Action Games Ice Breakers

Giants, Wizards, and Elves

Summary: An icebreaker / action oriented game good for medium and large sized groups.  Similar to a game of rock, paper, scissors, two teams face off and decide to become either “giants,” “wizards,” or “elves.” Giants defeat elves, elves defeat wizards, and wizards defeat giants.

Ages: 10 and up.  Recommended # of People: 20 and up (large groups work fine too!).  Messiness factor: Might break a small sweat!  Materials Required: None.  Recommended Setting: Indoors or Outdoors.

Ice Breakers

Superlatives Game

Summary: An icebreaker where players must quickly arrange themselves in proper order — smallest to biggest, farthest away to closet, least to most, etc.

Ages: All.  Recommended # of People: Teams of 5 or more.  Messiness Factor: A little hectic.  Materials Required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors.

Superlatives Game

A good, brief icebreaker game that can be an interesting way to see how people compare.  Get to know other players in silly categories.  The goal is for players to reorder themselves as quickly as possible.

Instructions:  Teams should be medium to large size, about five players or more.  Large groups are okay, but ideally teams should be about 5-10 people.

To begin, have the facilitator ask all teams to stand up.  He or she announces a category, such as:

  • “How many letters are in your first name? From shortest to tallest.”
  • “Where is your birthplace?  Arrange from the person most farthest away to the person closest to your current city.”
  • “How many hats do you own? From least to most.”
  • “How many brothers or sisters do you have?  From least to most.”
  • “Height, from shortest to tallest.”

As soon as each superlative is announced, teams quickly figure out the proper order and sit down when done.  The judge checks to make sure they have done it correctly.  The first team to do it right wins the round.  Have fun and be creative with the superlatives!

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.