Meeting and getting to know other teens can be difficult. You're shy, you don't know where to begin or you're afraid to approach new people -- whatever the case, it's hard to form new relationships, whether friendships or romances. Icebreaker games take the difficulty out of forming relationships by making a game out of it. You learn something about the other person while having fun.
Who Is It?
Each teen writes his name on top of an index card and then four things about himself that no one else knows. A leader, such as an adult or teen who is not participating in the game, collects the cards. The teens who are playing make a numbered list on a piece of paper, enough numbers for each person playing. The leader reads off each index card, but doesn't say whose name is at the top. The teens playing guess which person each card is about. Once all the cards have been read, the correct answers are read aloud and the teen who got the most correct is the winner.
Three In Common
Teens divide up into groups of three. For 5 to 10 minutes, each group talks amongst themselves, finding three uncommon things they have in common. Gender, skin color, age or hair don't count, because they're obvious or common. Instead, things that do count include: everyone in the group plays baseball, has a coin collection, is left-handed, plays the piano or went to Disney World last year. After the time is up, each group shares its three things with the other groups.
Truth or Lie
On an index card, each teen writes her name and three facts about herself that are true and one that is a lie, but mixing up the order, so it's not clear which is a lie. A leader then reads each card and who wrote it, and every other player writes down which fact they think is made up. Once all the cards have been read, each person reveals which fact was a lie. The person who gets the most correct wins.
My Other Half
Write a list of famous couples, either real or fake. Examples include: Adam and Eve, Bonnie and Clyde, Fred and Wilma Flintstone and Romeo and Juliet. Write one of the names on an index card and then the other name on a different index card. Repeat this for as many couples as there are people. If you have 26 teens playing, do this for 13 couples. Each teen then grabs a card and looks at her identity for the game, but keeps it a secret. Teens go around the room, asking each person "yes" or "no" questions, as the try to find their other half. The first couple to find each other wins.
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