Ice-Breakers
& Get-To-Know-You Activities

 

Ice-breakers, or getting-to-know-you activities, provide an opportunity for the members of your group to 'get-to-know-each-other,' and to begin feeling comfortable with one another. Even if the people know each other pretty well, ice-breakers will always start your program off with a few laughs.

To be successful, ice-breakers typically feature:

  • Fun as a major component
  • Lots of non-threatening interaction
  • Success-oriented activity
  • Simple & easy-to-understand instructions


The terms energisers, get-to-know-you games, and warm-ups are also used to describe experiences which invite individuals and groups to mix and become more acquainted with one another. Although for the purposes of playmeo's activity library, these are all distinctly different experiences.

Regardless of their name, ice-breakers and get-to-know you exercises must acknowledge the collective comfort levels of the people in a group. They are ideally designed to prepare a group for possibly more challenging experiences ahead. 

Some classic ice-breaking and getting-to-know-you examples include:


playmeo features hundreds of ice-breaker and get-to-know-you games and activities - all of which are universally appealling, and most do not require equipment.

You can read more about what makes an ice-breaker an ice-breaker as distinct from any other experience by clicking the link. This article describes five essential elements that must be featured in an experience, such as an opening game, to help you successfully break the ice.