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Youth Group Icebreakers


Youth Group Games has a huge range of icebreaker games for youth ministry and groups. "Icebreakers" (or ice breakers) are games or activities that break the ice and help people get to know each other at group functions, parties and events.

Ice breaker games are great for small groups or large groups where there are many people who don't know each other.

Having some relaxed, fun icebreaker games, icebreaker activities or warmup games at the beginning of a group meeting can be a fantastic way to the ease the group in the becoming more relaxed around each other. To get some ice breaker activity ideas view our collection of ice breaker games for small groups, icebreaker games large groups, icebreaker games teamwork and team building activities.

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Have everyone secretly write down the name of a person on a small piece of paper or a "post-it" note. It has to be a person that everyone in the room would know about - a famous historical figure, an ...
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Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Hot Topic
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 d...
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Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Get each person to grab some M&M's. Tell them not to eat them. Assign a different meaning to each colour: Blue = family Green = school Yellow = friends Red = hobbies Brown = music/movies ...
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Whole Group
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
Under $20
Talking Point
Everyone sits in a circle. Each player chooses a fruit or vegetable. Player A says their fruit/veggie, then the player's fruit/vegie that they want to pass it on to... ie Player A says "Strawberry st...
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All On All
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
No cost
Get your two teams to mingle together for a couple of minutes, and introduce themselves to each other. The two teams sit on either side of the bed sheet. Two leaders pull the bed sheet up, hiding ...
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Multiple Teams
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Hot Topic
This is probably one of the oldest and most well known icebreakers. It's also known as "People Bingo" and "Get To Know You Bingo". It works for groups of all ages, and can be a really interesting game...
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All On All
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
This game is the ultimate icebreaker. Needs a bit a prep before hand - fill up some trays with water and place a t-shirt or pair of shorts or a hat in the water. Then freeze it! You'll need at leas...
Outside
Multiple Teams
10 - 30 mins
Extreme Mess
Under $20
Team Architect is basically a game where you get each team to build something with very little amounts of strange materials. For example, you could give each team a packet of pop sticks and a roll of ...
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Multiple Teams
10 - 30 mins
Cool Off & Clean Up
Under $20
For this great get to know you game, each person must make three statements about themselves, one of which isn't true. For example: I have two brothers, I was born in Australia, I have a motorcycle...
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Whole Group
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
No cost
For this icebreaker game you'll need to set up your chairs in a circle facing inwards. Make sure there is one less chair than there are players. Select one player to start off in the middle. They m...
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Whole Group
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
Object: To have only your gender sitting on the couch. Set-Up: If you don't have a couch large enough to fit four people, just designate four chairs as the "couch". Circle the rest of the chairs,...
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Multiple Teams
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
Hot Topic
Have the entire group sit in a circle; a room with couches and chairs are fine, as long as everybody is pretty much facing each other. Select one person to go out of the room. Now the group decide...
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Whole Group
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
This icebreaker youth group game is a cross between pictionary, sculptionary and charades. Firstly come up with a list of pictionary style words to use. Try to use words that might be easy enough t...
Inside
Multiple Teams
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Hot Topic
Set up the chairs in two circles, a small circle and a larger circle outside of that. Make sure that the chairs are facing each other and there are an equal amount of chairs in the inside circle as we...
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Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
This is a good youth group game to get kids mingling together and to help kids to get to know one another better. It might provide good conversation starters for kids later on. Get the whole group ...
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All On All
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
This get to know you game / ice break game is a great way to generate discussion amoungst a big group or to help a small group get to know a bit more about each other. Get the group to stand in the...
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All On All
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Divide your group into two teams. Stand the first group in a line facing the second group. The second group have a set amount of time (you decide) to look at the appearance of the other team. On...
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Multiple Teams
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Gather your players into two teams. Tell one team to put one of their hands on their head, and the other team to put one of their hands on their rear. Then tell them that if they are tagged by someone...
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Multiple Teams
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
Simply announce that you want everyone lined up across the room by birth-date. Only catch: no talking. Once they are all lined up, ask certain people their birthdays just to be sure. You can have t...
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Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Talking Point
1. Each person will get a piece of paper and a pencil/pen. 2. Write down your name vertically down the paper. 3. With every alphabet written down, write a keyword to represent each alphabet th...
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All On All
30 - 60 mins
No Mess
No cost
Give everyone in the group a piece of paper and pen, then get them to write down three facts about themselves along with their name. Once they have done this, they'll need to hand their sheet of paper...
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All On All
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
The group stands in the middle of a room (or if outside, between two markers eg cones). one wall/marker is nominated 'true' and the other 'false'. The leader reads a statement, eg 'bats aren't act...
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All On All
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
No cost
I love this game for getting to know students. Each player sits in a chair in a circle facing the canter. One player stands in the center to start the game, usually me after I explain it. Whoeve...
Inside
Whole Group
0 - 5 mins
Cool Off & Clean Up
No cost
Grab a whole bunch of sticky labels or masking tape and write the names of celebrities on the non-sticky side. Then, without showing them the name, stick a label on the back of each person in your you...
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All On All
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
It's a great name game! It's like playing a game of tag, only when the person who is is runs at someone to tag them they can yell out someone else's name. When they yell out someone else's name that p...
Outside
Whole Group
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
Ok, so we all remember the kids game telephone, where the person at the front of the line whispers in the ear of the person behind then and then they turn and do the same and eventually by the time yo...
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All On All
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
This is a great fun get to know you game. It works well as an ice breaker game and it really quick to play. Also works for both big groups and small groups. Hand out a piece of paper and a pen to e...
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All On All
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
No cost
Two people stand facing each other with about a shoulder's span between them and thier feet together. They must try to make the other player move thier feet by slapping thier opponent's hands only. (t...
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Multi Player Duel
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
No cost
Hold out 5 fingers (well, 4 and your thumb) Go around the circle and one at a time, each person announces something that they have never done, beginning the sentence with the phrase "Never have I ever...
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Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
This is an all time classic icebreaker game! Everyone stands in a big circle and then grabs onto two different peoples hands (not the people standing on either side of them). Once everyone is h...
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Whole Group
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
Divide your group into 2 teams. Each person writes the name of a well known person they would like to be play for this game on a notecard. "Well-known" can mean famous (Madonna) or very well known (...
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Multiple Teams
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
No cost
This is the "get to know you" edition of the youth group game called "Bang". You'll need to know the general rules of Bang to understand this game so it's best to read them first: Read the rules fo...
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All On All
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Each kid gets a coin. When asked, they share something significant that happened to them the year the coin was made in. This is basically just a novel way to get conversation flowing and is probabl...
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Whole Group
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
Under $20
Get the group to take off their right shoe. Then throw all the shoes in a big pile in the middle of the room. Tell everyone from the group to grab a random shoe from the pile and put it on their sp...
Inside
Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
Cool Off & Clean Up
No cost
This is a great youth group ice breaker game. Would work really well to help the group mingle and get comfortable being around one another. You'll needa jenga set or even a giant jenga set if you h...
Inside
All On All
10 - 30 mins
Cool Off & Clean Up
Under $20
The group stands in a circle and nominates someone to start. 3 - 2 - 1 ULTIMATE NINJA! Everyone has to start with a ninja pose position. Going clockwise, the person whose turn it is must try and hi...
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Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
This group game could be used as an ice breaker game or just as a relaxed game. It's a cross between Telephone and Pictionary. Would work well in a whole group setting (depending on how big the ...
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Multiple Teams
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
First, you split up into groups of 3-5. You should have at least three teams to play. Each team gets a chair and the caller chooses any random tangible-object noun. Each team is given 5 minutes to...
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Multiple Teams
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
The classic game of Mastermind works well when solved as a whole group. The whole group must work together to crack the code. Alternatively, divide the group into two teams and each gets to set a cod...
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Whole Group
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
A great way to help people open up to each other is to ask them fun questions that allow them to express their personality or interesting things about them. This youth group icebreaker game basically ...
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Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Get all the players to sit in a circle, except for one person who must stand in the middle of the circle. The aim of the game is to not miss out on a seat and get stuck in the middle. The person in...
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Whole Group
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
This game is a fantastic group mixer ice breaker activity. Player must wander around the room and battle each other in Rock, Paper, Scissors. The winner evolves to the next stage and the loser stay...
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All On All
0 - 5 mins
No Mess
No cost
Get everyone to huddle in a group in the middle of the room and join each hand with someone across the circle. Once everyone has joined hands, let them know their task is now to untangle themselves. ...
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Whole Group
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
Line two teams up next to each other with a table a few metres away from the start of the line, each team has 15 cups stacked up like a pyramid. The first player will run to the table then collapse th...
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Multiple Teams
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
Under $20
Set Up: - Divide the whole group into 2 teams, based on sides of the room. Any size youth group can play. In the front of the room place drawing pad/white board, somewhere both teams can see it wel...
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Multiple Teams
10 - 30 mins
Cool Off & Clean Up
No cost
This is a brilliant circle game! Basically get a circle of chairs set up and get the whole group to sit in them, except for one person who starts in the middle. This person then has to select someo...
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All On All
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
Played this game in a fairly large youth group but could work for smaller groups too! If you are familiar with the tv game show Talkin bout Your Generation there is a challenge at the end where they ...
Inside
Multiple Teams
5 - 10 mins
No Mess
No cost
We came up with this at our first lock-in 3 years ago and it is one of our most requested events! We ask the students to make teams of 4. We write down topics on slips of paper, the topics are fold...
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Multiple Teams
1 hour +
Cool Off & Clean Up
No cost
Arrange the chairs in a big circle, everyone to sit on a chair apart from one person, who stands in the middle of the circle. The person standing in the middle starts the game off by stating someth...
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All On All
10 - 30 mins
No Mess
No cost
Divide the group into teams of between 5 and ten people (If you are running a camp with small groups, split them into their small groups). The game takes the form of a general knowledge quiz with ...
Inside
Multiple Teams
30 - 60 mins
No Mess
No cost