Icebreakers are a fun way to start thoughtful conversations and genuinely get to know your team on a deeper level than boring small talk. Using icebreakers or activities is an excellent way for teams to get to know each other, especially when you have a new team member or work remotely. Here are some engaging icebreakers to use before your next team-building event or team meeting.
Would You Rather
It is a classic for icebreakers and a quick, entertaining way to get to know each other.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
(With a twist!) Start this icebreaker with what superpower you would have if you were a superhero, but the next person that goes gives the previous person a handicap! (Sure, you can fly, but you can only fly over water)
Two truths and a lie
Another classic icebreaker. Have each person brainstorm 2 truths and 1 lie about themselves (office-friendly, of course) and have the team guess which “fact” is the lie. This is a fun way to learn fun facts about your team!
Asking simple, unique questions is an easy, effective icebreaker. Ask the silly “if you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?” or “if you could be any animal, what would you be?”
Virtual Escape Rooms and Activities
Booking an experience where teams work together to solve puzzles is a great way to connect and learn more about each other. Try out Patagonia, a unique virtual survivor race.
Try not to smile
This game involves your team standing in a circle, and everyone takes turns telling jokes, and the goal is for no one to smile or laugh. This icebreaker is perfect for easing tension and encouraging fun.
Try trivia software where you can team up or work individually through engaging trivia questions. There are many fun trivia software that you can easily find through Google or Microsoft.
The marshmallow challenge
This icebreaker doubles as a team builder and an icebreaker and is perfect in an office environment. Split your team into groups and give them each 20 pieces of spaghetti, a yard of string, tape, and one marshmallow. Set a timer and challenge each team to build the tallest structure. If they can do that, they win.
Share a fun or embarrassing photo
This one is a great way to get to know something special about your team members. Have them choose any image they’d like and have each of them share the story behind it.
Create a scavenger hunt built to encourage collaboration. Create a small list of items using riddles in the office, split everyone up into smaller teams, and send them on their way. You can do scavenger hunts virtually too! Just ask them to find simple items in their home to bring and show in the zoom meeting.
Charades is a classic game that builds camaraderie. You can create fun general charades or make them office-centric and split your team into groups. Charades involve acting out a person, place, or thing and getting their team to correctly guess the answer within a limited amount of time.
Create a fun bingo card filled with “getting to know you” kinds of facts, characteristics, or personalities. Give each person a card and have them perform a sort of scavenger hunt to each person and have them place their name on a trait that applies to them, and they can only sign once!
The classic card game will help break the ice by showing the team which players use a strategy. While we all like to play nice, Hearts is based on scoring the lowest number of points, while tricking players into taking the highest-valued ones. Hearts is a fast-paced, engaging multiplayer game.
You might suggest a team builder and hear groans of disappointment. Try any of these ice breakers, and your team is sure to look forward to team builders and meetings.