Game – You are Nuts

About | This is a simple ice breaker that gets the teams working together for some fun and laughter.

Goal | Break the ice, ease tensions and have a good laugh

Emphasis | Ice Breaker, Fun

Items | A packet of groundnuts (peanuts in shells) for each team

Size | At least 2 teams of 3 participants each

Setting | Meeting Room

Time | 20 minutes

Instructions |

  1. Divide the participants into teams of 3 to 5 people.
  2. Ask each team to choose their leader and give the teams a packet of groundnuts each.
  3. The game is simple. Each team has to decorate their leader with the groundnuts.
  4. How? By splitting the groundnut slightly at its top tip and allow it to pinch back on any parts of the leader’s face!
  5. The objective is to decorate and hang as many groundnuts as possible on their leader’s face – try the ears, mustache, lips, hair and any skin folds.
  6. Parade the leaders up front for comparison and laughter. The team that has the most groundnuts clinging onto their leader’s face, wins.

Debrief |

Not necessary, as long as everyone had a good laugh. Remember to take team photos as they post with their ‘mascot’ leader. This simple game should break down walls if any, and provide a good start to the team.

If there are any parts of this game you want to clarify, leave me a comment.

Game – Our Common Links

About | This ice breaker provides a platform for participants to get to know each other especially when the team is coming together for the first time.

Goal | Build basic relationship between team members as a foundation for cooperation

Emphasis | Icebreaker, Communication

Items | Pen and a piece of paper for each team

Size | Preferably 6 onwards

Setting | Meeting Room

Time | 20 minutes

Instructions |

  1. Divide the group into teams of at least 3 members each
  2. Ask each team to discuss amongst themselves and come up with 5 to 10 different traits that are common and share by all of them. List them on a piece of paper.
  3. The objective is to identify as many common links that they share which are unique to their team. For example, all of us are married, or all of us are from Kuala Lumpur.
  4. The common links should not be too general or merely stating the obvious. For example, all of us have two eyes!
  5. After 5 minutes or an appropriate amount of time, get their attention, stop the discussion and have each team in turn to share their common links.
  6. Every time a common link is shared, check with other teams if they have the same link listed. If the link is unique only to the sharing team, then a point is given. Otherwise, it is a strike-off and no point is awarded.
  7. The team that scores the most points wins

Debrief |

Not necessary but you can share that although each of them are individuals, there will always be common grounds upon which they can start and build their team relationship on.

If there are any part of this instructions you want to clarify, leave me a comment.

Game – Complete Your Statement

About | This simple activity induces creativity and humour in the process of helping team members to get to know each other better.

Goal | Encourage team members to share their personal thoughts, experiences or ideas freely.

Emphasis | Icebreaker, Trust

Items | Paper slips containing printed hanging-statements to be completed. See suggestions below.

Size | Any

Setting | Meeting Room

Time | About 15 minutes, depending on number of participants

Instructions |

  1. Prepare enough paper strips with unique printed hanging-statements for each participants and fold them so that the content is not revealed.
  2. Explain to participants that everyone will get to pick a strip, read out the  printed hanging statement and complete is as creatively as he can spontaneously. If there are too many participants but not enough time, select volunteers instead.
  3. Encourage participants to be as truthful possible to a degree that they are comfortable in sharing and revealing to the rest of the team members.
  4. Ask participants to limit their sharing to one sentence only, which is to complete the selected hanging statement.

Suggestion on hanging-statements (for Work context):

  1. I most enjoy about work when…
  2. I least enjoy about my work when…
  3. I hate it when my boss…
  4. I like it when my boss…
  5. Working in my current team…
  6. Customers would be happier…
  7. We could improve…
  8. My under-used potential…
  9. To be more effective, I…
  10. People leave because…
  11. I like it when…
  12. One complaint about my work is…

Debrief |

Not necessary but you can highlight that it is important for team members to know and understand each others’ feelings and motivation at work in order to strengthen the bonding and cooperation amongst them.

If there are any part of this instructions you want to clarify, leave me a comment.