Icebreakers are a great way to overcome the awkward moment often present when kids and adults alike are placed into unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable situations. They are non-threatening. Non- offensive and carefully bring people out of their comfort zone.
The level of anxiety the first day of camp or attending your first club meeting can be overwhelming. Even business meetings and conventions can be stressful. Remember your first day of school when you didn't know your classmates?
I bet your teacher did an activity with you to break the ice.
They give everyone an opportunity to be involved and be heard. They include everyone and exclude no one. They help individuals open up and are great for camps, clubs, classrooms and business settings. Most importantly they are fun.
Icebreakers are effective tools used to bring people together. Sometimes people jump right in and make a go it. Other times they all stay back in the shadows and resist. The key to success is to break in the resistant crowd slowly. Planning a high energy activity with essentially a group of strangers may not go over so well. This is one of those times where slow and steady will win the race.
Here are some tips to help you prepare.
Many Icebreakers use team building activities to develop teamwork, cooperation and fair competition.
These activities require participants to strategize, problem solve and test their memory.
Got a larger group? These activities work well with groups of 15 or more.
Don't let a rainy day get you down. Here are some activities that can be easily done indoors.