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The best method of assisting students in class in getting to know other is to use ice breaker activities especially on the 1st day of school when everyone feels a little bit awkward.
Other places where ice breakers can be used are in a conference, a seminar or at a prayer meeting.
As a matter of fact, anywhere that there is going to be group work will most likely mean that you will need to know a few ice breakers for the group for effective bonding.
Selecting ice breaker activities is a tough process since if you choose the wrong one this could backfire. Many adults are not in the mood to play childish games.
However, when selecting the right one, you will be a sure hit on day one of school. Keep in mind that when the doldrums sets in, icebreaker activities are one way of getting the room energized as well, especially before introducing a new topic.
Where on Earth?
Modern world transportation and technology have given us opportunities to learn firsthand so much more information about the rest of the planet. You may have had thrilling online conversations with people in places you’ve never been to. Indeed the world becomes a smaller place when this happens.
When you have a group where people are from different countries, this icebreaker becomes easy. Give people a second or 2 to describe countries they are from or places they would love to visit. Everyone else in the group needs to guess the country. Once guessed, the person who originally described it needs to share why the country is their favorite.
Picture Scavenger Hunting
Worth 1000s of words, using photographs in a scavenger hunt puts a great new twist on an old favorite that all ages enjoy. Hand out a list composed of words such as “sisters,” “son,” “daughter,” “spouse,” “honeymoon,” “birthday,” etc. Next, go around the room and find people with the appropriate pictures and have them sign next to the words on the list. The person who finishes first wins.
This is one of the best meeting ice breakers activities for persons who are unfamiliar with each other as it fosters group team building and the responses truly reveal who they are as a person. Give the group 1-2 minutes to think about which 3 persons they would bring with them if they were marooned on an island which was deserted. Ask them to introduce themselves and share their thoughts with the rest.
Bingo People is one of the most popular ice breaker activities since it is easily customizable for all situations and groups and everyone knows how to play it. You can make cards for bingo using characteristics. If you know the group participants, you can list traits such as “has an ankle tattoo” or “swims once a week.” For a group whose participants are unfamiliar to you, you can make general statements such as “owns a dog,” “loves oatmeal” or “goes to the gym.”
Each participant gets a Bingo card and has to go around the room finding the person matching the listed card traits. The person who gets a straight line yells B-I-N-G-O and this ends the game.
You’ve heard the saying that the first fifteen minutes of every conference is its most productive. When you host meetings with individuals who don’t know each other, including short meeting ice breakers at the start of the conference will help you get things started off on the right foot. Participants are able to relax when …