Category | Icebreakers

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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
  • Timer or stopwatch

Game Preparation

  1. Cut several pieces of paper into small pieces, large enough to have a name written upon them. You want to have enough slips of paper for each youth to have 10 pieces.
  2. Each youth writes down the names of 10 people on the 10 pieces of paper. These names must be famous personalities (real or fictional) as well as names of those in the youth group, their parents and other significant adults everyone knows.
  3. Collect all the names into a container for each team and then distribute each container to a different team of youth than the one that wrote the names it contains.


Game Play
This icebreaker game for youth is play in rounds.

Round One

  1. must describe that person to the other members of his/her team.
  2. Every time a name is guessed correctly, another name is retrieved from the container.
  3. Each team has one minute to guess as many names as possible.
  4. If the youth get stuck on a name, they can set the name aside and draw a new name.
  5. When the time runs out, add up the total number of names guessed and subtract those passed and set aside to calculate a score for each team.


Round Two

  1. Put all the names back into the container.
  2. This round is similar to Round One but a youth can only use one word to describe the person to his/her group. Some of the names will have already been guessed so it is easier then it seems.
  3. Once again, calculate the score for each team


Round Three

  1. This round of the game is played similar to the first two rounds, but this time, the youth must ACT out the name written on the paper without making any sounds.


Add up the scores from all three rounds to determine an overall winner.



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