About Icebreakers

Icebreaker games that will help your youth get to know each other. For more activities to build connections among your group, also see Community Builders.

Paint Race

Contributed by: Belle Tregoweth, Diocese of Auckland

Challenge your youth to a paint race!
You’ll need drinking straws, a large sheet of paper, and some water-based paint in different colours (one colour per participant). Thin out the paint with water, so that it will move across the page when blown with the straw. The thicker the paint is,... See more


Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Crank up the stereo and ask youth to walk at random around the room to a certain style, homie, robotic, animalistic, slow motion, speed walker etc...
When the music stops, yell a number and the youth must group together with that amount in their group.
Play this either as an elimination... See more

Human Bingo

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Put together a human bingo card requiring interesting facts, traits or skills and ask youth to find other youth who qualify to sign their card off.
They must find a different person for each square to sign and must have proof if it’s a physical trait.
Required squares could be things... See more

Human Keypad

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Tape a large card bearing a letter of the alphabet to each person’s arm. Give each person a small card and a pencil. The goal is for letters to get together and spell words. Once they’ve spelled a word, they write it on their card. Then separate everyone and look for new words.
Award points... See more

These are a few of my favourite things

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Find out a few of each other’s favourite things with this quick get-to-know-you activity.
You'll need a pen and a copy of “My Favourite...” questionnaire (see below for instructions on how to create this), for each student in the room.
Before starting, each student fills... See more

Tell me Something Interesting…

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Secretly plant several people in your crowd who have a wrapped lolly (e.g. a Fruit Burst) hidden in their pocket.
Tell everyone to go and introduce themselves to each other and tell them something interesting about themselves. Announce that your "planted people" will give a prize... See more