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51 Ice Breaker Games Your Team Won’t Want to Stop Playing

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Anyone who has been a team leader or in charge of creating a community among a group of different people knows the value of fun icebreaker games. Enjoying some of the best icebreaker games gets people talking and laughing and helps them create connections much faster.

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Have everyone bring their favourite board or card game.

Basic Icebreaker Games

You might remember playing some of these gems when you were a kid.

1. Line Up

Have participants line up according to various quantifiable categories, such as the number of letters in their name or street address. Make it more challenging by forbidding talking.

2. Frogger (a.k.a. Assassin)

Find out whodunnit in this classic game. It will make your group members feel a bit silly, which helps break the ice.

3. Human Pretzel or Human Knot

The Human Pretzel works exceptionally well with a group of young people who are more comfortable with close contact.

4. Find Someone Who

This is a great one for getting to know fun facts about people. You can make a custom board specific to your workplace or your group’s interests.

5. Scavenger Hunt

You and your party can enjoy a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt, just like when you were a kid. Split into groups and throw in a prize to make it more interesting.

6. NOT Rock, Paper, Scissors

Split your group into teams and have them make up their own gestures for rock, paper, and scissors. Half the fun is trying to remember them.

7. Build a Tower

Give groups an assortment of items, such as marshmallows, spaghetti, and paper clips. Ask them to build the tallest free-standing tower.

8. Build a Boat

Same idea, but you’ll need a bucket of water.

9. Play Board Games

Have everyone bring their favorite board or card game.

10. Find Your Twin

Give everyone a piece from a matching game, and have them find their match among the rest of the group.

11. What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

This might be a children’s game, but if you want to encourage silliness, give it a try.

12. Sculptures

Give everyone a handful of Legos or lumps of clay and some time to make something funny, meaningful, or memorable. Ask each person to explain their creation.

13. Secret Handshakes

If you’re working in teams, have each make up their own handshake.

14. Weird Talent

Ask for volunteers to share a weird talent. Incentivize participation with a prize.

15. Lead the Blind

Blindfold a teammate and use spoken directions to help them complete a task. The first team to finish wins.

16. Telephone

Revise this childhood favorite with work or group-related slogans.

17. Clump

This game is great for getting everyone’s blood pumping.

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Icebreaker Games for Zoom

You can also play these in person, but they work perfectly in a digital environment. Send participants to breakout rooms for groups.

18. Two Truths and a Lie

Participants say three things about themselves, but only two are true. Other members try to guess the lie and get to know each other.

19. One Word

Ask groups to choose one word to describe various things, like chocolate cake or company culture. They’ll have to debate to reach a consensus.

20. The Hot Seat

Put one person in the hot seat and let everyone ask them one question

21. Target

One participant selects an item from Target and the rest of the group asks yes or no questions to figure out what it is.

22. Group Map

Play this game if you have a diverse group.

23. Would You Rather

Be creative for this game. You can create an online survey over Zoom.

24. Show and Tell

Since everyone is home, have them show something special to them, like pets.

25. Name That Tune

Another good one for an intergenerational group.

26. Contact

The rules are a little tricky, but it’s fun once you get the hang of it.

27. One Word

Everyone gets to share just one word to describe themselves.

28. “I’m Going to the Movies”

This is especially interesting in an inter-generational group.

29. Things In Common

Split participants into groups and see how many things they can name in common for all of them.

30. Meme Share

Have everyone share their favorite meme they’ve seen recently.

31. Story Chain

Also called One Word Story or One Word at a Time.

32. Use an Icebreaker or Conversation Deck

Get conversation decks online or in stores and use them to ask participants questions to get to know them better.

33. Categories

There are many variations to this game that don’t require any equipment to play.

34. Alphabet Categories

Same as above, the first person has to say something in a category starting with A, the second person gets B, and so on.

35. Bucket List Share

Everyone shares the top item on their bucket list.

36. Bad Joke Contest

Everyone can share their worst and vote on their favorite.

37. Celebrate a Win

Go around and allow each participant to share a win from their day so far. It could be simple or small, like packing healthy snacks for the kids or having a good breakfast.

38. 18 and Under

Same as above, share something great from before the team reached adulthood.

39. Personality Quiz

There are lots of professional and silly personality quizzes everyone can take online.

40. Twenty Questions

Another old-fashioned guessing game, this works well in a virtual setting.

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Icebreaker Games for Adults

Don’t worry; these icebreaker games for adults are still PG! They involve more attention or intelligence and kids wouldn’t like them as much.

41. Inter-Generation Charades

To get a mixed-age group mingling, include things that only people raised in a specific decade would understand.

42. Never Have I Ever

You may have played this as a drinking game in college, but you can tone it down and still play it.

43. “Speed Dating”

No, this isn’t speed dating but uses the same idea. Rotate partners every couple of minutes and take turns interviewing each other.

44. Escape Rooms

If going to an actual Escape Room isn’t an option, buy a board game.

45. Jenga Questions

Write questions on Jenga blocks.

46. Mindfulness 

Several mindfulness exercises are great for getting a meeting kicked off.

47. Baby Pictures

Have everyone send in baby pictures ahead of time and see if you can figure out who’s who.

48. Stretch Break

This isn’t strictly an icebreaker, but it’s good if things hit a lull.

49. Who Am I?

Write the names of famous people on index cards and tape them to each other’s heads. Ask questions of others to try to figure out who you are. 

50. Trivia

If you have time, get a full game of trivia going with teams from different departments.

51. Rose, Thorn, Bud

Finish up with everyone sharing their rose, thorn, and bud from the day.

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