31 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.

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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:

  • 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, shared by Lana at 4theloveofteaching 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!

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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

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.

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

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

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  • 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.

  • 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

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

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How to play:

  • 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.

Interactive Icebreaker Wall Display

This resource is a fantastic interactive icebreaker wall display that can be used in a variety of ways for the whole first term of the school year.

The resource download includes adisplay banner, lily pads with ‘getting to know you questions’ and decorations to help create this super cute pond display.

You can use the cut-out frogs as markers to remember which questions you have completed.Alternatively, why not use the display like a board game? Each morning, pick a student to roll a dice and then the student moves that many lily pads along the pond and the question/activity that the frog lands on is what the whole class completes that morning.

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The beauty of this resource is the flexibility of it, you can choose what you think is going to work best for your students in your class. Perhaps you feel it would be best to partner up your students to talk about their answer to a question from the display.

Or, perhaps you’re keen to see some of their writing abilities – why not turn it into a quick writing session? Pick and choose what works best for you and your class.

18 Icebreaker Activity Cards

This interactive icebreaker activity packincludes a spinner and 18 different icebreaker activities to match! Each task card features a fun and engaging icebreaker activity that your students will absolutely love!

How to use this resource:

  • Print and cut out the spinner and arrow.
  • Attach the arrow to the spinner using a split pin.
  • Display the icebreaker activity cards on a wall in your classroom.
  • Pick a student to spin the spinner.
  • As a class, students need to pick which icebreaker activity they are going to play by matching the colour of the spinner to the colour of the borders on the task cards.
  • If there are two activities with the same colour border, students can vote as a class.

Your students will love voting on what icebreaker activity they would like to complete as a class. A great way to involve them in the process!

Not only is this a great icebreaker game, but, it is a great display for the beginning of the term. Why not do one or two icebreakers each week?

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!

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FAQs

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 icebreakers for youth group? ›

31 Icebreaker Games For Teens For ANY Situation
  • #1 Shoe Exchange Icebreaker.
  • #2 Toilet Paper Fun Facts Game.
  • #3 Toss and Chat Game.
  • #4 Time Bomb Introductions.
  • #5 Mix and Match Candy Challenge.
  • #6 Pictionary People Game.
  • #7 Two Truths and a Lie.
  • #8 Sit Down icebreaker.

What is a good game to 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.
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How do you play 10 things in common icebreaker? ›

10 things in common

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". Once they find 10 things they have in common, they share their discoveries with the group.

Are icebreakers for kids? ›

Icebreakers are a great way for kids to get to know each other. Kids can play an icebreaker game as a group, in pairs, or as individuals.

What is a youth group lock in? ›

Lock-ins – overnight social events where no one goes in and no one goes out – have long been a popular tradition with youth groups for a reason. Kids long for a chance to create solid bonds with their peers, but with busy school schedules and the social pressures of high school, this isn't always easy.

What is the 20 questions game Texting? ›

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.

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

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  • 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

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 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?
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What are good hot seat questions? ›

Who would you consider to be your “hero”? What is the most bizarre thing you've ever witnessed someone else do? What are three topics you could talk about for hours on end? In your opinion, what is one of the best qualities in a person?

How do you play 5 things in common? ›

In small groups, you will have five minutes to find five things that everyone in your group has in common. Your goal is to find commonalities among your group that are unique, things that aren't true about the other groups here. You will have to investigate and be creative. Ask questions.

Who am I icebreaker activity? ›

Playing Who Am I? Place one of the nametags on the upper back of each player. Once everyone has a nametag on their back, explain the rules to everyone: each person must try to figure out which famous person that they are, only asking “Yes” or “No” questions to gain clues about the name that is on their back.

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 is ice breaker activity for students? ›

Simply ask students to line up in a particular order (by birthday, height, etc.) or gather in blobs based on something they have in common (favorite color, movie, number of siblings). Not only does this activity keep students engaged, you get to learn more about them. It also provides them with a sense of belonging.

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.

How do you make group introductions fun? ›

35 Fun Meeting Icebreakers to Warm Up Any Meeting
  1. The Candy Game.
  2. The Marshmallow Game.
  3. A Scavenger Hunt.
  4. Two Truths and One Lie.
  5. Paper Airplane Game.
  6. Year of the Coin.
  7. One Common Thing.
  8. Speed Networking.

What is a fun team building activity? ›

Scavenger Hunt

Split everyone into groups and make a list of fun things to find or do outside your office. Make it each team's mission to find and photograph everything on that list within a certain time limit. The first team to complete each item on the list wins!

What are some fun questions to ask coworkers? ›

You can incorporate small games into the session which will be a laugh and leave everyone in high spirits.
  • Tell us two truths and a lie.
  • What's the weirdest you've ever done?
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?
  • What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
  • What's your favourite TV show?
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How do you bring your team closer together? ›

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  2. Communicate, every day, every way. Good communication is at the heart of great teamwork. ...
  3. Exercise together. ...
  4. Establish team rules. ...
  5. Clarify purpose. ...
  6. Recognize and reward. ...
  7. Office space. ...
  8. Take a break.

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 are some fun attendance questions? ›

Opinion/Multiple Choice
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be? ( ...
  • If you could ride any mythical creature to school, which would you pick? ( ...
  • Where would you want your dream house to be? ( ...
  • Which one item would you take with you to a deserted island (Answer ideas: your favorite book, video game, movie)
16 Jun 2021

Would you rather questions for 13 year olds? ›

Would you rather only use dog shampoo or never cut your toenails? Would you rather eat moldy bread or eat moldy cheese? Would you rather have your dog kiss you or your grandma kiss you? Would you rather have terrible gas all the time or burp out loud constantly?

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 an 8 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 do you say at school icebreakers? ›

Mingles
  • Classmate bingo. An oldie but a goodie. Create bingo cards with prompts for students to use to ask each other questions. ...
  • Who's in your circle? Ask your students to draw three cocentric circles on a piece of paper. Give them a topic (food, seasons, sports…) and ask them to write it in the center circle.
16 Jan 2020

What are some good questions of the day? ›

Personal Questions
  • What do you need help with most often?
  • What's something that no one knows about you?
  • What kind of challenges are you facing these days?
  • What do you miss most about?
  • When was the last time you were lost?
  • What book had the most significant impact on you?
24 Jul 2020

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.

Would you rather questions to ask a boy? ›

"Would You Rather" Questions About Relationships

Would you rather die before or after your partner? Would you rather have to kiss every person you meet or never kiss your partner again? Would you rather date someone who your family loves and your friends despise or who your friends love and your family despises?

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