Category: Icebreakers

3 Brand New Tag Games for Team Building with Young People

You're it! No, you're it! You're it! When is the last time you played tag? No, seriously...when is the last time you played tag? The answer is too long. Back in the olden days, tag was as simple as chasing your friend and trying to tag them on the back. If were fast and elusive [...]

101 Ways to Line Up a Group – A Classic Team Building and Icebreaker Activity

Sometimes you just need to go to the classics. In music it is mozart. In cars it is Model T. In food it is eggs and bacon. In leadership activities it is a Group Line Up. You can use a group line up with the young, the old, the quiet, the loud, the small. the large [...]
November 18, 2015 Icebreakers

Gallery Walk – A Creative Way to Make Meetings More Fun

Meetings, meetings, meetings. Meetings get a bad rap. They are both a blessing and a curse. We meet because we need to develop, process, or disseminate information but often that doesn't happen. Typically they get drudged into the minutiae of agendas and politics and all things that are wrong with meetings. It doesn't have to [...]
November 11, 2015 Energizers, Icebreakers

3 Ways to Engage Students Who Won’t Participate (And How to Keep Them Engaged Once You Do!)

Bored. Uninspired. Disheartened. You've met these types of students and you know they aren't bad students. They are just students who haven't been reached...yet. One of the toughest tasks we face as teachers, leaders, counselors, advisors, or even parents is to get the disengaged to become engaged with learning. Students are more distracted than ever. [...]
October 27, 2015 Energizers, Icebreakers Tags:

11 Creative Ways to Split Up a Large Group into Smaller Groups

Woodstock. The World Cup. Your classroom. Large groups of people can be awesome and provide enormous amounts of contagious energy...but they can also bring chaos, distractions, and even destruction. If you are leading a large group and want to create a sense of intimacy for learning to occur, you have to break them up. Large [...]
July 8, 2015 Icebreakers

Princess, Knight, Rider – An Energizing Team-Building Activity for High-Energy Participants

Princess, Knight Rider The Paradigm Shift team just returned from a two week long leadership camp adventure in three states and with over 300 hundred high schools students. These students always had a ridiculous amount of energy, and we wanted to play a few activities that reflected their level of enthusiasm. Our “go-to” activity to […]

July 10, 2014 Icebreakers Tags:

Popcorn – An Engaging and Entertaining Icebreaker

Let’s be honest, sometimes we need a fun time-filler that will keep our groups engaged without keeping them bored. Popcorn is just the kind of activity you are looking for…it is fun, it is fast, and it is engaging. Stephanie Bolen, one of the wonderful Paradigm Shift consultants, explains the instructions for Popcorn in this […]

January 20, 2014 Icebreakers Tags: ,

Cowboy Up – A Free Icebreaker

The majority of the Paradigm Shift team is from Oklahoma, so we like a good cowboy activity from time-to-time. This activity gives your participants options on how they want to proceed as a cowboy. Cowboy Up Number of Participants: 5-15 Time: 5-10 minutes Activity Level: Moderate Props: None Description: This activity is a last participant standing […]

September 18, 2013 Icebreakers Tags:

Trashball – A Leadership Team Building Activity Focused on Integrity

Have you ever had a group find the “gray area” of the rules? A group that tries to skirt around the edges of the activity to get a competitive advantage? I come across groups and teams like this all of the time, and it always comes back to integrity…doing the right thing when no one […]

Chicken Noodle Circle – A Great Way to Round Up a Group

Have you ever had a hard time getting your group into a circle? We all know that circles are the best way for a group to communicate, and sometimes we need the group to get into different sizes of circles depending upon the activity. I picked this fun way to circle up a group on […]

July 17, 2013 Icebreakers Tags:
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