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Christmas - Across the Line
Location
Anywhere a line can be drawn across the meeting area.

Energy level: Medium

Description
Which side are you on? Do you know where you stand? Find out in this Christmas icebreaker where participants move back and forth to opposite sides of the room depending on their Christmas related preferences.

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Thanksgiving is an American Holiday when people come together, treasure the relationships with those close to them, and thank God for his blessings over the past year. While the New Year celebrates new opportunities and a chance to start over, Thanksgiving reminds us how far we have come and how God and others have helped us to get where we are. This Thanksgiving Activity encourages youth to remember things for which they are thankful and also reminds us that we are also connect to those around us and need to be thankful for them as well. Being Thankful isn't just for Americans and Canadians. It's something all of us should take time to do!

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It is said a person has three names: the one given at birth, the one other people give, and the one (s)he gives him/herself. Names have meaning. Sometimes names are changed to reflect a new direction in a person's life. In his icebreaker game, youth not only learn each other's names, but they also explore what it means to be called a Christian, a disciple, a saint, a believer.

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This is a collection of youth icebreaker games using ice cubes. The primary game leads into a discussion on mistakes and forgiveness.

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Summer is a time of friendships. The time away from school is a welcome break and provides the freedom to spend time with friends doing the things you enjoy. Friends will come and go but all will teach you something about who you are and who you want to be. But Jesus also calls us friends. So what does that teach us?

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Youth interview each other to discover 3 "new" interesting facts about their partner. They then discuss a Bible Character they would like to interview and what we can learn from the stories of famous people in the Bible

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There are times when we have fun, draw closer to one another, talk about all kinds of things, and experience the joy of being together. Other times though it seems that the things we say, or things that are said to us seem to hurt even more when it involves our families. We often hear it said that the people we hurt the most are often the ones that are closest to us. There are times I wish I could have taken back the words the moment I've said them, but it's often too late; damage done. In all our relationships the things we do can say can either build up or tear down. This wacky youth group game presents the same choice to teams of youth.

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Beat the hot days of summer with a frozen T-shirt contest for your youth. The objective is simple - Unfold a frozen t-shirt and wear it. But it's not quite as easy as it sounds. It can be played as a team effort or you can have one frozen tee for each youth.

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Description


In this icebreaker game, youth must arrange their group in order according to specific criteria.


Number of Youth


Unlimited (in groups of at least 8 teens)


How to Play


  1. Youth are told they may not talk.

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Game Description
This icebreaker activity makes a great creative learning activity to help introduce youth to some of the many names of God. If you use the names of God and Christ related to the Christmas Story it also serves as a great icebreaker or Bible Study discussion starter for Christmas.

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Description
In this Easter Icebreaker, youth will need to discover each other’s secret Easter identity.

Resources
Colorful Plastic Easter Eggs (one for each youth)

Preparation
Place a piece of paper inside each plastic Easter egg with an item on it. All items are related to Easter. Here is a list of potential items:

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Fall is a time of new beginnings for many at school.

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Introduction
Use this activity to introduce a topic and divide the youth into small groups or teams at the same time.

Game Description
Youth will break into groups with the each youth forming one of the letters of a keyword.

Game Materials
None

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This is a variation of the Books of the Bible Puzzle also found on this website.

Thanks to Caitlin in the UK for passing this on.

Description
In this icebreaker puzzle, youth will discover 16 books of the bible in a paragraph of text.

Materials
Print out of the text

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Simple Icebreaker Ideas

People introduce themselves with their first pet’s name (or doll’s name if they didn’t have a pet) as their first name and the street they lived on as their second. If your first pet was a dog named “Lucky” and you lived on Cross Street, you would be Lucky Cross.

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Icebreaker Description
A fast-paced icebreaker game for youth where partners quickly share answers to a question from the facilitator. Partners and questions are changing all the time.

Icebreaker Materials
(Optional) “Chatter Bugs” handouts containing a list of questions for youth that are somehow connected to your session theme or topic.

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Game Description
This game is based on the familiar English idiom to be “left holding the bag.” “Left holding the bag” refers to a situation when a person is abandoned by others involved so that they bear the blame or responsibility. Example: Everyone rushed home after the party left the room in a mess so the youth leader was “left

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Game Description
Divided into at least 2 groups of 4-6 people, an individual youth will attempt to get his/her team to guess a name written on a piece of paper.

Game Materials

  • Pens
  • Small Pieces of Paper
  • A Container (basket, hat, bowl, or bag) for each team

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Description
In this icebreaker puzzle, youth will discover 16 books of the bible in a paragraph of text.

Materials
Print out of the text

What to do
Give the text to the students as individuals and groups before a session and reward the person who finds all 16 books first.

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Description
Use these Olympic Sports related Icebreakers for a sports related or Olympics related meeting.

Use this list of sports as a resource for the next few icebreakers:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bobsledding
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Darts
  • Diving

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Description
This icebreaker is appropriate during the Olympics or for special sports events.

Preparation
On small slips of paper write down the names of numerous athletes. (Best if they are the more prominent athletes from the Olympic Games or the more famous athletes from a variety of sports.)

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Description
Youth will compare thier spiritual life to an Olympic sport.

What to do
Ask each youth what sport best describes his/her spiritual life and why.
“My spiritual life is like ____________ because __________________.”

A list of sports is included below if the youth need help thinking of some.

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  1. Were the directions clearly understood by the participants? Were they loud enough?
  2. Was the leader facing the entire group? Did the leader make good eye-contact with everyone?
  3. Was the leader enthusiastic? Did the leader pick up on humorous situations?
  4. Was everyone involved? Were there periods of waiting?

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Description
In this Icebreaker game for your Valentine’s Day Party, youth will move forward or backwards when they meet the Valentine’s day criteria that is called out.

Resources

  • List of actions related to valentine’s Day or Dating
  • Chairs in a circle, one chair per person.

 

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Description
Can you separate the Valentine’s Day related facts from the fiction?

Resources
Valentine Heart shaped pieces of paper or Index cards and pens (or pencils)

Preparation
None

What to Do

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Valentine’s Day Game Description
In this Valentine’s Day Game, party participants are to create as many words as possible before the timer runs out using only the letters in the word “Valentine”

Valentine’s Day Game Resources

  • Word List (possibly a dictionary as well)
  • Timer

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These discussion questions make great icebreakers to allow people to get to know each other a little better.

DO YOU Have other discussion questions using the word ‘favorite”? Please add at least ONE as a comment so we can increase this list together!

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Copyright 2007 by Ken Sapp

This icebreaker game is similar to Connected but the connections are visual ones as participants make eye contact with one another. You can use this icebreaker to discuss communication, attention, community, and connections or relationships. It can also be used for team building and relationship building in training events.

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Using icebreakers successfully is similar to being able to tell a good story: you need to know your audience, delivery is everything, and good stories build up intensity as they go along. And props never hurt if you have them.

1. Make Course Corrections (Be Flexible)

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When planning ice breakers, think about the “ice” that needs to be broken.

  1. If you are bringing together liked-minded people, the “ice” may simply reflect the fact that people have not yet met.
  2. If you are bringing together people of different grades and levels in your organization for

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Introduction
This Icebreaker is an excuse to have a little violence and learn the names of others in the group. There’s no application to it, but it is fun none-the-less.

Game Description
Sitting in a circle, names are called and the person in the center of the circle tries to “whack” them with a rolled up newspaper before they can

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How can you “break the ice” with a youth who is a total stranger and guide the discussion from an awkward silence into a meaningful conversation?

Jesus often got people talking with his first question and then was able to guide the discussion so that it developed into a meaningful conversation about a life-changing topic!

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The term “icebreaker” comes from the phrase “to break the ice”, which in turn comes from special ships called “icebreakers” that are designed to break up ice in the arctic regions. For a ship to be considered an icebreaker, it needs to have the ability to propel itself onto the ice, break it, and successfully clear the frozen debris from

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Description
This game provides an opportunity to mix the group up and for them to share information about themselves in a non-threatening way while having fun. In this elimination game, people are grouped into groups of three and then one person in every group which meets a certain characteristic is asked to “Get Lost.” Everyone who had to leave must

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Description
Have you ever tried to change someone? To shape someone into your idea of a perfect husband, a perfect child, a perfect parent? Do our expectations of others in the group help them or hinder them?

Resources
Camera (Optional)

Preparation
Divide the group into pairs. One person is the “Sculptor” and one is the “Statue”

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Can you imitate the people in the photo and be the first to complete all the images?

Description
Participants will try to copy the poses of people as contained in photos.

Resources
You need a variety of magazines, shopping catalogs, newspaper clippings, photographs or other images that show groups of people in action. For some great photo opportunities have a

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In group activities, icebreakers are those fun, energizing activities, which allow the participants in the group to get to know each other. They can also be used to introduce a topic, to facilitate teamwork, to get people engaged in a program, to loosen them up to start sharing feelings and ideas, or simply just for fun!

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There are 32 professional football teams. Identify the 31 listed below and then name the 32nd.

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This icebreaker game is often called “spider web” because at the end of the icebreaker, a large web of interconnected strong or yarn will be created. You can use this icebreaker to discuss interdependence on one another, picking up the slack for another person, uplifting others, and teamwork.

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Youth introduce themselves to each other by creating acrostics of their own names.

Description
Youth use acrostics to introduce themselves. An acrostic is an arrangement of words in which certain letters in each line, when taken in order, spell out a word or motto

Resources
None

Preparation
None

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Can you perform all the action on the list before someone else? It’s wacky and silly fun for everyone. Have a digital camera ready for some really crazy snapshots!

Description
Participants compete to be the first to perform all the actions on the list

Resources
Worksheet and pen or pencil for each participant

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Game Description
This is a fun icebreaker activity for youth that do not know each other at all. Youth will try to reveal their name to a partner merely by drawing. No other communication is allowed.

Game Materials
Whiteboard, chalkboard, or simply paper

Game Preparation
None

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Description
Use famous friendships to match couples in this icebreaker/crowdbreaker

Below is a list of famous / semi-famous friendships. While this certainly is not a complete list, it is a start. These can be used in several ways:

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Personal Questions:
Q: How do you usually spend your allowance?
Q: For a person you deeply loved, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing that you would never see your family again?
Q: Would you rather be a member of a world championship sports team or be the champion of an individual sport?
Q: Would you

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Materials

  • Pieces of white paper. (Almost any white paper will work: butcher paper, Mah Jong paper, posterboard, white tissue paper, even newsprint classified ads).
  • Charcoal or a dark crayon
  • Bright light.

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will try to guess the identity of other youth by looking at their profiles.

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Materials
None

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will try to guess the key events in another person’s life.

Preparation
None

Icebreaker Activity

  1. Have youth pair up with someone they do not know very well.

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Materials
Index cards or pieces of paper and pens or pencils

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will try to separate the fact from the fiction as they share 3 true statements and one false statement about themselves.

Preparation
None

Icebreaker Activity

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Materials
Cloth measuring tape

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will make the biggest smile they can.

Preparation
None

Icebreaker Activity

  1. As everyone arrives, inform them you are having a “smiling contest”.
  2. Each person puts on the broadest grin he possibly can.

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Materials
None

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will refer to each other by famous personalities in their fictional family trees

Preparation
None

Icebreaker Activity

  1. Form pairs of group members not related to each other.

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Materials
None

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will communicate things about themselves using single words..

Preparation
Prepare a list of questions or topics for discussion. Some examples:

  • a favorite food
  • a favorite sports team
  • a favorite song
  • a dream
  • a goal

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Materials
Get enough chairs to have one for each participant then remove one chair.

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will learn the names of others in the group.

Preparation
Arrange the chairs in a circle.

Icebreaker Activity

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Materials
Get enough chairs to have one for each participant then remove one chair.

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will learn the names of others in the group.

Preparation
Arrange the chairs in a circle.

Icebreaker Activity

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Materials
None

Icebreaker Description
Youth will ask and answer questions in rhyme

Preparation
None

Icebreaker Activity

  1. Seat the youth in a circle.
  2. Ask someone to ask the person on his/her right a question. He might ask, for example, ‘What color is my shoe”

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Materials
None

Icebreaker Description
Youth will answer questions of scruples in this group icebreaker.

Preparation
Create a list of questions that test the integrity of a person but do not have easy black and white answers?

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None

Icebreaker Description
In the icebreaker, youth will mime particular instruments and learn a little about the musical tastes of others.

Preparation
No preparation is needed for this icebreaker. You may need to suggest some instruments for those that need help:

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Materials
Get enough chairs to have one for each participant then remove one chair.

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker, youth will discover some common characteristics of others in the group.

Preparation
Arrange the chairs in a circle.

Icebreaker Activity

  1. Sit the group in a circle.

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Materials
Optional: Chairs for each participant arranged in a circle. (Participants may also simply sit on the ground.)

Icebreaker Description
Participants try to discover the leader who is initiating actions for the group.

Preparation
No preparation is needed.

Icebreaker Activity

  1. Have the youth sit in a circle.

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None

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker, team members must run around a person who is playing dead on the floor then join them playing opossum.

Preparation
No preparation is needed, but a clean floor or carpet helps. This can also be played outside in a grassy field.

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Materials
Enough sturdy chairs for all participants to sit in a circle

Icebreaker Description
In this high energy icebreaker, youth learn a lot of fun facts about each other pertaining to the things that they have never done.

Preparation
Place enough chairs in a circle to have one chair for each person then remove one chair.

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Materials
Optional: Enough chairs for all participants to sit in a circle

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker, youth must avoid saying the number seven as part of any number or any multiple of the number 7

Preparation
Seat everyone in a circle- either on the ground or in chairs.

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gun_finger.jpgGroup Size:
 Groups of any size.

Time: 10 minutes

Applications: Learning Names

 

Materials
None

Objective
For the group to learn each others names. As people are eliminated they will have to learn the names of different persons on their left or right until only two participants remain for the final duel.

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None

Icebreaker Description
Youth will share a little about themselves as they choose a dream vacation that reflects their life goals.

Icebreaker Preparation
None

Icebreaker Activity

  • “You’ve just won a dream vacation for two. You can travel to any destination in the world and stay there for

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Materials
None

Icebreaker Description
Youth will learn a little about each other as they share experiences that have caused them to laugh.

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Materials
None

Icebreaker Description
Youth will describe various types of weather they have experienced as an icebreaker / crowdbreaker. This is a good crowdbreaker to use at events or meetings that have been forced inside by inclement weather

Preparation
None

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burger.jpgMaterials
Paper slips with various parts of a hamburger written on them.

Icebreaker Description
Youth will divide into groups of various sizes to introduce themselves to each other.

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nametag.jpgMaterials
One chair for each person in the group.

Icebreaker Description
Use this icebreaker to allow youth to quickly learn each others names.

Preparation
Arrange the chairs in a circle.

Icebreaker Activity

  1. Pick one person to be the leader-that person becomes “Bob.” Everyone else keeps their own name.

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None

Icebreaker Description
Youth will identify themselves with an animal the most reflects some aspect of their personality. It’s a great way for kids to get to know a little about each other. It also functions somewhat as a crowdbreaker by dividing them into groups, but you may need to do some adjustment as the groups are likely to

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Description
Everyone has stories, often fascinating ones, based around their names. Use this icebreaker to learn about the names of people in your group. This could also be used as a children’s sermon.

Activity
Divide participants into groups of 3-5 people and have each person take a turn telling the story of his/her name.

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easter_egg_candy.jpgMaterials
A list of characteristics related to the group and Easter

Game objective
Be the first to get someone to sign your list for each of the characteristics, or to have the most names before the time is up.

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Materials
None

Game Play
1. Each person in the group writes answers to four Easter questions. Three of the answers are to be true and one is to be a hoax. Questions should center around Easter.

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eastereggs.jpgGame Materials
Hollow Plastic Easter Eggs, paper, pencils.

Game Objective
Match the fun fact with the person

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eastereggs.jpgMaterials

  1. Enough Easter Eggs for all participants to have 1 egg
  2. Easter Basket or a bag

 

 

Game Objective
Use Easter Eggs to separate your group into teams.

Game Preparation

  1. Determine before your event how many teams you want to have and how many people you want

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Materials
List of actions, Chairs in a circle, one chair per person.

Game Play
1. Sit everyone in a chair and then give instructions for participants to follow. Instructions should be related to Easter.

2. If someone is in the chair you move to, just sit on his or her lap. You can stack people three or four high.

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Game Materials
Easter Cards

Game Objective
Youth match their pieces to the card design to find their groups in this Easter crowdbreaker.

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Bag of Jelly Beans

Game Objective
Use Jelly Beans to separate your group into teams.

Game Preparation

  1. Determine before your event how many teams you want to have and how many people you want on each team.
  2. Choose one color of Jelly Beans for each team and

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duck.jpgMaterials
A list of animals that are easily characterised by their sounds.

Crowdbreaker Description
Youth make the sounds of animals and follow the sounds to find the rest of their teammates

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Game Materials

Pieces of paper or notecards with emotions written on them.

Some suggested emotions are: 
anger, fear, happy, nervous, bored, bitter, overwhlemed, depressed, at peace, embarassed, loved, proud, detached, shocked, hate, and finally, love.

Game Objective
Display the given emotion until you find the other members of your group.

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Game Materials
Cut out hearts, pencils.

Game Objective
Match the fun fact with the youth

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valentine_candy_heart.jpgMaterials
Valentine candy conversation hearts (BE MINE, COOL KID, LOVER BOY, KISS ME, MY GAL, etc.)

Game Objective
Use valentine Candy Hearts to separate your group into teams.

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conversation_hearts.jpgGame Materials
1. Valentine candy conversation hearts (BE MINE, COOL KID, LOVER BOY, KISS ME, MY GAL, etc.) Buy enough candy hearts for all players to fill up all their bingo cards.

Game Preparation
Make up a variety of bingo cards–but instead of putting numbers in the squares, fill the squares with phrases from the valentine candy hearts.

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valentine.jpgGame Materials
Valentine Cards

Game Objective
Youth match their pieces to the card design to find their groups in this Valentine’s Day crowdbreaker.

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Materials
Paper and something to write with for each team.

Game Objective
In this icebreaker, teams race to create lists of things that all the team members have in common.

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watergun.jpgMaterials
1. One water gun. Vary the type of water gun depending on the occasion, whether it is indoor or outdoor, if people are in a mood to get wet or not.
2. Source of water for refills

Game Objective
Participants must name items that fit into a particular category without repeating or taking too long too long to think.

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paper.jpgMaterials
1. sticky tape
2. pieces of paper of different colors
Note: To make it easier, add small pieces of double sided tape to each piece of paper so that youth only need to peel off the covering strip to reveal the adhesive.

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Game Materials
None

Game Objective
Kids are to introduce themselves and tell the group who they would most like to be other than themselves. They may name fictional characters or actual people, either living or dead. For example, kids could name Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Meryl Streep, Michael Jordan, or Joan of Arc. Kids should not

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Game Materials
Print the list of items on a sheet of paper for each person.

Game Objective
Each person must perform the action in front of someone and then those who participated or observed must sign beside the item. Items can be arranged in a normal bingo grid or simply as a list for simplicity. Whoever gets all the items

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An acrostic is an arrangement of words in which certain letters in each line, when taken in order, spell out a word or motto. Ask group members to introduce themselves to each other by using words or phrases that describe them to create acrostics of their own names (or nicknames).

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Choose one of the following questions or statements, then have kids introduce themselves by stating their names and responses to the question or statement.

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cards2.jpgMaterials
Deck of normal playing cards. Additional decks can be added for larger groups.

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christmas_candy2.jpgMaterials
List of actions, Chairs in a circle, one chair per person.

Game Play
1. Sit everyone in a chair and then give instructions for participants to follow. Instructions should be related to Christmas.

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Materials
None

Game Play
Each person in the group writes answers to four Christmas questions. Three of the answers are to be true and one is to be a hoax. Questions should center around Christmas.

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christmasbow2.jpgMaterials
List of items for each person

Find someone to sign his or her name for each item on a list. You can ask a person only one question. If the answer is no, you must go to someone else before returning to this person with another question. If the answer is yes, have the person sign your list next

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Materials
A list of Christmas Carols written in groups of two or more on slips of paper.
(see Christmas Carol Pictionary for a list of some common Christmas Carols and songs.

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Materials
Christmas Cards (2 copies of each card)

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Materials
Several types of candy so that youth can be divided into equal teams according to the candy they recieve. If you want 5 teams then have 5 different times of candy.

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I love these creative puzzles. They are so much fun for youth and adults alike. They make wonderful icebreakers and fillers for youth meetings. Here is one example of hundreds of such puzzles which you can find on the site below.

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Can you guess the answer?

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question.jpgMaterials
Form two teams to play

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Description
This activity can be used as an icebreaker or discussion starter on living the Christian life.  In the Bible, Paul frequently illustrated the Christian lifestyle as being similar to running in a race.  It’s ties in nicely to an Olympics theme as well a general sports related theme.

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balloons.jpgMaterials
1 balloon for each expected participant.

Activity
Everyone must write one piece of information about themselves on a small strip of paper and place it in a balloon. They then blow up the balloon and throw the balloon in the center of the circle of participants. One by one, participants select a balloon, pop it, and try to guess

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Materials
One slip of paper for each child containing a name of a famous cartoon character, movie star or character from a movie, Bible character, or historical figure; adhesive tape

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