(Closed) Teachers/Camp Counselors… help me find a cool icebreaker for first day!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

When I was working as a camp counselor, the favorite one was “Two Truths and a Lie”. It’s a pretty common game but just in case, I’ll explain it to you. You have each kid tell everyone 3 things about themselves, 2 things that are true and one that is not. Everyone else has to guess which one is a lie. I always thought it was fantastic because it encouraged the kids to tell things about themselves that they wouldn’t have in a usual intro game. They get really creative in their answers.

I’ve done this game with kids from ages 8 to 14/15. It works pretty well.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I do a people bingo specific to that age group…

Find someone who: 

has been to a concert this summer

plays soccer

has their drivers license 

been to another county 

jams to lady gaga eveytime she is on the radio 

ect……

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

@brideatbeach: I always did it as a group. You stand in a big circle and do it. It takes a little longer, but it worth it because then everyone gets to learn about everyone first-hand. Plus, it has the added benefit of being out of the norm and it doesn’t make kids wander around and find each other, which can be excrutiating for someone who is shy.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I usually do two truths and one lie, which someone already mentioned. But I combine that with my “name game.”

I in a circle, I have each child introduce themselves, and use the first letter of their first name to describe themselves. I’m Emma and I’m Exciting!!! It is a short ice breaker How long this last varies, depending on how funny they are and if the classmates already know each other, but I love it because it helps me remember their names, and something about their intrests. 

Another activity that I have done is interviewing. I put the kids in groups of two, and have them interview each other, and then we go around the class and the interview introduces the interviewee. This is good because they find out about each other in depth.

One actvity I reserve for a very diverse and mature group is this: I have them get into twos, and write assumptions about each other. Nowadays, teens are so different it isn’t just race that will divide them. Amongst each other they have goth, emo, sensi, rager, cool nerds…I could go on and on. But they make many assumptios about each other just based on the way they look. I usually have them answer a few questions about their partner. The kind of music they listen to, food they eat, televisions shows they like, what they might do on a typical weekend, etc… The kids usually find out that they are very wrong about their assuptions, and they have much more in common that they thought.

 

Good Luck!!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

One of the games I like to play is I’ve Never.  I’ll set my classroom up in a circle (just chairs, not desks) and have a seat for every student, -1.  One kid stands in the middle and says “My name is ___________ and I’ve never ____________”.  Students who have done it then have to rush to change seats.  Last person without a seat is in the middle.

That can be a bit loud though.  So another one I’ve done is had each student write down what a novel about them would be called.  My example is always ” Clumsy Rugby Girl.  The rest of the class then guesses who that book would belong to…but they have to semi know each other for that.

And a third, similar to above, everyone rights down a surprising fact about themselves.  The class has to guess who each surprising fact belongs to.

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