What Are Icebreaker Games?The name may say it all, but then again, perhaps not. Icebreakers (or ice breakers — both spellings are correct) are games that help 'break the ice' for a newly formed group of people. Essentially, they get people talking! For primary teachers, icebreakers are a great way to 'warm up' shy students and help new classmates get acquainted, learn what new friends like to be called, find common points of interest, and more.
What Is an Easy Icebreaker Activity to Start With?This collection is packed with printables and activities that will help you break the ice, so feel to skip ahead to explore them all, or take a peek at some fun ideas from our teacher team:
- Start off with a name game that will help you remember what each student is called and provides a chance to assess student behaviours in the classroom.
- Provide pre-printed 'all about my culture' chatterboxes to help students recognise and appreciate each other's differences and the special things they bring to your classroom community.
- Hand out our interview worksheets for students to conduct interviews of their new classmates.
- Allow students to ask YOU questions for 5 minutes, then ask them to tell you 2 things people would not know by looking at them. This can help you build those important teacher-student relationships.
- Play fun games of Would You Rather and Never Have I Ever.
- Break students into small groups with task cards that lead them through a variety of activities while building camaraderie!