Icebreakers or warm ups are recommended to help participants feel comfortable and relax into the group experience. Which activity you chose will depend on your preference as well as what is appropriate for your group. Be prepared and rehearse your activity several times before you run your lesson. During longer classes, consider running several warm up activities to manage fatigue and maintain focus and interest. Below we share some of our favourite icebreakers. Please share your experiences with us by adding additional activities in the comments section below Tell Me a Story!
Using the ’Tell Me a Story Cards’, have participants pull out a card at random and tell the group a one minute story about the card they have just picked.
A \’Categories\’ game can be played in which participants are asked to stand up and start walking around. Call out different categories and participants must organise themselves into these categories. e.g. number of siblings, favourite food, handedness, birth order. \’Two Truths and a Lie\’ is a fun game in which participants are asked to write two things about themselves that are true and one thing that is not true. The participants stand up and read the three statements and the group votes on which statement is not true. It helps if all of the statements are out of the ordinary so it becomes a challenging task!