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Shoe Talk

Relaxing games Icebreaker games Large group games


How To Play Shoe Talk

Often at the start of a youth camp or youth group year there are many people who don't know each other. Even the leaders often don't know many of kids. What's needed is a good ice breaker game which doesn't put too much pressure on everyone.

I played this group game at a camp recently and it was a fantastic icebreaker idea.

1. Split the group into 2 halves.

2. Get each half of the group to line up against opposite sides of the room or hall.

3. Get each person to take of 1 shoe and make a pile of their team's shoes.

4. Get each person from one team to come a select a random shoe from the other team's pile and then find the person that shoe belongs to.

5. Once they have found their match, have a question ready so each person in the pair can ask each other a get to know each other a little bit better. Make sure you don't leave this time too long, but don't make it too short either, give both people a chance to answer.

6. Get the other team to do the same process with the first team's pile of shoes.

Submitted by Joel on 23 Jul 2010 12:00:00

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I think that this game will make some kids uncomfortable beacause they think some kids will make fun of their shoes or their socks. It can also be emberrasing if their feet smell or their shoes.

Posted by LINDA on 24 Jul 2010 at 6:05:36

I agree - I can be unhelpful in some situations. An alternative could be to tell kids to "find their twin" in the room and can get to know them, and then "find their opposite' in the room and can answer a question with them.

Posted by Shorty on 26 Jul 2010 at 8:23:05

yes that true i also agree some people will feel uncomfortable with that (shoes). Y how will it be if we use names of poeple. like right names of the other group and something like pick a name.

shoes for name same rules.

Posted by Jeanette on 13 Nov 2010 at 12:01:54

no not atall, I totally think that this game would be a great resource and I am going to use it tonight! I can see this working a treat! Thankyou!!!! :-)

Posted by Darren on 4 Mar 2011 at 11:38:09

i did play it with my group, oh boy did we enjoy ouselfs. even though some of us did not get the whole point, but it was great.

Posted by Jeanette on 11 Mar 2011 at 11:56:10

I believe this game is a platform for us to apply it the best way that works for the group we are working with...that require to know our audience and encourage them to embrace it and the best way is try it, fail and adjust... thank you

Posted by Paco on 20 Aug 2011 at 8:10:44

I've done this game before and I know that some of the girls got quite uncomfortable, the guys loved it though. They of course got competitive haha

Posted by Bek on 1 Sep 2011 at 1:43:00

but when one set take off one shoe...isnt it so easy for the oppse set to figure out who the shoe belong to? bcoz they will see the other shoe on them.

Posted by on 6 Sep 2011 at 1:16:31

boriiiiiiinnnnnngggggg

Posted by on 9 Mar 2012 at 11:43:42

we tried it and its fun but maybe this only works if the people in the group know each other.

Posted by johann on 16 Mar 2012 at 12:24:14

Your over thinking it. We've done this several times and it works just fine. It helps if there si more than just question, but a task they have to share.

If your really concerned about the kids feet smelling, bring some baking soda and simply ask the kid quietly to put some in his shoe.

Posted by Chuck on 29 Mar 2012 at 9:58:39

We did this as an icebreaker at our youth group. The only difference was that it was only the leaders shoes that they had to guess. Which was really cool for helping them get to know us.

Posted by Tim on 12 Apr 2012 at 5:31:02

two of my shyer kids felt embarrassed about hole in sock and another had stinky feet.... it really stuck while some kids made fun of them... great idea but now I use name tags... cut first name from last name and person has to find person with the first name of the last name they hold...they get to know names and have to discuss why they think that person looked like an Ann or Bob, etc.. kids seem to like it

Posted by debi on 24 Aug 2012 at 2:12:42

I appreciate all of your comments above.

Posted by Mark C. on 26 Jan 2013 at 11:00:02

is a very good fun game i like it i will try to introduce with my teaam

Posted by Janki on 3 Sep 2013 at 3:01:59

If people are concerned with taking off the shoes - a variation would be to find their "solemate". The children leave their shoes on and have to find someone with a similar design on the sole of their shoe. The children could then make up a secret handshake with their "solemate".

Posted by Mel on 10 Sep 2013 at 12:29:12

i do think its a exciting game to play and to interact with the youth

Posted by shandre on 22 Apr 2014 at 7:05:37

the whole idea is to get them comfortable around each other so at first they might feel uncomfortable but the getting to know part is the idea of the game.

Posted by shan shan on 30 Aug 2014 at 2:52:59

This was fun so much fun! As a kid it wont matter to them how smelly or stinky they were, but the fun and excitements was totally burts out! Kids just love to enjoy games!

Posted by cheer on 2 Oct 2014 at 4:20:00

Played this game with girls group! I just let them know ahead of time to wear their favorite pair of shoes and they all had a blast playing it!

Posted by Dee on 25 Nov 2014 at 1:05:38

you may choose other stuff that every one certainly have.... like a cell phone or a wallet ... shoe is not such a good thing specially if you have to take others' with your hand!!! EEEEeee...!!!

Posted by Dorsa on 25 Dec 2014 at 8:48:13

I've done this game a lot, and it's never created any problems with embarrassment.

Posted by LThurston on 2 Feb 2015 at 4:21:17

All we did was we had plastic bags. Each shoe was in a clear plastic bag, then we distributed them.

Posted by Robert Mckay on 19 Jan 2017 at 11:57:37

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