Friday, September 4, 2009


Purpose:  To stimulate conversation or to help your group break out of their normal cliques and share with others in the group.



1)  You can use a variety of items for this icebreaker as long as their are an equal number of paired items to choose from.  You can have colored marbles, cut up pieces of construction paper, colored paper clips, etc… Just make sure their are only pairs.  If you use construction paper their should only be two blue pieces, two green pieces, two yellow pieces, and so on.  Make sure their are enough unique paired items for your entire group.  If you have a large group you could use 3, 4, or 5 of the same color or similar item.

You can also use random items.  Two pencils, two golf balls, two quarters, etc… If you use random items, one of your questions could be “why did you choose the item that you chose.”


2)  Prepare in advance a list of 1 – 3 questions for the group to answer depending on how much time you have.  If you will be teaching you could have the question relate somehow to the topic.  Make sure it isn’t too personal.



1)  Put enough paired items for your whole group in a container.

2)  Have each student select an item from the container.

3)  Have the students with similar items to pair up.

4)  Have each student take turns answering the questions prepared before hand.


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