Summary: Good icebreaker game, especially for kids. Easy to learn and play, with little preparation.
Goal: Avoid being left in the middle of the circle.
- Chairs (one chair per person)
How to Play Fruit Salad:
1.Have everyone sit in a chair, arranged in a circle facing inwards. Select one person to be in the middle and remove their chair from the circle.
2. Explain the rules: The person in the middle needs to say something that applies to at least 2 people in the circle. For example, “Anyone who has a pet”, “Anyone who is wearing jeans”, “Anyone who has a brother or sister”, “Anyone wearing the color purple”. If the person’s statement applies to someone sitting in the circle, that person has to move from their seat and sit in a different chair. If the person says "Fruit Salad", then everyone needs to move to a different chair.
3. The person in the middle tries to sit down. There'll be one person left without a chair- this person will be the next person in the middle of the circle. The standing person starts a new round by saying a different statement.
Note: People cannot move to seats on their immediate left or right. For example, a person is allowed sit two seats away, but they cannot move to the left or right of their current chairs.
Taken from Great Group Games online
Purpose: to practice verbal communication to share compliments with each other
Directions: Tell players that they are going to play a game in which they will be sharing compliments. If needed, explain what a compliment is or give some examples: “I like the way you______,” “Thank you for ______,” or “You’re really good at ______.” Begin the game with players sitting in a circle. The object is to pass compliments around the circle. One person will give a compliment to the person sitting next to them, who will say, “Thank you,” and pass another compliment on to the next person, and so on. Remind players that compliments are sincere. Model a good compliment by starting the relay in a counter-clockwise direction. The game ends when the relay has gone around the circle one time. To play a second round, say, “I’m going to count to 10 and everyone needs to find a new seat in the circle.” Challenge the group by telling them that everyone must say something different.
Game Tip: If the group is large, consider breaking them into smaller groups. The game is easier and more fun when it moves faster.
Taken from Peace First
Purpose: Fun game to get everyone to work together.
Description: Players are going to `build` family portraits. Ask for e.g.
-Family of accountants, bean counters
-Family of Pop StarsFamily of snakes, rats, cats
-Family of garden toolsTell the players you will want to see who's who in the family. We also want to see who gets along with who, who's the black sheep of the family, and so on. This only works if players watch each other closely.
Taken from Improv Encyclopedia online