12 FUN "Getting To Know You" Icebreakers for Kids (2023)

Hands up if you’re searching for some fun, new ‘getting to know you’ classroom activities or icebreakers for kids? Those first weeks spent with a new group of students are so important in setting up your expectations for the year. And, this doesn’t just mean your behaviour expectations, even though they are crucial! It’s a time when your kids will begin to understandthe value of knowing a little bit about each and every other student in their class.

Icebreaker gamesare also a great way for you to begin learning about the different personalities in your new class. They will help you to see which kids are leaders and which may prefer to sit back. You can also plan fun activities that help you to informally assess how each of your new students is faring in terms of specific knowledge or skill development.

12 Fun Icebreakers Games and Activities for Kids

Here are some fantastic icebreakers for kids and ‘getting to know you’ activities for the classroom. Some of which are included in our “Icebreaker Game Cards”.

Two Truths and a Lie

This game is a classic (and fairly addictive) icebreaker for kids that can be played as a whole class or in small groups.

  1. Each person in the class comes up with three statements about themselves. Two true statements and one false. Some students may find it easiest to write these down.
  2. In turn, each student presents their statements for the rest of the class to determine which statement they think is false.

Some different ways to play this game are:

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  • to have the entire class vote on which statement they think is false
  • have each student write down which statement they think is false and see who gets the most correct.

Beach Ball Icebreaker Game

The Beach Ball Icebreaker game is another classic and FUN way for you to get to know your students, and for your students to get to know each other!

  • Use a permanent marker to write a question on each panel of a blow-up beach ball.
  • Standing or sitting in a circle, students throw or roll the ball to someone else in the circle.
  • When students receive the ball, they answer the question that is facing them. Then they pass or roll the ball to someone else.

This game can be so easily tailored to suit the context of your classroom, or the time of year. You could prepare a variety of beach balls to bring out for brain breaks too!

For example, with a new class, you may write some more basic getting to know you questions such as“What is your favourite thing to do on the weekend?”. Returning from holidays with a class you already know you may write different questions like “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?”.

Human Bingo

Another fun ‘get to know you’ game is human bingo! We have two different human bingo, or getting to know you bingo game cards for you to choose from:

  • Human Bingo
  • New Classmate Bingo

Students each receive a copy of the human bingo playing card and move around the room to find a person who can answer “Yes!” to the statements on the grid. When they find someone who says “Yes!” they write that person’s name in the box. The first person to complete the grid and sit down is the winner.

All About Me Cube Games

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This is a super fun, hands-on activity that can be used in different ways. Simply download and print the All About Me Cube Template and photocopy enough for every student in your class (and a few spares to go intoany ‘new student packs’ you may have prepared for kids to join your class later in the year!). You may like to enlarge these to A3 size for extra creative space and to make a fun display.

Here are a few different ways you could use the cubes to turn this craft activity into a group-sharing, icebreaker activity.

#1 Cube Clumps

  • The teacher calls out one of the topics on the cube (e.g. birthday months, hair colour, special places, favourite hobby).
  • Students find all of the other people in the class who share that same month, characteristic or interest and stand in a ‘clump’.
  • For topics that leave students standing alone (i.e. they are the only person in their class with that birthday month, characteristic or interest) use this as a way to highlight the amazing diversity and individuality in your class!

#2 Cube Mix

  • Students complete all sides of the cube except for the name and self-portrait sides.
  • Collect the cubes and mix up in a bag or box.
  • Hand a cube out to each student making sure they don’t get their own cube.
  • Students look at the cube they received and see if they can figure out who it belongs to.

#3 Cube Stack

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In groups, students use the complete cubes to create 3D sculptures or displays in your classroom by stacking cubes with the same face out.

  • The name and birthday side can be used to create a birthday display by stacking all of thecubes from each month together.
  • Stack the cubes with the portrait side facing out to make a 3D sculpture.
  • Use the “special people” or “special places” sides to create a display, or even to use as writing prompts throughout the year.

STEM Activities

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities make fantastic icebreakers. It can also take some of the pressure off shy students who may feel uncomfortable with activities that focus on aspects of themselves and their own lives. STEM tasks help you to assess where your new students are at in terms of general knowledge and higher order thinking skill development. Additionally, you will be able to see how students work in groups which will help with classroom and behaviour management planning.

Here are some great open-ended STEM tasks that your students can work on in small groups.

Lower Years STEM Task Cards

This set of STEM task cards for lower years students contains 22 different challenges that students can complete with commonly found and easily sourced materials. From creating the tallest button tower, to racing cars without using their hands, these activities are a super fun way to get kids engaging with their new peers.

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Upper Years STEM

You can download this “Build a Raft” upper years STEM challenge! Or you may like to check out our STEM Challenge Task Cards for Uppers Years too.

Name Chase

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This variation of ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ is a great one to help new students remember each other’s names.

  • Students sit in a circle with one person, “it”, standing on the outside.
  • The person who is “it” walks around the circle, gently tapping each person on the head, saying that person’s name as they do (instead of saying “duck”).
  • If the person who is “it” taps someone and says the class name instead (e.g. “2D” instead of saying “goose”), the tapped person has to stand up and chase “it” around the circle trying to tag them before “it” takes their spot.

My Memory Matching Game

Another twist on a familiar classic, this is a great game for older students. In this game, students create their own cards to play a game of memory with a partner.

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  • Provide students with an even number of blank cardboard squares or rectangles at are all the same colour and size. They will create two memory cards for every fact about themselves. I.e. To create 3 facts every student needs 6 cards. To create 5 facts, each student needs 10 cards.
  • On each pair of cards, students write or draw a fact about themselves. You may like to provide students with a list of prompts to help.
  • When they have finished creating their My Memory cards, students shuffle their cards with a partner and play a game of memory.
  • Students can rotate to play with other new partners too.

Wipe That Smile Off Your Face

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The title of this blog post said these games were fun, right? Well, this one is FUN!

  • Students sit in a circle and the teacher chooses one person to start the game.
  • That person smiles their widest, biggest, cheesiest smile at everyone else in the circle, trying to make them laugh. However, they must be silent, and cannot pull faces or be silly, all they can do is smile.
  • For every person in the group who laughs at their smile, they receive one point.
  • After they have smiled at everyone in the group, they ‘wipe’ the smile off their face with their hand and ‘pass’ the smile to the next person in the circle.

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Are there more icebreakers for kids, or ‘getting to know’ you games, that you love playing with your class? Share them in the comments below!

FAQs

How do you play 10 things in common icebreaker? ›

10 things in common

Split everyone into pairs and hand each pair a piece of paper. Each pair is responsible for finding 10 things they have in common with one another. Remember to tell everyone easy cop-outs aren't allowed, like "we both have hands".

What is a good ice breaker for students? ›

Two truths and a Lie.

An icebreaker classic, Two Truths and a Lie is a fun way to help students get to know each other. Each participant tells the group three “facts” about themselves. However, one of these “facts” will not be true. Fellow participants will then have to guess which of these “facts” is a lie.

What is a fun quick ice breaker? ›

Fun Questions

Asking fun questions is an easy and effective ice breaker game. To play, simply go around the room and have each person provide an answer to a fun question.

What are some good 21 questions? ›

21 Questions List
  • What's the weirdest dream you've ever had?
  • If you could travel to any year in a time machine, what year would you choose and why?
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  • What's one of the most fun childhood memories you have?
5 May 2021

What would do fun questions? ›

“What Would You Do?” Questions
  • What would you do if you had only 24 hours to live?
  • What would you do if you found out you could stop time?
  • What would you do if you were rich?
  • What would you do if you were the ruler of a country for a day?
  • What would you do if you were swimming and lost your bathing suit?
15 May 2021

What is the one word icebreaker? ›

One-Word Icebreaker Steps

People generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best, when your goal is normally team-building across a group. Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to think for a minute and then to share with their group the one word that describes X.

What are some class icebreakers? ›

More Good Icebreaker Questions (Get-to-know-you, Teambuilding) – Additional good icebreaker questions to use when you want people to share about themselves. Name Aerobics (Get-to-know-you, Talking, Active) Never Have I Ever (Get-to-know-you) – A game that lets people get a sense of each others' experiences!

What are good high school icebreaker questions? ›

Ice breaker questions for high school students
  • What's your catchphrase?
  • If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
  • What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
  • What's one song that you'll always remember the words to?
  • Do you know any other languages?
  • Do you do any volunteer work?

What are good questions to ask a 7 year old? ›

9 Cool Questions to Ask Your Kid
  • What do you know how to do that you can teach to others?
  • If you could be a sound, what would it be?
  • What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
  • What do you think your life will be like in the future?
  • What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you?
2 May 2022

What are good questions to ask a 5 year old? ›

Questions to Ask Kindergarteners
  • Do you ever think about renaming the colors of your crayons?
  • What movie, TV, or book character makes you laugh the most?
  • If you opened a store, what would you sell?
  • What's your superhero name, and what powers do you have?
  • If you could grow anything in the yard, what would it be?
13 Jul 2022

How do I talk to my 8 year old? ›

Communicating With Your Child

Make time to hear about the day's activities; be sure your child knows you're actively interested and listening carefully. Remember to talk with your kids, not at them. Ask questions that go beyond "yes" or "no" answers to prompt more developed conversation.

What are 5 random questions? ›

And now...for the most random questions ever!
  • If You Had Three Wishes, What Would You Wish For?
  • What Would You Rather Throw Away: Love Or Money?
  • What's The Most Beautiful Place You've Ever Seen?
  • What Was Your Fondest Memory Of High School?
  • What's Your Favorite TV Show?
  • What's The Strangest Thing In Your Refrigerator?
31 Jul 2020

How are you answer in creative way? ›

Here are some example responses:
  • I'm fine, thanks. How about you?
  • Good, thanks. And you?
  • I'm good. And yourself?
  • Not bad. How are you?
  • Fine, and you?
  • I'm doing well, and you?
  • Good, how about you?

What is a good ice breaker to start a meeting? ›

35 Fun Meeting Icebreakers to Warm Up Any Meeting
  • The Candy Game.
  • The Marshmallow Game.
  • A Scavenger Hunt.
  • Two Truths and One Lie.
  • Paper Airplane Game.
  • Year of the Coin.
  • One Common Thing.
  • Speed Networking.

What is the 10 question game? ›

A student draws a card out and keeps it hidden from the class. The class then takes turns at asking yes/no questions to discover the type of litter on the card. For example, “Is it made from paper?”, “Do you drink out of it?”, etc. If the answer is “yes” then the student who asked the question has another turn.

What is the 20 questions game Texting? ›

1. 20 Questions. To play the 20 questions texting game, one player must pick something from their imagination; it could be an object, place, or even an obscure celebrity. Then your friend will try to guess the object you chose in 20 "Yes or No" Questions or less.

How do you play 21 questions with kids? ›

21 Questions Fun List of Questions
  1. If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or visit the future?
  2. What TV or movie is most like in your real life?
  3. Would you rather have a home on the beach or in the mountains?
  4. What should they teach in school, but don't?
  5. What was your favorite game as a child?
24 Jun 2022

What are playful questions? ›

30 Playful Questions To Ask Your Crush To Keep The Convo Going
  • What's your grossest hidden talent?
  • What's your most embarrassing childhood memory?
  • What's the worst haircut you've ever gotten?
  • What's the strangest nickname you've ever been given and how did you earn it?
24 Mar 2021

What is a curious question? ›

With curious *open questions, the person asking the question doesn't have an answer and doesn't intend to judge or blame. The intention is to learn more and understand. Curious open questions promote inductive reasoning, which leads to an expansion of the conversation, where anything goes.

What am I who am I game? ›

The “Who Am I” game is a fun party game where players try to guess what famous person they've been assigned by asking yes or no questions. To play, gather a group of friends and decide on a category or theme. For example, you could do historical figures, celebrities, or movie characters.

What are some good zoom icebreakers? ›

  • Would You Rather. If you want something faster than open questions, try giving everyone an option to choose (Ice Cream or cake? ...
  • 2 Truths and a Lie. ...
  • Guessing Game. ...
  • Share a Picture. ...
  • Virtual Background Fun. ...
  • Share an Object. ...
  • Meet the Pets (or Kids, or Partners). ...
  • Virtual Tour.
22 Aug 2022

What games can you play to get to know someone? ›

Ice Breaker Games to Get to Know Each Other
  • Just One Lie.
  • Diversity Bingo.
  • Group Map.
  • Two truths and One Lie.
  • Unique and Shared.
  • Passions Tic Tac Toe.
  • Jenga Questions.
  • Quotes.
10 Jun 2022

How do you break the ice with a crowd? ›

15 Best ice-breaker games for large groups
  1. Two Truths, One Lie. Two Truths, One Lie is a great activity for small group settings. ...
  2. My Superpower. ...
  3. My Dream Celebrity Dinner Guest(s) ...
  4. Which Statement Resonates Most With Me? ...
  5. Competition Charades. ...
  6. Blind Retriever. ...
  7. 3-Question Mingle. ...
  8. Stop-Walk.
8 Feb 2022

How do you play human Rock Paper Scissors? ›

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How do you play three things in common? ›

How to Play. Have the group get into pairs. Ask them to find 3 things they have in common with the other person. After a few minutes ask them to form a big circle and ask if anyone would like to share the discoveries they found.

What are some fun questions to ask students? ›

Interests and Hobbies
  • What are your favorite hobbies?
  • In your free time, what do you like to do?
  • Have you volunteered in your community?
  • What was the hardest part of the past week for you?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • What is your favorite TV show?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite color?

What would do fun questions? ›

“What Would You Do?” Questions
  • What would you do if you had only 24 hours to live?
  • What would you do if you found out you could stop time?
  • What would you do if you were rich?
  • What would you do if you were the ruler of a country for a day?
  • What would you do if you were swimming and lost your bathing suit?
15 May 2021

What are some good 20 questions for kids? ›

20 Questions to Ask your Children
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • What is your favorite place in the world?
  • What makes you happy?
  • If you opened a store, what would you sell?
  • If you could be any animal, what kind would you be?
  • What would you do if you made the rules at home?

What are good questions to ask a 5 year old? ›

Questions to Ask Kindergarteners
  • Do you ever think about renaming the colors of your crayons?
  • What movie, TV, or book character makes you laugh the most?
  • If you opened a store, what would you sell?
  • What's your superhero name, and what powers do you have?
  • If you could grow anything in the yard, what would it be?
13 Jul 2022

Do you think questions for students? ›

Thought-Provoking Questions
  • What are you doing to make the world a better place?
  • What three things do you think you could improve about yourself?
  • What do you think the purpose of life is?
  • Do you believe in a creator or gods? ...
  • What do you think happens to you after death?
  • What three new skills did you learn this year?
29 Apr 2021

How do you play 20 questions with kids? ›

In this game, one person thinks of something and then other players ask up to 20 yes/no questions to help them figure out what thing the other person is thinking of. The 20 questions game doesn't require any materials or preparation, which makes it a great activity to play in class.

How do I talk to my 8 year old? ›

Communicating With Your Child

Make time to hear about the day's activities; be sure your child knows you're actively interested and listening carefully. Remember to talk with your kids, not at them. Ask questions that go beyond "yes" or "no" answers to prompt more developed conversation.

What are playful questions? ›

30 Playful Questions To Ask Your Crush To Keep The Convo Going
  • What's your grossest hidden talent?
  • What's your most embarrassing childhood memory?
  • What's the worst haircut you've ever gotten?
  • What's the strangest nickname you've ever been given and how did you earn it?
24 Mar 2021

What is a curious question? ›

With curious *open questions, the person asking the question doesn't have an answer and doesn't intend to judge or blame. The intention is to learn more and understand. Curious open questions promote inductive reasoning, which leads to an expansion of the conversation, where anything goes.

What is a random question? ›

Random questions are prompts you can use to spark interesting conversations with someone. For example, “What country would you most like to visit?” or “What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?” The purpose of these phrases is to help friends and strangers start talking and getting to know each other better.

What should I ask a 10 year old girl? ›

Prompt conversation and encourage curiosity by asking your child challenging questions, such as:
  • What do you know how to do that you can teach to others?
  • If you could be a sound, what would it be?
  • What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
  • What do you think your life will be like in the future?
2 May 2022

What do 7 year old boys like to talk about? ›

Fun Things to Talk About With a 7-Year-Old
  • Personal Accomplishments. You can't be around a 7-year-old very long before you hear the phrases "Watch me" or "See what I can do." ...
  • Pop Culture. ...
  • How Things Work. ...
  • Right and Wrong. ...
  • Fictional and Nonfictional Stories.
18 Apr 2017

What to to talk about with kids? ›

101 Conversation topics for kids
  • Tell me about the best and worst parts of your day.
  • What's your favorite game to play?
  • If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
  • What's your favorite thing to do in the car?
  • If you could be anywhere right now where would you be? ...
  • What's your favorite cereal?

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