Ultimate Icebreaker

A team-building water icebreaker game for small groups

How To Play Ultimate Icebreaker

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 least one tray per team and it's probably best to use the same item/s for each team. Tell each team that the first ones to succesfully put on the item of clothing wins! Give the kids free reign to try to melt their block of ice!

Materials Needed

T-Shirt, Shorts, Hat, Water, Freezer

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on 4 October 2007


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I'm thinking to freeze a bubble gum or a gummy bear :)

Posted by crizalyn on 29 Sep 2019 at 11:59:22

Did this at youth camp. Filled gallon sized bag with water and froze a XL plain t-shirt. Did this competition outside near the lake and they were able to thaw out their blocks in the lake, beat on the ground, etc. They had a great time with this one!!

Posted by Kphillips on 4 May 2018 at 6:14:11

We tried it at winter camp, the shirt was so rough a freshman got bloody trying to put the frozen shirt on

Posted by Phillip on 3 Jan 2018 at 4:47:22

This game is a little less intensive if you use old t-shirts and lightly dampen them, fold, and freeze rather than soaking them. Experiment with the right saturation - shirts should be really stiff and difficult to unfold but not rock solid.

Posted by Jan on 17 Sep 2016 at 9:43:44

One great way to make sure this lasts a bit longer is to tie up the tshirts prior to freezing...Also, make sure to get the shirts wet before putting in ice block. You can do this with just a shirt, and a large gallon ziplock...the extra work and making the knot unfreeze is epic.

Posted by Brandon on 24 May 2016 at 1:51:31

I like this game, i played it in camp

Posted by John kanje on 6 Dec 2015 at 3:08:47

Im gonna try this with my kids however i will freeze ribbons they will have to get it out and tie it in a gir's hair

Posted by Anna on 29 Oct 2015 at 11:01:43

i have seen this done without much water--even a soaked t-shirt that is folded and frozen can take a little while to manage to unfreeze enough to unfold and get on. if you are thinking of a whole outfit, this might be a good approach!

Posted by emily on 18 Feb 2015 at 2:58:20

what do you suggest that we ket the kids brake the ice with?

Posted by Tanisha Angeleri on 10 Nov 2014 at 12:26:35

I tried this game but instead froze T-Shirts in plastic water bottles cut in half, the problem was that the young people started mashing the bottles on the floor with the consequence that a number of T-Shirts ended up tearing. This activity was not a success at all. Even when i tried to slowly melt the T-Shirts in warm water they still tore. I suggest you either use old clothes which are to be thrown away or stay away from this activity.

Posted by Michelle Fre on 1 Oct 2014 at 7:12:55

this sounds interesting haha

Posted by bro on 24 Jun 2014 at 2:39:21

I like the way this games sounds,but do I have to fold the clothes in the ice?

Posted by elroy on 28 Oct 2013 at 5:30:57

we did this one at a camp. It took too long for them to break the ice. We didn't give them anything to do it with though. They went outside and started smashing it on the pavement but it still was taking way too long!

Posted by brian on 13 Jun 2013 at 4:40:39

how do they melt the ice or can they brake it

Posted by phillip bailey on 7 Jan 2013 at 5:21:55

Haha! I did this one a long time ago! So much fun! Except we wore plastic gloves! So ya is suggest gloves!

Posted by Wolf on 6 Oct 2012 at 12:27:49

ok thanks

Posted by on 11 Apr 2012 at 5:07:29

Be sure they don't destroy the clothes! That happened in our group.

Posted by on 7 Apr 2012 at 3:44:29

thats a bit weird......

Posted by Anon on 27 Mar 2012 at 6:06:59


Posted by GLORIA on 23 Jan 2012 at 11:15:54

A good way to make it funner would be to freeze a whole outfit and then peoople have to try and put the clothes on!!! Good game though!

Posted by Issy on 17 Jan 2012 at 5:29:56

This game is soo awesome! i played it at my friend's fellowship, it really brings everyone together-- THE ULTIMATE ICEBREAKER(:

Posted by Evelyn on 4 Aug 2011 at 9:59:52

Trying this one tonight with t-shirts. Calling it: "Iced T's"

Posted by Naterade on 2 Jul 2011 at 3:41:21

did this one, it went off!!!! kids went crazy outside, i suggest giving each teams a couple of pairs of heavy duty gloves, coz our boys destroyed their hands on the bitumen (numb hands grating ice on road)

Posted by tara on 11 Mar 2011 at 8:41:42

Great Game. Used deep bowls instead of trays and it took forever for the blocks to freeze.

Posted by Kostin on 24 Oct 2008 at 4:51:08

Always a great game!

Posted by Anon on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:28:43
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