Team Building Ice Breakers for Small Groups

Team Building Ice Breakers for Small Groups

The following are some fun ideas for ice breakers suitable for smaller groups.

Ping Pong Blows
Divide your team into groups of not more than ten members. For this ice breaker, you will need to make two parallel lines on the floor, spacing them 15cm apart. The participants are then told to lie down on their stomachs behind the line facing each other. Throw a ping pong ball in between the two teams which they have to blow over the opposition’s line for a point. No part of the body is allowed to cross the line. First team to reach a predetermined number of points wins the game.

Crossed or Uncrossed
Sit your team in a circle. Hand an empty shoebox to someone in the team and ask him/her to write an X anywhere on the box. Explain to the team that there are two ways to receive the box and two ways to pass the box. The two ways are either straight or crossed. The facilitator starts the game by saying he has the box straight or crossed, and then passes the box either straight or crossed. The team will be focused on the x, trying to determine how they receive and pass the box. In reality, the x has nothing to do with the game. Having the box straight or crossed has to do with whether your legs are crossed or not crossed (straight). If someone passes the box to me and my legs are crossed then I will say “I have it crossed”. If I leave my legs crossed when I pass the box, I would say “I am passing it crossed”. If my legs are uncrossed I would say “I am passing it straight”. The game is completed when everyone figures out how it works.

Banana Creation
Divide the team into groups of 4-5 each. For each group, you will need a banana and odds and ends such as cocktail sticks, bits of material, beans etc. The point of the game is for each team to create a man or woman using the banana and the other items that was given to them. The banana must have a personality and a style. At the end of the allotted time, one member of the team must present their “person” and tell everyone about him/her such as their name, personality, likes, dislikes etc.

What’s That Song
For this ice breaker, you will need a 1.5L bottle of drinkable water and a cup for each team member. The facilitator will then ask a team member to hold some water in his/her mouth. The team member will then be shown a song title which he/she will have to gaggle. The rest of the team must then guess the name of the song. The team that guesses the most songs correctly wins.

The Skittle Game
For this ice breaker, you will need a bag of skittles or something similar. The facilitator passes out five skittles to each team member. The team members are then told to mingle and talk freely amongst each other with the purpose of winning skittles. To win a skittle they have to get another team member to say yes, no or shake or nod their head. If someone is caught doing that, they have to hand over one of their skittles to the person talking to them. At the end of the game, the person with the most skittles is the winner.

Word Game
For this game, the facilitator needs to prepare a list of alphabetical letters beforehand. The letters need to be commonly used letters that lend themselves to make words or names. The team is then divided into two groups, and each group is given a pen and paper. A letter is then allocated to each group. Within a certain time limit, the groups have to write down as many names as possible starting with that letter. The group with the most names wins.

The Pointless Quiz
Make up a list of ten random questions. Before you begin with this ice breaker, you need to select three team members that will be in on the joke. The rest of the team should not know that these three team members are working with you. Ask each team member the same question until you have gone around the circle. Whatever the answer, if a team member answers immediately, you have to say: “that is very bad”. If they ask a while later, you have to say: “that is good”. If they take a long time to answer, you have to say: “that is excellent”. The idea is to get the team members to realize what is going on. If they do not get it after a while, you can tell them what you have been doing with their answers.


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