Icebreaker games for women help ease tension and generate conversation. They create a relaxed environment for women to mingle and get to know each other.
Our selection of icebreakers for women includes introductory games, and comical games that get all the women laughing at themselves and each other – especially effective for bonding. Some of our games build purpose and unity. Most of our icebreakers for women are simple and require little expense, equipment, or advance planning.
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Introductory Icebreaker Games for Women
Many times when groups of women get together, they may not know each other and, if they do, they do not know each other well. Activities are more meaningful when participants know each other well enough to work together comfortably. Additionally, the following introductory icebreakers for women are entertaining.
This introductory icebreaker gets everyone energized and is particularly good if you have a group, which, for any possible reason, is hesitant to work together. Tell everyone to move around the room and begin to greet one another according to the directions you provide. You can use the following suggestions or choose any greeting method you wish.
- Greet each other like you are long lost friends
- Pretend you are afraid
- Greet each other as if you have a secret
- Greet everyone as if you are extremely:
Break the ice with this entertaining introductory purse game. Divide the women into two teams. Give each group the following list of items that women may have in their purses:
- Ticket stub
- Store receipt
- A picture of a child, grandchild, or niece
- Pill bottle
- Child’s toy
- Hair clip
- A roll or piece of candy or a candy bar
- A comb
- A piece of gum
- Dental floss
- A gift card
You may wish to add other items to the list. Set a timer for three minutes and the team who finds the most items on their scavenger list wins the game. If your group is small, you can simply call out the items and the first woman who pulls the item out of her purse earns a point. The woman who earns the most points by having the most items in her purse wins the game.
Question Ball is an easy and fun introductory icebreaker game for women. You will need an inflatable beach ball. Write different questions on each area of the ball, using as many questions as you can fit. You can use the following questions or come up with some of your own:
- What was the best vacation you ever took?
- What was the name of your first pet?
- What kind of car do you drive?
- How many children do you have?
- What is the best job you ever had?
- What is your middle name?
- Where were you born?
Begin by tossing the ball to a random person in the group. The woman who catches it has to answer the question underneath her right palm. Once she answers, she passes the ball to someone else. Continue passing the ball around until each woman has a chance to answer at least one question.
Relay Icebreaker Games for Women
Relays are energetic games designed to break the ice and get participants ready for other activities. Relay icebreaker games also make excellent team games for a large group of woman.
Relay Icebreaker Ideas
Although relay games do not work with every group, as they are active icebreakers. If you decide to use one, try one of the following relays:
- Blow up a balloon.
- Bounce a ball so many times.
- Carry a balloon between the legs.
- Carry a book on top of the head.
- Carry an orange, lemon, or other round object under the chin.
- Drop clothespins into a bottle.
- Hula hoop or jump rope so many times in a row.
- Make an animal call or sound so many times in a row.
- Make so many baskets in a hoop or bucket.
- Place a hard-boiled egg on a spoon and carry it in the mouth.
- Pretend to be an animal (waddle like a duck, hop like a frog, etc.)
- Sing a silly song or say a nursery rhyme.
- Sit on a balloon and pop it.
- Toss rings onto pegs.
- Weave in and out of obstacle course of objects.
You can also combine two or more for a longer relay game.
Life Saver Relay
- Divide your group of women into two teams.
- Have the team members line up and give each woman a toothpick to hold between her teeth.
- Place a lifesaver on the toothpick of the first person on each side.
- Have the participants start when you say, “Go!” The lifesaver must be passed from woman to woman by lining up the toothpicks so that the lifesaver slides onto the next woman’s toothpick.
- Hands cannot be used.
- If the lifesaver falls to the floor, that team begins again with the first person.
- The first team to relay a lifesaver to the end of the line is the winner.
Icebreaker Games for Women with Purpose
This icebreaker for women is designed to establish trust within a work group. In order to keep the circle stable and complete, each person is responsible for supporting the whole.
- Have an even number of women form a circle with everyone facing the center, standing shoulder to shoulder and holding hands.
- Assign a person to start and say, “In!” The second person says, “Out!”
- The commands proceed around the circle with the women leaning in and out when commanded to do so.
- The goal is not to fall because you trust others not to let go.
Pass the Peas, Please!
The goal of this icebreaker game for women is to reveal their unique experiences and special talents to the rest of the group.
- Start by giving each woman 15 dried peas or beans. If you have a large group, divide the women into teams of five and have each team sit in a circle.
- Provide paper and a pen or pencil for each team.
- When each group is settled, have them select one person to keep track of how many turns each woman takes.
- Explain that the women are to take turns sharing unique experiences or abilities. When they do so, anyone in their circle who does not also have that talent or shared experience must give the sharer one bean.
- Have the women take turns until each has shared 10 activities or experiences. You may wish to provide examples of activities or talents such as, painting, writing songs, or traveling to Italy.
- Remind them that the activity or talent must be real. If you wish, you can have group members share some of their most unusual talents and activities.
If I Were Queen of the World . . .
This icebreaker for women gets a group ready to think in following planned activities. As each woman arrives, hand her a 3 x 5 card, telling her to write down five laws she would enact if she were made “Queen of the World” tomorrow. Tell each woman to remember that when she writes these laws, everyone will be required to obey them, including herself. Collect the cards and read them aloud. Since some of the “laws” may be controversial, you might want to keep the author’s names anonymous. Some interesting – and sometimes humorous – debates and discussion will ensue.
Fun Icebreakers for Women
Mad Libs are available on-line or you can use a children’s story, leave out the adjectives, and replace them with new words. When women arrive at a party, get-together, or devotional, give each a paper, and pen or pencil. Tell them to write down an adjective, collect the papers, fold them, and place them in a bowl, box, or basket. When you are ready for your icebreaker, have everyone sit in a circle and read the story, randomly picking papers from the bowl and using the adjectives in the story.
Give Yourself a Point
The hostess or leader of the group narrates a story while the ladies keep track of their points. Provide small scraps of paper and a pencil for participants to keep score.
I wonder which of you came from afar. Give yourself 5 if you came by car.
Were you on time? Not one minute late? Punctuality pays, so give yourself 8.
A watch is 6 and each ring is 2, 10 more points if your eyes are blue.
Score yourself 5 if you show any pink. Minus 10 if dishes were left in your sink.
Count all of your buttons – each gives you 1. Except if they’re white, and then you’ll get none.
For each bow that you have, add on 2. Safety pins are taboo – if you have one subtract 2.
If you’ve kissed your man today, add 10, but if you only hugged, even plenty, subtract 20.
Add 1 point for each year that you’ve been wed, but take away 5 if you have on red.
Pets are sweet, we all agree, so for each one you own, add 3.
When adding it up, kids count for more, so for each child you have, give yourself 4.
This game is done so total your score. If you brought a friend, than add 20 more!
This is a rather unusual game. It really does not have a name.
It’s simple to play as a game should be. You just do as you’re told, and you will see
So, please give me your total attention. We’ll put an end to this suspicion.
In the end, whichever woman scores the most, will receive a prize about which they can boast.
Now since you’re all fashionable girls, give yourself 5 if you have any pearls.
You may add 3 if your toes peek out. And, earrings will give you 2 more to shout.
Score yourself 5 if you show any red. Add 6 more for a curl on your head.
Now before you think you are going to win, take away 2 for each safety pin.
Give yourself 6 if your pants are tight. Add 1 for a scarf which is just about right.
Add 5 more if your shoes are black, and take away 3 for a zipper in back.
Now count all your buttons, for each you get 2, and take away 1 for each button that’s blue.
Give yourself 5 if your heels are high, and why not take 10 for the green in your eye.
10 more points for a rose on your clothes. Take away 5 if you forgot to wear hose.
If you kissed your husband today add 9. If you didn’t, subtract 12 – ‘cause you’re subject to a fine.
This is the end for there isn’t anymore. Let’s see which lucky lady has the highest score.
After you have chosen a story and finished reading it, have the ladies add (or subtract) their points. Give a prize to the woman with the highest score.
A simple, fun, and often silly icebreaker game, the key to this group, individual, or team game is improvisation. Start by explaining that the goal of the game is to say the first thing that comes to your mind, without editing or pausing to think when you hear a given word. If you are playing this game with the entire group, have the women sit in a circle and begin with any word. Play continues around the circle with each woman saying whatever word comes to her mind when it is her turn. If you choose to play with teams, eliminate anyone who pauses or cannot think of a word. The team loses whose members all are out first. If your group is very small, you can have one woman call out words to group members.
Make sure your chosen icebreaker works with your particular group of women. Some women groups enjoy active games, while others enjoy thinking or speculating icebreaker games. Some groups just enjoy a simple game of puzzle solving or making spontaneous responses. You can find the perfect icebreaker for your women’s group when you choose one of ours.
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
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