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  • Student Activities & Greek Affairs Sorority & Fraternity Life Damen Student Center, Suite 127

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    Energizer, Icebreakers, & Team Builders

    Icebreakers:

    Whether you're teaching a class, facilitating a meeting, hosting a group, or attending a casual summer party, getting to know the

    people around you can be intimidating or very fun. Break the ice! Click for a list of Icebreakers and Name Games. All ice breakers

    are printable!

    Chaos

    Material Needed: 3-4 soft small objects (stuffed animals, koosh balls, bean bags)

    Time Required: 10 minutes

    Group Size: 8-20

    Purpose: Physical Energizer, Name Game

    Organize participants into a circle

    One person begins by tossing one of the objects to someone else, saying, "Hi, Name of Person!

    The person who catches the object then says, "Thanks, Name of tosser!" and repeats by tossing to someone else in the circle.

    Names must be said each time the item is tossed or caught.

    3-4 items may be in place at once, but make sure to space them 30-60 seconds apart from each other.

    Concentration

    Material Needed: None

    Time Required: 10-15 minutes

    Group Size: 10-20

    Purpose: Energizer, just for fun

    Arrange participants into two equal lines facing each other.

    Once group turns around while the other gets 30 seconds to change 10 things about them (switch jewelry, change hair style, untie

    shoelaces, switch watch to other arm, trade clothing, etc.) as long as they are all things in sight. The first group turns back around

    and must identify the 10 changes.

    After they identify the changes, or time is up they swap so they other team gets to make changes while they guess.

    Source: Holden Leadership Center. (2009) University of Oregon.

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    Do You Love Your Neighbor?

    Material Needed: Place markers (half sheets of paper, tape, name tags).

    Time Required: 10-15 minutes

    Group Size: 10-40

    Purpose: Physical energizer, getting to know you

    Organize group members into a circle and have them put their place markers behind them at their feet.

    The facilitator should be in the middle explaining the game and should not have a place marker.

    Tell participants that in order to get out of the middle the people surrounding them in the circle need to ask in unison, "Name of

    person in middle, Do you love your neighbor?"

    The person in the middle will then respond by saying one of two things.

    The first thing they can say is "No" in which case everyone needs to move from their spot and find a different one. They may not

    take a spot directly next to the one they are already at. This gives the person in the center time to take a spot and escape from the

    middle.

    The second thing the person in the middle can say is, "Yes, especially those who are wearing blue jeans". And then only those people

    wearing blue jeans must move and find a different spot.

    The person in the middle may say anything within reason to get people to move. For example: I especially love my neighbors who

    have ever been to the beach, eaten spaghetti, been to a baseball game, watched cartoons, etc.

    Source: Holden Leadership Center. (2009) University of Oregon.

    Grab Bag Skits

    Material Needed: A bag of 5-6 random items for each group

    Time required: 15 -20 minutes

    Group Size: 10-50

    Purpose: Physical energizer, just for fun

    Organize people into groups of 3-6 people.

    Hand out bags filled with random items.

    Explain that each group must come up with a skit that uses all of the items in the bag.

    Encourage the groups to be creative with the items in their bag. Objects can be whatever they imagine them to be (i.e. a hairbrush

    can be a microphone, a roller skate can be a time traveling device, etc.).

    As a facilitator you can create pre-made skit topics for each group, or you can give all of the groups a vague topic relating to your

    organization/ company/ conference.

    Give groups 5-7 minutes to create a three minute skit.

    Have each group perform their skit in front of all the other groups.

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    Green Glass Door

    Material Needed: None

    Time Required: 5-10 minutes

    Group Size: 2-20

    Purpose: Ice breaker, time filler

    Tell participants that we are going on a picnic and in order to come on the picnic, they need to go through the green glass door.

    To get through the green glass door each participant must bring something to the picnic.

    What they can bring to the picnic depends on the first letter of their first name. Each person may only bring objects to the picnic that

    start with the letter of their first name.

    For example: The facilitator (whose name is Sam) would start by saying. "I am going through the green glass door and I'm bringing

    Sandwiches, but I am not bringing the watermelon. What are you bringing Larry?"

    Larry might respond by saying I'm going to bring the potato salad, but I am not going to bring the juice. In which case the facilitator

    might say, I'm sorry Larry, you can't bring the potato salad, but Patty, you could bring the potato salad. Continue doing this until

    everyone catches on to the rule.

    Variations:

    If everyone catches onto the rule quickly, you can create more difficult rules.

    Suggestions are:

    Participants may only bring items that have double letters in them, (i.e. balloons, food, berries, jello, cheese, etc.), participants may

    only bring items that start with the first letter of their last name, etc.

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    Have You Ever?

    Material Needed: Place markers. A half sheet of paper or tape works really well depending on the floor surface.

    Time Required: 10-15 minutes

    Group Size: 10-30

    Purpose: Physical energizer, getting to know you, getting to know your better. Especially for big groups.

    Organize participants into a circle.

    Give each person a place marker and have them put it behind them on the floor at their feet (the facilitator should be standing in the

    middle of the circle directing this activity, not taking part).

    Have each person step on their marker.

    Explain that there is one more person than there are spots on the circle and the job of the person in the middle is to take one of the

    spots so that they can get out of the middle.

    How they get people to move is by asking the question, "Have you ever..." and then fill in the blank with something they have done.

    For example: Have you ever been to a concert?

    Everyone who has been to a concert will then move to a different marker on the circle that is not directly next to the one they are

    already on. Once people start to move the person in the middle tries to take a free space.

    The last person in the middle without a spot then has to say, "have you ever..." and the game continues.

    Note:

    It is a good idea for a newer group to have people introduce themselves before saying "have you ever", for example: My name is

    Sam and have you ever eaten sushi?

    You can add rules to the game as it progresses, such as if you have already been in the middle and get caught a second time, you

    may choose somebody else to be in the middle who hasn't yet.

    If everyone has a chance to be in the middle you can change, "have you ever" to the phrase, "I would like to...." to focus on future

    ambitions and goals. For example, my name is Sam and I would like travel to Europe. Everyone with the same goal would then move

    to a different spot.

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    Mingle

    Material Needed: None

    Time Required: 10-15 Minutes

    Group Size: 10-50

    Purpose: Physical energizer, getting to know you

    Teach participants the mingle song, which goes, "Mingle, mingle, M I N G L E" (the mingle song is open to interpretation, dance

    moves may be incorporated depending on the creative mind/ coordination of the facilitator.

    Explain that while the mingle song is being sung, participants must move about the room.

    After participants have mingled to the satisfaction of the facilitator, the facilitator will yell out a number, and the participants must

    then stop mingling and get into groups of that number. For example: After participants have mingled, the facilitator will yell out,

    "GROUPS OF 3". Participants would then make groups of 3 as quickly as possible.

    After giving participant