The Penny Game
Break people into groups of four and give each person a penny (or a shekel!). Ask them to introduce themselves to the group and talk about what they were doing during the year on the coin.
Here is a fun idea for an ice breaker. Before your party make up a grid sheet or list with varied personal characteristics in each square or line. Characteristics might be: sings in shower; loves hot sauce; never had a speeding ticket; listens to classical music ; has met a famous person; wears scarves just for fun ; plays the lottery; speaks at least three languages; etc. Distribute copies of grid sheet to your guests and have them go around and collect unique signatures of guests who have those characteristics. The first person to get all (or the most) squares filled in wins a door prize.
How would you change the world?
This will engage people’s imaginations and help them share their passion. Ask the question, “How would you use $1 million to change the world?” After everyone has had a chance to share, ask the same question about $100 and then about $1,000.
Team Shape Shifting
Divide into two groups facing each other. Give a set amount of time for Team A to observe Team B. Have Team B leave the room and change noticeable things (they can’t put something in a back pocket, for example). Team B returns and Team A has 30 seconds to find the 10 changes. A couple of silly props like a rubber fish sticking out of someone’s pocket or a fake spider in someone’s hair are fun additions to this icebreaker.
Ball of Questions
Take a large bouncy ball and in permanent marker write get-to-know-you questions all over it. Toss the ball around and have group members answer the question on the ball closest to their thumb. Ideas for what to write on your ball could include things like, “Tell about a time you got lost” or “Tell about your favorite vacation.”
Divide into pairs. Give each pair a card with a composite word on it, for example “hotdog”. Have the pair act out two scenes, one for each word in the compound word. In our example, the first scene might be of a family eating soup that is very hot, while the second scene might be about walking your dog. The audience needs to guess what the composite word is.
Fact or Fiction? The Story Behind My Name
Parents often share with their children the “story” behind their names. Give members the chance — either with the large group or divided into smaller groups — to tell the story behind their name or they can make one up. Groups can vote if the story sounds like fact or fiction. This can also be done with middle names.
Two Truths and a Lie
Have each person make three statements about themselves: two true statements and one lie. For example, “I’ve never broken a bone. I have 5 sisters. I was born in Yugoslavia.” The group tries to guess which statement is the lie.
Ask each member to name three people, past or present, they admire. Why? Or, ask them if they could interview anyone in history, who would that be and why? What one or two questions would you want to ask?
Personal Scavenger Hunt
Take 5 minutes and find (some) of the following items in your wallet or purse and then share what you find with the group! Something that . . .
You’ve had a long time
You’re proud of
Reveals a lot about you
Reminds you of a fun time
Concerns or worries you