height, etc.
The Point: Communication
Also see Communication Challenge (Click Here), Inversion (Click Here), and Numbers Race (Click Here).
Get an even amount of students and staff in the room. You can add staff as needed to make the number even.
Students and staff mingle to music and shake hands. When the music stops, everyone must find another person and shake hands. The leader calls out a question they must ask of whomever they are shaking hands. Use both fun and serious questions.
- What is your favorite pizza?
- What is your favorite kind of weather and why?
- If you could go anywhere on a vacation for a week, where would you go?
- What would you do with $1,000 dollars cash right now?
- Share a moment in your life where you remember being the most happy.
- Share a moment in your life where you were really sad.
Hint: You can use questions that will kick off that night's discussion.
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The Point: Getting to know you
Also see Getting To Know You (Click Here) and Appointment Clock (Click Here).
Great "getting to know you" and memory game. Everyone is in a circle and each takes a turn saying their name and something about themself (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 torture small animals"). As this game moves on, people need to remember more and more information. With bigger groups you can have them only repeat the names to save time.
Also see Secret Identity (Click Here), Getting to Know You (Click Here), and Getting to Know You Better (Click Here).
Everyone comes up with a sign for themselves. Scratch your cheek, flip hair, etc. Go around and demonstrate your sign for the group. Then you have to silently pass your sign along without the designated person in the middle catching you doing the sign. You pass the sign by doing first your sign, then another person's. You continue to do the other person's sign until they see you, and pass it on again. You have to watch carefully as the sign can move quickly. If they see you doing a sign, you are in the middle. Fun game, but can last a long time.
NOTE: Reference the SILENT ANIMAL CIRCLE and the NEWSPAPER NAME BOP games as a comparison.
This is a great ice-breaker game that requires no prep.
This game is best played in a group of at least 30 people. Make everyone stand in a circle, with a leader in the center. They will shout 'SO' while pointing at someone in the circle. The targeted person must duck as soon as the leader points at them. The people standing on their immediate left and right of the targeted person must yell 'RAH' as they turn to face each other with their right hands outstretched.
A person is eliminated when any of the three people react too slowly or if they get hit by one of their neighbors or if they do the wrong action.
Submitted by Chanelle
You start by having an "it" and have everyone else stands in a circle facing outward. It walks around the outside of the circle, and randomly picks a person. It points at that person, and says "draw". At that moment the two people on either side of him/her makes their hand into a "gun” and says, "BANG!". Whoever says it first continues to stand while the person who said it last "dies" and sits down. The game continues until there are only two people left.
Then those two people stand back-to-back, and when It says "go", they walk forward 10 paces. At any time while they are walking "It" can yell, "DRAW!". The two people then must turn around, and "shoot" the other person. The winner is the next "it"
NOTE: of course, there are plenty of times the two "shooters" will be really close. "it" decides who shot first. And if it is really close have them do a duel.
Idea by Shelbie
Quick small group opener/activity--just a fun way of getting to know each other a little better.
Get into a circle and select someone to begin, then move clockwise around the circle. The first person says two similar items like pizza and ice cream (both foods). The second person has to say the thing they like better out of the two - in 3 seconds or less. If they make the time limit they get to say two things to the next person. But if they don't make it, the next person says two items, and so on . . .
Added by Ethan Rogers
Also see Getting To Know It, Getting to Know You, & Getting To Know You Better
The object of this small group game is to reveal unknown things about yourself to the group in a fun atmosphere.
A person states three things about himself. Two must be true and one a lie. For example: "I was born in South Africa. I have a green card. I have a dog named Bubba."
The others in the group try to guess which statement is the lie. If a player guesses correctly, they earn a point. If no one guesses correctly, the individual earns five points. Each person should get a chance to share.
NOTE: For really big groups, break up into smaller groups of about 15-20.
The Point: Getting to know you.