Icebreaker games are a type of game that is typically played at the start of an event or meeting to help people in attendance get acquainted with one another. The name refers to breaking the ice—getting past initial difficulties and awkwardness when getting to know someone for the first time.
What are Icebreaker Games
Icebreakers can be used as part of an opening ceremony, before activities (e.g., team building), or after lectures/speeches where everyone has had their say but feels uncomfortable leaving without making light conversation around what they just shared. These social lubricants make it easier for people who are new acquaintances—or strangers–to talk comfortably about commonalities and general topics like sports, hobbies, children, work etc..
Why Are Icebreaker Games Important?
Icebreaker games are a fun way to get everyone in the room engaged and ready for game time. Icebreaker games are a fun way to get everyone in the room engaged. They help people relax and have positive interactions while getting to know each other better.
It is important to start your Zoom meeting with a few icebreaker games because it is a chance to get everyone laughing, give your team members some time to warm up and feel at ease.
How to do icebreaker games?
There are many icebreakers you can play on Zoom or any online video meeting software, but these 10 icebreakers questions will be sure to start your meeting off with a bang!
Icebreaker games don’t have to drag on, and they don’t have to be difficult to play. Here are 11 more icebreaker questions you can ask your team the next time you’re in a Zoom call:
- If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower?
- What are three of your favourite songs right now?
- Do you prefer dogs or cats?
- Would you rather live in the forest or on the beach?
- What is one thing that makes you happy every day when it happens to happen?
- What’s your favourite movie?
- What’s the last book you read?
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
- Name three things on your bucket list
- What are some of the craziest things that happened to you this week?
If you have a bit more time for ice breaker games, then you can also consider playing some of these icebreaker games that we found online:
A very quick and simple way for everyone to acknowledge each other at the start of a meeting or class session.
Classic “Sound Ball” game, except can be done on Zoom with one variation.
The goal is to get everyone standing and moving around to re-energize and re-engage.
This usually results in some delightful hilarity and is a great example of collaborative creativity.
Fun with Virtual Backgrounds
Have everyone set their Zoom “virtual background” to something fun, funny, or delightful, such as:
This is a classic improv game that survives the transition to Zoom very well.
Icebreaker games are important to have especially since you’re meeting online and do not have any physical contact. When you include icebreaker games in your online meetings, it helps to break the ice and get people involved.
We hope these suggestions will be beneficial as you plan future online meetings! If you need more ideas for ice breaker games, visit our main virtual event website at www.getout.events and take a look at what services we have to offer!
Whether you’re looking to organise a virtual event, hybrid event, or physical event, our team at Get Out!® is ready to extend a helping hand. Go to our website at www.getout.events to find out more about how we can help you with your virtual events.