Icebreaker exercises in small group settings can really make or break the discussion and participation. The start of a new year can also mean the start of many new groups or adding members to existing small groups. Having the right icebreakers for these beginning meetings can set the tone and determine who stays in the group or leaves for another group.
Here are the top three icebreakers for small groups to use in the new year:
1. Top 10 Lists:
The group leader finds a top 10 list online (such as the top 10 grossing movies of the year, the top 10 wealthiest male actors, the top 10 largest companies in the world, etc.).
Everyone in the class numbers off and gathers in their groups. The leader will announce the top 10 topic and puts 3 minutes on the clock. Each group will designate one person to write their 10 guesses and circle their number one choice.
As time is called, the group leader will read off the list and the groups will tally up their points. They are given one point per every right answer and a bonus two points if they can guess the number one spot.
2. Desert Island List:
Everybody has probably played this game at some point in their group life, but it’s a classic and gives everyone in the group a sense of who you are. In case you haven’t played this one before, here’s how it goes.
The group leader starts by posing the situation and question: You have just found out that you are going to be exiled on a desert island for an entire year. In addition to packing your essentials, you can bring one CD/album, one book (besides the Bible), and your favorite food. What will you bring?
After the leader reads the situation and question, every group member will have to answer the question and see how creative they can get!
Outburst is similar to the top 10 list, but it becomes more of a game of speed and creativity.
In Outburst, the group leader will find another top 10 list, but the group must now write down as many guesses as possible in the allotted time. These top 10 lists will be more topical, such as the top 10 things you find at a carnival, the top 10 things you find at a kid’s birthday party, or top 10 things you find at a small group Bible study.
Groups can choose to keep track of points from meeting to meeting or just play for the fun of it.
What icebreakers has your small group used before? Comment below with even more ideas!