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Using Ice Breaker Games as a Creative Tool

By: Anthony Stringer BA (hons) - Updated: 23 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Using Ice Breaker Games As A Creative Tool

Ice breaker games and activities can be an effective way of adding motivation and creativity to a meeting, school lesson or celebration. Carrying out a quick an easy ice breaker game can encourage your participants or guests to exercise their creativity and become a group of motivated individuals.

Ice breaker games should be fun activities that support individual’s expressive personalities, while enhancing their creativity.

Set a side a few minutes and apply one of these effective ice breaker games that encourage people to be creative and helps them interact and share opinions.

Write Me a Story

This ice breaker game encourages participants to use their imagination and improve their creativity. Ask everyone to sit down. Hand each individual a sheet of A4 paper and explain that they should write a page about something that happened in their lives that they feel is important to them, e.g. Having children, travelling abroad, a sky dive etc. Once they have written their creative piece ask them to hand their stories in. Mix the stories up and hand out to the group. Instruct the group, one at a time, to read out the story they have been given and then to guess who they think the story belongs to. This ice breaker helps the class interact and strikes a creative cord in the group.

Draw Me a Picture

Ask the group to bring in an old plain t-shirt. Preferably a light coloured t-shirt. Before everyone arrives set out a set of paints or crayons (anything that they can use to draw on the t-shirts). Then, once the group arrive instruct them to draw a picture of a memorable place e.g. where they had their honeymoon or a memorable holiday destination. Get them to really elaborate on the painting and make sure they don’t just draw their house, encourage them to think carefully about their memorable place. Once the paintings are complete hand them up and let them dry. Ask the group to talk about their painting for about a minute and then ask the group to vote on whose painting is best. This creative game motivates the group and gets them opening up about something important in their lives (it’s also a lot of fun).

Build This, Build That

Before your group turn up set out something that needs building. For example, you could set out some Lego bricks, a set of cards to build a house out of or some matches and blue tac. When the group arrives ask them to use their creativity to build something. Split the group into teams and explain to them that they have 10 minutes to build. Each team works together and which ever team builds the best creation wins the game.

These ice breaker games work really well with school children and college and university students. However, they are just as effective in a team building or motivational setting and can be perfect as a pre-meeting activity or a fun game to hold before a celebration or party. Creative ice breakers can motivate children, students and adults and add a twist of fun to any situation.

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