Ice Breakers

Straws Question Game

Summary: A useful icebreaker game to get people to know each other better, using specially marked straws.

Ages: 8 and up. Recommended number of players: Any number of players from 4 to 30.  Messiness factor: No mess at all! Materials required: Several straws, a cup, and a sharpie.

Straws Game

The Straws Question Game is a great way to break the ice and allow people to get to know each other better in a more comfortable way.  A question will be asked to the entire group, and then each player draws a straw.  A small number of straws will be specially marked.  Each player that draws the special straw answers the question.


Before the game begins, count out one straw for each player.  Mark the ends of a small number of straws with a sharpie marker.   The number of straws to mark depends on how many people you would like to answer the question — usually, three or four is a good number for a group of 10-20 people.  Prepare a number of questions for the group to answer.  You can ask any kind of question you like, depending on what kind of game you want. If you want players to get to know each other better, you can ask questions like, “What is your dream job?” or “What is your favorite place on earth?”  If you’d rather ask questions that allow for more creativity or humor, you could ask questions such as “If you could be any animal, what would you be?” or “What was your worst date experience?”

Playing the Straws Question Game

Place all the straws into a cup.  Ask a question that you have prepared in advance.  Have everyone grab a straw.  The players with the specially marked straws answer the question.  Repeat this process for as many questions as you like.

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