40 Ice-Breakers for Small Groups

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40 ICEBREAKERS FOR SMALL GROUPS

www.insight.typepad.co.uk | Grahame Knox

40 ICEBREAKERS FOR SMALL GROUPS

FROM GRAHAME

‘40 Icebreakers for Small Groups’ is a FREE eBook compiled from several articles posted on my blog Insight. These posts continue to be popular, so I thought it might be helpful to put them together in a FREE resource for you to download. In addition, I’ve added several new ‘bonus’ icebreakers which don’t appear in the articles! These 40 icebreakers are simple to use and suitable for a wide age range. They are great with a small youth group and can be used in a small space! They require very few props and can easily be used in a home without feeling a hurricane just came through  This selection will encourage sharing, openness, listening, cooperation and discussion, providing a useful ‘getting to know you’ or ‘group building’ introduction for a small group study or teaching time. It's probably impossible to say who first thought up any of these icebreakers and games. Many are based on common party games and adapted through generations of youth leaders. Most came to me by word of mouth from friends and colleagues, or seeing them in action. If you find this eBook helpful may I invite you to SUBSCRIBE to Insight. You’ll be sent every article and resource direct to your RSS feed or email inbox. Your subscription is completely FREE and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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40 ICEBREAKERS FOR SMALL GROUPS

WHY ICEBREAKERS?

Icebreakers can play an important role in helping young people integrate and connect with one another in a group environment. Icebreakers can also enhance your teaching by helping to stimulate cooperation and participation. They can provide positive momentum for small group study and discussion by: Helping a new group get to know one another. Helping new members to integrate into a group. Helping young people feel comfortable together. Encouraging cooperation. Encouraging listening to others. Encouraging working together. Encouraging young people to break out of their cliques. Developing social skills. Building a rapport with leaders. Creating a good atmosphere for learning and participation.

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ICEBREAKERS AND YOU

A 10 SECOND CHECK LIST! Be enthusiastic, whatever happens, be enthusiastic! Choose volunteers carefully and don't cause embarrassment. If something is not working move quickly on to the next activity. Timing is important. Don't flog them to death. Use only 2 or 3 icebreakers as a 20-30 minutes introduction to your programme. Finish each icebreaker while young people are still enjoying it. Choose icebreakers appropriate for your age group. No group is the same and your understanding of what will and will not work with your group is a core youth work skill.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU ICEBREAKERS

FACT OR FICTION?
Ask everyone to write on a piece of paper THREE things about themselves which may not be known to the others in the group. Two are true and one is not. Taking turns they read out the three ‘facts’ about themselves and the rest of the group votes which are true and false. There are always surprises. This simple activity is always fun, and helps the group and leaders get to know more about each other.

INTERVIEW
Divide the young people into pairs. Ask them to take three minutes to interview each other. Each interviewer has to find 3 interesting facts about their partner. Bring everyone back to together and ask everyone to present the 3 facts about their partner to the rest of the group. Watch the time on this one, keep it moving along.

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MY NAME IS?
Go around the group and ask each young person to state his/her name and attach an adjective that not only describes a dominant characteristic, but...
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