Posts Tagged ‘icebreaker’

All play: Rock Paper Scissors

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Play a group challenge of 'Rock Paper Scissors' where everyone plays. Give each person 9 wrapped lollies (lives). They must challenge someone to a game, best out of 5. If they win, they get to take one of the other persons ‘lives’. If they lose, they give up a life. If you’re challenged to... See more

Community Builders: This is my story

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

'This is my story' is a small group activity which will help your youth share about themselves and their lives through the use of symbols to represent key events in their own life.
You will need: pens, copies of the 'My Story' worksheet - enough for one per... See more

Community Builders: Spinner Questions

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

These engaging sets of icebreaker questions have been designed to be used with our Resourced! spinner... which is being gifted to everyone attending the Abbey 2016!
Simply print off the sets of questions below and use with the provided Numbers card or the Seven Dwarves card as appropriate.... See more

Icebreakers: 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

Community Builders: Icebreaker Questions

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, National Youth Advisor

These 20 questions are a great way to break the ice and get young people talking to each other.
Simply pick one or two of these questions and give everyone a turn to share, or write out a bunch of questions onto strips of paper, shuffle them and have everyone take turns picking one out at... See more

Up Front Games: Blender

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Arrange a table of nice and not so nice foods. Give each food a number from 1-6.
Each player roles a dice twice to see which foods they must blend.
Put the corresponding foods into a blender and give it to the youth to drink.
If they drink it down they win!
For another great... See more

All play: Secret Stash

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Before the youth arrive, hide items around the room or buildings — a 'secret stash' or hidden treasure.
Provide a check list with different points for what the youth are to find.
Let them go for it - with a set time limit.
It also works well with chocolates. See more

Icebreakers: Groupie

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

Up Front Games: Lungs of Power

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Participants must be the first to inflate a balloon until it bursts...
Variations include rubber gloves and water balloons. See more

Team games: Toothpick

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Arrange your youth in two lines so that they are standing facing each other. Give each person a new toothpick.
Challenge them to see which line can transport whatever item you present the quickest using only their toothpick in their mouth - no other assistance.
Great items to use... See more

Team games: Design a Game

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Explain to the youth that you’re fresh out of ideas and need to design a new game.
Split them into groups and give them a list of what they can use to design the world's next best new game — as well as a few safety guidelines.
Set a time limit and see what they come up with. They... See more

Teaching Games: Tongues of Fire

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This icebreaker is great as a small group starter and doesn’t actually involve fire.
Give the invitation to take on a selection of ‘tongues of fire’ challenges. Categories could include: Speed alphabet recital, speed count to 30, speed reading a set passage, longest “Aarrgh”... See more

All play: Speed Bible

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

A great game for small groups. Sitting in a circle, give each youth a copy of the exact same Bible to use. Bibles must be face down on a table to start.
From your Bible, say out loud a book, chapter, verse and word number for them to find, for example "Genesis, 1:1, 3". Then say,... See more

Icebreakers: 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

All play: 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

Community Builders: Body Parts

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Ask your group, "If you were a part of the body, which part would you be and why?"
Hand out sheets of newspaper or A3 paper, and scissors. Invite them to cut out the shape of their chosen body part from the paper. Then get them to share it with the group, explaining what part they are and... See more

Community Builders: Give Them a Hand

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Build positive self-esteem with this easy-to-run activity.
Pre-make paper hands, or have each participant trace their own hand on a piece of paper and tape it to their back. Then the whole group walks around and individuals write a one word POSITIVE description of the person whose back they are... See more

Icebreakers: 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

Icebreakers: 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

Team games: Back to back

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Start out with two people sitting back to back. They have to stand straight up without using their hands.
Add one person every time they stand up successfully. The students will be amazed at how it works! See more

All play: Double Dream Hands

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Get everyone to do a 2-3 minute workout using this YouTube clip - Double Dream Hands.
Follow it up with Double Dream Feet at the next meeting (or the next day at camp).
You've just got to introduce it enthusiastically - after that it works a treat. See more

Community Builders: Roll the Dice

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

All you need for this activity are two dice. Sit in a circle and take turns rolling the dice. Answer the question that matches the number rolled.
2) Which of your parents’ rules do/did you appreciate the most? Why?
3) Where do you want to be 5 years from now? (If that’s hard to answer:... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers just for fun

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking with each other.


  • What three things would you put in a time capsule that your descendants would dig up in 100 years?

  • Which one of Superman's powers would you choose for yourself?... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers about Family

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about their family.


  • What do you like best about your family?

  • Finish this sentence: "One thing I wish my parents knew (or understood) about me is..." How can you help your parents... See more

All play: Move If

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Have everyone seated. Instruct people to move according to your directions, if they fit the description. Soon you’ll have some funny pile ups and lots of laughter. Check beforehand for people with a disability or injury that may exclude them.
Move 1 seat to the left if …. you’re wearing... See more