Vital Ingredients of an Ice-Breaker
Ice-breakers, or get-to-know-you games, provide an opportunity for the members of your group to ‘get-to-know-each-other’ better and to begin feeling comfortable interacting 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, get-to-know-you games typically feature:
- Fun as a major component
- High levels of interaction
- A non-threatening approach
- 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.
Classic Get-To-Know-You Games
Some classic ice-breaking and getting-to-know-you examples include:
- Ice-Breaker Question Exchange
- Toss A Name Game
- UBUNTU Cards
- Making Connections
- ID Numbers
playmeo features hundreds of ice-breaker and get-to-know-you games and activities – all of which are universally appealing, 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. 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.