Icebreaker questions are a good way to ‘break the ice’ and get people to feel relaxed and share things about themselves. Here are some examples you might like (or just type in ‘ice-breakers’ in Google to find more!)
Have participants sitting in a group and tell them the below scenario:
You are marooned on an island. What five (or you can use a different number, such as seven, depending upon the size of each team) items would you have brought with you if you knew there was a chance that you might be stranded. Note that they are only allowed five items per team, not per person. You can have them write their items on a flip chart and discuss and defend their choices with the whole group.
Have participants sitting in a circle. Each participant then contributes to the story
One of the participants starts a story by saying a sentence. It then goes in a circle, each person adding a sentence onto the story – after repeating each sentence that’s already been added.
Participants line up in a line. If you’ve got a bigger group, split them up and challenge each line to complete the task first (works best with 6-10 in a line). Ask the group to form a new line in order of…
• Height, from smallest to tallest.
• Birthdays, from January through to December.
• Shoe size, from smallest to largest.
• Alphabetical order of your first names (A-Z).
• Alphabetical order of your first mothers first names
• Alphabetical order of your first grandmother’s first names
• In order of who travels the furthest to school, most to least
• Length of hair, longest to shortest
Place tape or sting along the floor. Ask participants to line up. Ask them to jump left or right depending on their answer. Would you rather…
• Visit the doctor or the dentist?
• Eat broccoli or carrots?
• Watch TV or listen to music?
• Own a lizard or a snake?
• Have a beach holiday or a mountain holiday?
• Be an apple or a banana?
• Be invisible or be able to read minds?
• Be hairy all over or completely bald?
• Make headlines for saving somebody’s life or being the one that was saved?
• Go without television or fast food for the rest of your life?
• Always be cold or always be hot?
• Not hear or not see?
• Eliminate hunger and disease or be able to bring lasting world peace?
• Be stranded on a deserted island alone or with someone you don’t like?
• See the future or change the past?
• Be three inches taller or three inches shorter?
• Wrestle a lion or fight a shark
Ask participants to pair up. Have a 1 minute discussion on a topic, here are some below:
1. What superhero would you be?
2. If you were an animal what would you be and why?
3. Who has had the biggest influence/impact on your life?
4. The most important value in a relationship?
5. Is Lance Armstrong a champion?
7. What do you think you know about the Internet?
8. Nepal earthquake
9. What is one goal you’d like to achieve in your lifetime, and why?
10. Money, fame or love