When leading a group meeting or session, having a few icebreaker games for small groups can help immensely with making everyone there feel a little more comfortable around one another. It can be very intimidating to be surrounded by a group of strangers.
Getting to know each other makes it much easier for everyone to open up to one another and feel at ease in working together and talking about things. Icebreakers for a group should help participants get to know each others’ names, realize they have other things in common or shared interests with the others in the group, and have a little fun while they are at it to help eliminate any apprehension.
Here are some popular games and activities for breaking the ice:
The M & M Game: For this game you will need a few bags of regular M & M candies. You will want to pass the bag around and tell each person to take a handful but not to eat them until you say that they can.
Once everyone has gotten a handful of M & M’s they will then need to share one fact about each other for each M & M they have. (Can be as simple as “I like the color blue, I drive a motorcycle, I have a sister – or can be deeper more personal things also.)
Two Truths and a Lie: In this game, each person says three things about themselves. Two of them should be true, and one of them should be false. It’s then up to the crowd to decide which statements are true and which one is a lie. For example, someone could say “I climbed Mount Everest, I can play the accordion, I wrote a novel.” The other members of the group would then have to say which they think is false. After everyone guesses the lie, the person will reveal what it was.
People Scavenger Hunt: This is a fun activity that will help others get to know one another better. You will need a list for the group to use as checklist for their scavanger hunt where you will list things such as “Has Brown Hair”, “Wears Glasses”, “Likes to eat Pizza” and other general things that should apply to at least one person in the group. You will then have the members of the group go around and talk with each other until they find someone who qualifies and write that person’s name down on the paper. Once everyone has found someone, you can then have each person go around and read who they’ve met and found that meet each item on the scavenger checklist.
Do you have any other ideas for icebreaker games for small groups? Share your ideas in the comments below!