Next week I will be giving a workshop. I'd like to start with an icebreaker, but I want it to be fun! Please share any icebreakers that you may have 'experienced' or heard of that you think were fun!!
I'm doing my first workshop next week. I'm terrified. It is so much easier talking to a room full of kids. Adults intimidate me. I'd love ice breakers as well. I've got lots for kids, but none for the 'big people'.
Having them get in a line by month of their birthday- without talking, which is difficult for teachers - then go down the line and say their birthday w/o year can be fun. Maybe give a little prize if there are any "twins" in the group (like twix candy bars or pack of post-it notes to use in your session) If you are starting with some sort of group activity, you can put them into groups of 4, 5, ... this way too - that way it mixes, or breaks up, "friends" that came together for a bit.
This is a fun one that I've had to do at some workshops. One person (usually the workshop leader) starts off with naming some facts about themself. When one of the partipants hears something that is the same for them, they get up and stand next to the original person and then start giving facts about themself until someone joins them. For example, at the last workshop I went to, one person was talking and then she mentioned how she was the prinicipal at the elementary school that I went to when I was a kid, so I went and stood next to her, and then gave facts until someone agreed with something I said and stood next to me. Hope that's not too confusing!
Another good icebreaker is Bingo, where you have to find people who match the items on the Bingo board.
I did one where we each got a small bag of M&M's. Each color was assigned a category and you had to name something from that category.
yellow stood for your favorite movie
red stood for your favorite food
green stood for an embarassing moment.
We did these at tables and it was a good way to start things off. Plus we got chocolate!
I haven't looked at that site yet, so I don't know if this is on there, but I did it recently at a workshop I attended. It's called License Plate Bumper Cars.
Each participant gets a license plate template. Put the name of the state you were born in at the top. Put any combination of letters and numbers, up to 10, that express you in some way (be prepared to explain it). Add decorations and pictures to your license plate to express your personality.
Once they finish with their license plates (they did it as they came in in the morning, even before the "start time" and it took about 10 minutes into the class), tell them they will play bumper cars. They hold up their license plate facing out and drive around like cars. When they see someone they would like to meet, they gently bump into them (our facilitator encouraged us to "honk" as well). You tell each other what's on your plate, then wave bye and move on. We had to find three different people to bump.
Here are 2 very different activities, both of which could be used with kids, too:
1) Each person finds a partner, pref. someone they don't know. There's no talking. Explain that they are going to arm wrestle with their partner and for every time a participant is able to pin her opponent's hand to the table, that participant gets a Hershey Kiss. Only give about 1 minute or so for the activity. This is fun to watch. People that think through the activity will realize that if they work together, they could accumulate lots of candy. Others will get nothing. The idea is to work together.
2) Everyone thinks of one good open ended question. It could be teaching-related, like "What is your best advice for building good relationships with parents?" or personal, like "Where is your favorite place you've ever been on vacation?" or "If you could have lunch with one famous person, who would you choose and why?" Divide your group into an inside circle of people who face an outside circle of people. The two people facing each other ask each other their question and listen to the answer. Then after about a min.or so, tell people to rotate so they can ask the next person their question and answer a different question.
I was in a science workshop last month and we had to find our partner. There were film canisters and each had something inside it. There were sets of three that contained the same thing. By only shaking and listening, you had to find the other one or two that matched yours. Interesting way to create groups if you're working. Also quiet, because you really had to listen to the sound. Inside were things like beads, paperclips, rice, beans, stones.