: This is a get-to-know-you ice breaker card game. It is a perfect meeting starter. It allows you to immediately get to know each other informally and learn about the person from his side, as he represents himself. This icebreaker also helps to remove the fear of something new. It's like someone who has never drawn before, and you give him a paper to draw. Rules
: Ask everyone to draw a self-portrait and write their names, briefly write something about themselves and some random fact. In general, let them mention what they want - it can be children's nicknames, and guilty pleasures, and the fact of having 10 cats - anything!
Next, you need to start changing cards - trade. People can "trade" as many times as they want, but they have to read every card they get before they change the card further.
After a few minutes, ask everyone to announce the name on the card they have in their hands. If the card is interesting, you can ask the cardholder some questions in more detail. 2. Common Things Purpose
: This is an ideal game for a team whose members do not know each other, and also for remote employees. Regardless of the answers, it will create a bond, trigger some discussion and laughter and get the group thinking creatively. This will create a dynamic atmosphere well suited to brainstorming. Rules
: It can be easily held before the meeting or just at the beginning of a day. Divide the team into small groups and ask them to make a list of 10 things they have in common. Define remote employees into a separate group and a separate common document to compile your list. Set aside some time for brainstorming, and poll each team on the results. It's your decision whether to set some limits on the subjects or not – it may be questions about previous areas of work, and about the same color socks. 3. Pros and cons Purpose
: participants learn to think together about difficult times and to understand that negative experiences are also experience that should be left in the past, while learning valuable lessons from it. Rules
: Players take turns sharing any unpleasant situations from their lives. This event may or may not be relevant to the job, but it must be real. Then the second player reproduces the event he heard, but in positive aspects. Next, the queue moves to the next participant until the circle is closed. 4. The emblem of the team Purpose
: strengthening relationships in the team, developing a creative approach to problem solving, revealing creative thinking and proving the importance of visualization in business
Rules: Create your team's coat of arms. To do this, first visualize the goals and define them in the center of the coat of arms. Then draw what you have achieved recently and what you are aiming for.
Let it be informal (although if it works well - why not), but it will be the embodiment of what your team has done with their own hands. 5. Latest News Purpose
: A universal game that will be useful both at corporate events to improve team work skills, and at conferences to better remember important or new information. Rules
: First divide into teams of 4-5 participants, whose goal will be to create the front page of a newspaper. The news may be dedicated to some recent event of the company, or it may be a report about the last meeting, where it is necessary to highlight the outcome of the meeting. Or maybe it's worth remembering what happened this month in the company's life?
The newly-made "editors" of the "newspaper" should come up with a name for the newspaper, the name of the articles that will be on the main page, and colorful pictures and photos. 6. Take a picture of your workspace Purpose
: bringing together remote employees, creating a feeling of being in the same room. Rules
: this game has several versions, but all of them are aimed at the same goal described above. Ask team members to take a picture of their desktop before the virtual meeting, and do the same.
At the meeting, tell us about your workplace, why you are there, describe the objects that surround you, tell any interesting story. Maybe today you are working from your veranda outside the city? Or from a cafe? Or maybe you decided to stay home? 7. Social Media Icebreaker Purpose
: This game will help to create transparency in the team (especially if it is a new team) and give introverts the chance to tell something about themselves. Rules
: Give your employees a few minutes to view posts on social networks. It could be a picture from Instagram, or a Facebook post, or a funny tweet. It is important to tell the story of why they chose this post, what that day or event meant for them, and to tell about how this photo was taken. 8. Truth and Lie Purpose
: This is an excellent icebreaker for meeting and establishing some contacts in new teams. This will help to avoid biased conclusions and form a true opinion of colleagues about each other. Rules
: Ask participants to split into pairs. Let everyone make a list of 4 facts about themselves, but one of them should not be true. The lie should be believable (for example, something like "I have flown on a dragon" won't work). Then you need to voice the truths and lie in random order, without mentioning which one is true and which is not. The other player will have to say which ones are true and which ones are false in his opinion. Then the first player should explain his fact. After that, it will be the second player's turn to voice his own facts. 9. Classify This Purpose
: This game by Cake
will help your team take a fresh look at things they see every day. And in the future - to think outside the box in solving the company's problems. Rules
: Gather 20-25 different and unrelated objects in your office and put them such that all the team members could see them. Collect everything: toys, hats, drag the remains of donuts from the kitchen, and so on. And don't forget to give everyone a piece of paper and a pen.
Next, instruct everyone to classify the items into categories (you can choose them yourself or you can give vent to the imagination to your employees). Let's take a fresh look at the objects, and then the tennis ball will be like a donut because they are both round, regardless of the purpose. 10. Blind drawing Purpose
: The game trains visual perception, teaches you to formulate thoughts precisely, and liberates you in in terms of visualization. Sometimes you just look at the white sheet and don't know where to start. So in this game you will know where to start, just do it. In addition, it is always fun to watch the expectation and reality :) Rules
: divide the participants into groups of two and put them back to each other. Give the first participant any image or picture. Give the second person a blank sheet of paper and a pen. The participant with the picture is to describe the image without using words that give it away, while the second participant is to draw what is being described. After 15 minutes, ask everyone to compare the drawings and the original pictures.
For some games, you can set the winners and some prizes, for example, your company's merch. This will only add excitement, but will not trigger any significant competition, unlike if the prize was to be, for example, a promotion at work or career advancement.
This is only a small part of the ice breaker games that can be effectively used for teambuilding. If you know and use any other games, please tell us more about them in the comments!