Category: Icebreakers

Avalanche – A Perfect Way to Mix Up a Group During Team-Building

I work with teams of all ages and backgrounds from many different cultures, and I find that all groups do the same thing: line up next to their friends while standing in a circle. This activity is a fun way to break up cliques without the participants realizing that it was your ulterior motive. Avalanche […]

June 26, 2013 Icebreakers Tags:

Human Javelin – A Loud and Entertaining Team Building Energizer

There are times as a facilitator when you need a go-to activity that will let your group let out some noise and energy and Human Javelin is a perfect energizer for the times. It is perfect for all sizes of groups and all ages of participants. There is something to be said about the power […]

Thumb Wrestling in Stereo – A Classic Icebreaker and Group Energizer

I first learned this great activity from Ryan McCormick at Project Adventure in Boston. It is now one of my “go-to” activities with groups of all sizes. My friend from Australia, Mark Collard, demonstrates this classically fun icebreaker that helps groups break down physical barriers and creates a huge sense of FUNN (Functional Understanding Not Necessary). […]

The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Icebreakers

I love a good icebreaker, and the best icebreakers are group-generated ones! Use Who, What, Where, When, and Why? To create conversations amongst participants and encourage group presentation skills. Number of Participants: 4-25 Time: 10-25 minutes Activity Level: Low Props: None Objective: To get to know another participant better. Description: Group the participants in twos, threes, or sevens (depends […]

April 24, 2013 Icebreakers Tags: ,

Bear, Ninja, Cowboy – A Fun & Competitive Icebreaker

Bear, Ninja, Cowboy is a perfect partner icebreaker that will get your group energized and laughing. It can be used as a name game, a competitive icebreaker, or as a ridiculously fun activity. It is a fun alternative to Rock, Paper, Scissor.   Bear, Ninja, Cowboy Number of Participants: 2-unlimited Time:  5-15 minutes Activity Level: […]

Eyeball Tag

Eyeball Tag Not all tag games are equal, and Eyeball Tag is my all-time favorite. This game does not need athletic prowess and quick hands to be successful, but rather great timing mixed with courage and bravery. Number of Participants: 5-25 Time:  5-10 minutes Activity Level:  Moderate Props:  Chairs Objective: To make eye contact with […]


I first learned Tweener with Jerrod Murr at a Project Adventure training with Nate Folan. I instantly moved this activity towards the top of favorite activities list.  Tweener is a fun, active, and versatile activity that can be used as a name game, icebreaker, energizer, a debrief, or for just plain FUNN (Fundamental Understanding Not […]


The last couple days have been incredibly fun for me as I traveled to several different high schools to facilitate workshops on a multitude of topics: social media awareness, goal setting, decision-making, group personalities, and even scholarships! Each group session started off generally the same…a tired group of high school students meandered into the room […]

ODSA Workshop 3/31/2011

At the end of last month, I was fortunate enough to attend the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance Programs‘ Annual Conference in Tulsa, and presented a breakout session titled “Teamplay Tubes.”  ODSA is the state organization for all of Oklahoma’s TRiO programs, and the conference is an awesome way to learn new information about legislation […]

NSU Rookie Bridge Camp Training 3/27/2011

Rookie Bridge Camp. It is one of my favorite things that Northeastern State University has to offer…a volunteer driven two-day camp for incoming students that helps acclimate freshmen to campus life through games, skongs, small groups, and of course, a great float down the beautiful Illinois River. I experienced RBC as an incoming freshmen in […]

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