Icebreaker activities are used to welcome and warm up the conversation among students in a new class, meeting or new situation. Any event that requires students to comfortably interact with each other and a teacher is an opportunity to use an icebreaker to help students feel more comfortable. An effective icebreaker will warm up the conversation in your class or meeting, reinforce the topic of the session, and ensure that students enjoy their interaction and the session. When participants don’t know each other, the icebreaker will help them introduce themselves to the other students.

Icebreakers can also be used as education breaks, to energise students and get them to interact with each other to build self-esteem and improve class moral. These five activities should be pasted on your wall next to your desk as ‘get out of jail free’ cards. These will be crowd pleasers with students of all ages. If you would like these sent to you as a PDF, so you can print them out. Please email me at dale@breakappz.com and I will send them through. 

Spectrum

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None

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This activity is completed without any verbal communication. The group leader will set the group a number of challenges to complete. For example, line up from lightest hair colour to darkest, lightest eye colour to darkest, surnames starting from A to Z, birthdays from January to December or tallest to smallest. You can use any of these or make up some of your own. The challenging task is for the group to do this without talking. They can use sign language or fingers to try and count or show a letter or number, but they are not allowed to talk.

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How Much Do You Use?

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Rolls of toilet paper

Description:

Students are to sit down in a circle inside or outside. Pass around a roll of toilet paper. One at a time the students are to tear off the amount of toilet paper they would normally use. Next go around the group and each person is required to say one thing about himself or herself, for each square of toilet paper they ripped off. Make sure you don’t tell them this until everyone has taken their quantity of toilet paper.

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Mingle, Mingle, Mingle

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None

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Students move around the room singing “Mingle, Mingle, Mingle” in a nice tone until the teacher claps his or her hands three times. The teacher will then give an instruction like, “Favourite colour”. Students then need to get into groups with other students who have the same favourite colour as them. Then the teacher will ask each group which colour they are before the game starts again. The teacher can use any categories. Some good ones are what you ate for breakfast, your favourite class subject, the football side you barrack for and so on. This game is great for students to find out more about each other and students they might be able to become friends with as they have certain things in common.

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I Love You, Honey

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None

Description:

The class stands in a large circle with one person as ‘it’, in the middle of the circle. Their job is to try to make one student laugh, but the only thing they can say is, “I love you, honey, give me a smile”. Then the person they say that to has to say, “I love you, honey, I just can’t smile”. If the person cracks a smile or starts laughing they swap with the person in the middle. You are not allowed to touch each other, or say anything else besides the two lines. You have to find a way to say it to get them to laugh.

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What Animal Would You Be?

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None

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The class starts by standing in a circle. This game can be played inside or outside. The group leader will start by saying what animal they would be and why. For example, “Hi, I am Dale and I would be a dog because they get to sleep all day and run around after cats.” Then members of the group get to ask the person questions about the animal. For example, what colour would your fur be? What breed would you be? Then once the person has answered two questions you move on to the next person.

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