8 Interesting Icebreaker Games for Kids

8 Interesting Icebreaker Games for Kids

If you’ve ever been to summer camp as a child, you would know how awkward and even overwhelming it can be to socialise and get to know other kids. It’s a common experience for most kids to feel uncomfortable the first time they’re in a new group. Fortunately, kids are waiting to socialize, and all they need is an icebreaker.

Awesome Icebreaker Games and Activities That Children will Enjoy

Here are 8 amazing icebreaker activities for kids that are sure to get them comfortable with each other.

1. Hop to it

Hop to it is a fun ice breaker game that gets the kids moving. It is a good way to get them involved in the activity while helping you understand them better.

Things You Will Need 

  • Coloured construction paper
  • Crayons, markers, pens
  • Scotch tape
  • A list of question to get to know the kids such as
  • How old are you?
  • What is your favourite food?
  • What is your favourite activity?
  • What is your favourite colour?
  • What is your favourite animal?

How to Set Up and Play 

  • Draw the answers to all the get-to-know-you questions on the construction paper. Alternatively, you can print the answers if you have access to a printer.
  • Lay out the papers and tape them to the floor and have the kids line up.
  • When you ask a question, the kid in the front hops to the answer and has to explain why they chose that answer.
  • If the kids can read, then write the answers in words.

2. Getting to Know You

This is a simple but fun game for all the kids to get to know each other quickly.

Things You Will Need

  • A ball

How to Set Up and Play

  • The game set up is quite simple; first, you get all the children to stand in a circle.
  • The game begins when you throw the ball to a random kid and as a question about them, such as “what is your favourite colour?” The kid answers the question and randomly tosses the ball to another kid and asks a question such as “do you have a pet?”
  • The next kid who catches the ball answers that question and tosses it to another random kid with a question.
  • Have a list of questions prepared and read them out to the kids so they can have an idea about what to ask.

3. The Line-Up Game

This is one of the simplest ice breaker games for children to play at a party or a summer camp when your crowd is not homogenous in their age.

Things You Will Need 

  • Groups of children and adults of different ages

How to Set Up and Play

  • Group the participants into teams of 5 or 6 people and appoint one person as the caller.
  • Once everybody is ready, the caller will call out the instructions that their teams will follow.
  • The instructions would be a simple task such as “everyone line up according to your height in the increasing order from left to right.”
  • Other instructions can include telling the teams to line up according to age or a sequence of colours that match what they are wearing.
  • To make the game more fun, you could instruct the teams to communicate only using hand gestures and no words.

4. Book About Me

In this activity, the kids will create a storybook that talks about them. It’s a great craft and one that their parents would love to save.

Things You Will Need

  • Cardboard sheets
  • Pens, markers, crayons
  • Stickers
  • Stapler
  • A list of questions to get to know the kids:
  • All the people in your family
  • Who are your best friends?
  • Describe your school
  • What is your favourite game?
  • Which is your favourite place to visit?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

How to Set Up and Play

  • Give one sheet for each answer for every kid.
  • The kids then draw the answers to all the questions while they talk to you about what they are drawing.
  • Once they finish, staple the pages together to turn it into a storybook.
  • Each author shares his/her story out loud while they show everyone what they drew
  • You can make a storybook of your own and share your story as well

5. Show and Tell

Show and tell is an interesting activity to encourage children to get comfortable by allowing them to talk about their most prized possessions.

Things You Will Need

  • Ask the kids to bring their favourite item, maybe a book, favourite toy or something they take wherever they go
  • Bring one of your favourite things to share as well

How to Set Up and Play

  • Ask every kid to hold up their favourite thing and talk about why it’s their favourite.
  • You can ask them questions about why they take it with them where they go or how they got it or what they would like to do with it.
  • Depending on the age of the kids, the session could get long which is perfect for the activity

6. Beach Ball Bash

If you’re looking for outdoor fun icebreakers for kids, this activity is just perfect for a day at the park.

Things You Will Need

Some questions to get to know the kids

  • Where did you travel to this summer?
  • What are your favourite things about school?
  • Where do you like travelling?
  • Which is your favourite ice cream flavour?
  • Tell us about your best friend
  • Tell us something funny that happened recently
  • Who is your favourite superhero?
  • What is your teacher’s name?

How to Set Up and Play 

  • Before the activity starts, inflate the beach balls and write a question on each coloured section.
  • Pick one ball and take turns to pass the ball from one kid to another
  • When a kid catches the ball, the section with his right hand on is the question he needs to answer
  • Change the ball once all the question has been answered by all the kids on each ball
  • If the kids aren’t old enough to read, you can read it out loud for them or ask an older kid to read it for them

7. Make Up a Story

This one is an interesting and fun game which draws on the imagination of children and adds in plenty of laughter.

Things You Will Need

  • A group of children of any age.
  • The game can be played sitting in a circle or while travelling on a picnic bus or around a campfire

How to Set Up and Play

  • The game is quite simple and yet needs a lot of creativity to be played; therefore, someone has to start with a good first line such as “once upon a time”.
  • The next kid adds four more words to the story, such as “there was a frog”.
  • The kid after that continues adding four more words, and the game progresses
  • The rule of the game is to make sure not to repeat what another says and no using sentences such as “long, long, long, ago”.

8. Token for a Thought

This icebreaker activity gives a little incentive to the particularly shy kids who aren’t willing to participate in games.

Things You Will Need

  • 6 -8 tokens such as candy, cereal puffs or stickers for every kid.
  • A list of questions to get to know each kid
  • What is your favourite toy?
  • What is your favourite colour?
  • What your favourite teacher’s name
  • What is your best friend’s name?
  • Which is your favourite book?

How to Set Up and Play

  • Arrange all the tokens in boxes and ask questions to kids in an order
  • For each answer, they receive a token such as a sticker or a candy
  • Once the items have run out, they can ask questions to each other

These icebreaker games are suitable for kids of all ages, and they’re a perfect way to get everybody acquainted with everybody else. The nature of the games is fun to help kids want to participate without any pressure.

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