Camping trips, sleepovers, and family reunions all provide perfect venues for playing night games. Mid-summer days are too hot for the kids to play outside and get needed exercises. When it gets dark, the air cools down and fun games to play at night are a perfect solution. Choose from either inside or outside night games.
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Who Am I? is a guessing game where players use yes or no questions to guess the identity of a famous person. Questions are based upon the traits and characteristics of a person everyone will be able to identify. This game works well with any size group, however the larger the group, the more fun the game becomes.
Two Truths and a Lie is a great game that works with any age or group size. However, it works best with six to ten people. It can be played indoors or outdoors. Two truths and a lie game is frequently used as a get-to-know-you game or a party icebreaker. Since it needs no special planning or equipment, it works well when you need a quick or unplanned activity. No special equipment is required, although if you are keeping score, you may want a pencil and paper.
The Human Knot game is a get-to-know-you icebreaker involving physical closeness.
No equipment is needed for this game. The approximate playing time is 15 to 20 minutes. However, the length is somewhat dependent upon the number of players. Players stand in a circle and reach out to shake hands with other players, with each hand connecting to a different person, creating a “human knot.” Then the players attempt to unthread their bodies without letting go of each other’s hands.
Some benefits of playing Human Knot game are:
- Builds teamwork by helping a group learn how to work together
- Focuses communication skills
- Develops leaders
- Teaches problem solving
- Builds trust
- Encourages persistence
Whenever you have a group of people together, they need to get to know each other before participating in the event, activity, or project you have planned. This does not only mean just learning each other’s names, but also involves getting the leader familiar with the group members. Additionally, the group needs to become comfortable working together. Our group of fun get to know you games provides activities to meet all three of these requirements. We have divided our list by ages to make it easy for you to find the perfect activity for any occasion.
One might wonder what sets an icebreaker game apart from other types of icebreakers. Icebreaker games are longer and a bit more complicated than other icebreaker exercises. Many of them need some advance preparation. Some of the best icebreaker games work for any size group and any age and have modifications and variations to help them work for any occasion.
Additionally, an icebreaker game can be “played” just as any other type of game can be. Our group of icebreaker games includes some for teams as well as whole group games. Getting-To-Know-You icebreaker games take a while and are excellent at the beginning of an extended group activity such as a conference, class, or camp where you want members to get to know each other thoroughly. We have icebreaker games that challenge thinking, require creativity, and some that simply provide many laughs. You are sure to find the perfect icebreaker game among the following.
Using icebreakers for teenagers successfully can be challenging. You need to know your group of teenagers and the type of activity they prefer. To do so, follow these suggestions:
- Remember: Teens like active games and those they do not consider “childish.”
- When you decide which icebreaker activities to use, choose one based upon age, the groups familiarity with one another, and the purpose of the group gathering.
- Be flexible. Change the rules to suit the group and be ready to stop a game and start another if teens are not participating with enthusiasm.
- Build intensity. Start with simpler icebreaker games and increase difficulty gradually.
- Generate enthusiasm. Play an active role in the icebreaker activity.
- Use silly and fun props and equipment. Masks, stuffed animals, and brightly colored rubber balls and balloons add to the fun of an icebreaker game.
The Never Have I Ever game is a relatively simple game great for large groups that can provide hours of entertainment. Frequently used as a party icebreaker, this highly verbal game helps people get to know each other and also have fun.
The spoons card game adds an interesting element to a regular card game. Players attempt to get four of a kind and grab a spoon before the other players to avoid elimination. Easy enough for any age, the many variations keep this game entertaining.
An icebreaker activity differs from other icebreakers in that it is active or requires an expenditure of energy. Many of our ice breaker activities frequently last longer than other icebreakers and many require some advance preparation. They are designed to energize a group and prepare them for other activities or to revive a group that has slowed down or become bored.
All of our games will work with any age group. We have divided our games into those using balls, those that require props and/or advance preparation, inside sitting games, and quick and easy icebreaker games to make it easy for you to choose the perfect icebreaker activity.