Build Trust

Group Icebreakers

Two Truths and a Lie

Materials: None
Instructions: Each group member takes turns sharing two things about themselves that are true and one thing that is a lie. The rest of the group tries to guess which is the untrue statement.

Postcard Puzzle
Materials: Postcards
Instructions: Cut one or more postcards into puzzle pieces giving each person a piece to assemble. With a larger group, use several postcards. Have each person draw something on the puzzle piece that represents themselves. Put the puzzle piece together and explain what their drawing represents.

Famous Person
Materials: Sheets of paper
Instructions: Each person writes a famous name on a piece of paper and pin it on someone else's back. Each person then tries to guess what name is pinned on his/her by asking others around the room yes or no questions. Variation: Use famous place instead of famous person.

I've Done Something You Haven't
Materials: None
Instructions: Each person introduces themselves and then states something they have done that they think no one else in the class has done. If someone else has also done it, the student must state something else until he/she finds something that no one else has done.

Materials: Sheets of paper
Instructions: Each students draws a picture of themselves on a piece of paper. After they have done this, collect the papers and hang them up for the whole class to see. Then have students try to guess who the artists was for each picture. Find a partner who is different from you in gender, ethnicity or country of birth and find ten things you have in common.

Snowball Fight
Materials: Sheets of paper (could be from recycle bin)
Instructions: Give each student a piece of paper and ask them to write their name and three fun things about themselves. Have them crumple the paper into a snowball. Divide the group into two teams on opposite side of the room and let the snowball fight begin. When you call stop, each student is to pick up the nearest snowball and find the person whose name is inside. Once everyone has found their snowman or snow woman, have them introduce him or her to the rest of the group.