This week on the Youth Ministry Blog, we are providing some icebreakers that can be used for youth and adults across the generations!
Remember: icebreakers are only the beginning in introducing yourself to another person. After learning someone's name, try to continue that dialogue with a few simple follow up questions.
Here are this week's icebreakers:
Have the group stand in a circle. One person starts by holding a ball of yarn. They state their name and one or two facts about them. The person then throws the yarn to a random individual (there’s no particular order in this game) and the cycle continues until everyone has had a turn.
Pass around either a roll of toilet paper or a box of tissues and tell your group to take as many squares as they would like. When they’re done, participants have to say a positive fact about themselves. If they have four squares, then they have four things to say, if 10 then 10 things to say, and so on.
Post a large U.S. map (or maybe even a state map depending on your group) on the wall; also leave border space for those outside the country. Ask each participant to put their hometown and name on the map and share some information about their hometown. Or if the group travels frequently, ask them to share their favorite destinations and why.
Circle of Friends
Form two large circles, one inside the other ,and have the people in the inside circle face the people in the outside circle. Ask the circles to take one step in opposite directions, allowing them to meet each new person as the circle continues to move slowly. This works well for welcoming a large group that will be attending an event for more than one day. You can switch this game up by having the participants share answers to icebreaker questions with their partners.
Thanks for these icebreakers, John! Check back next week for more fun and exciting games for your youth group!