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  This game is a great game for getting to know you, first-time group meetings.  I like to use it when confirmation classes first join the Sr. High ministry or when a small group first starts up.  It takes a little prep, but is an easy, fun game. Have everyone write 2 things that are…

Paper Ball Challenge

There are plenty of getting to know you games out there, there are even several that involve “sharing”, but this is the only one I know of that’s got a bit of strategy, too.  It’s also a great game because it takes no real prep and can be done anywhere. Give each teen a piece…

Interview Lottery

Need an ice breaker that won’t leave you sweaty, tired, disheveled, soaking wet, covered in feathers or tied to a tree? Hey, you have your ice breakers, I have mine…anyway, I’ve got a great one that’s pretty easy, fun and a little less intense than some of the games out there. This works with any…

Name Duels

This game is one of my favorite activities after confirmation or when there are a number of new people in the group. It’s one of the best name-games I know, and it’s silly and fun and my youth will play it forever if I let them. This takes two volunteers, since I have yet to…

Toe to Nose

This game is a fun, crazy, high-energy partner-based game of musical chairs. It’s a lot of fun and a great ice-breaker opening game. It takes very little or no prep, and no real supplies. Have the youth form two circles, on within the other. When the music plays, the two circles should slowly walk in…

Puff Suits

This activity is an amazing relay/team race activity that, with a little prep, can amp up your next overnight, retreat or party. My teens love it, and it usually fills 10-20 minutes, depending on the group size, number of rounds, enthusiasm, etc. Go to Walmart/K-Mart/Target/Costco/local retail venue? and purchase a few sets of the largest…

Speed Interviews

One of my favorite retreat ice breakers is called Speed Interviews. They cram a whole lotta meeting in a short amount of time, needs little or no prep, and can be a ton of fun. Partner your group off with people they don’t know, if there is an odd number, you participate. The pairs then…

Line ‘Em Up

I like to break up pairs when I do most of my games, ice breakers or activities. It helps to keep cliques from forming, develops new interactions and sometimes, it’s just good to shake things up. In order to pair them up deliberately, it’s easier to have them in a random order. To do this,…

Up & Down

What this game lacks in a good name, it makes up for in a 10 on the delightfulness meter. It’s a fun ice breaker and gets people out of their heads. You will need an odd number of people, so if there are an even number, you play too. Have your group circle up and…

Sumo, Robot, Ninja

This is a one-on-one game or ice breaker I have used before with fine results, but when I adapted it as a group activity, the roof blew off this sucker. Divide your larger group into smaller groups, it’s best to do 3+, but it can be done with pairs. The rules are as follows: Sumo…