Throwing parties and events for a large group of children that you don’t know can be exciting and nerve racking all at the same time.
For instance, your kid might have friends from different circles and is worried if they’ll like each other? Or, You’re organizing a larger event where a lot of different kids from different backgrounds will be attending.
So now you’re wondering how do we embrace this situation and turn it into a positive and fun experience?
The answer: Ice Breakers!
In this article you’ll be reminded of classic and new Ice Breaker Games For Kids that just might be the solution you’re looking for.
1. Musical Chairs
This is a classic game that kids will love! If you haven’t used this one for your parties yet you definitely should put this one on your activities list for your next upcoming event.
What you will need:
1. Set up chairs in two rows back-to-back (one chair less than the number of players).
2. Play music and have players walk around the chairs.
3. Pause the music. When the music stops, players must race to sit in on chair.
4. The player left standing is to take a chair and stand off to the side.
5. Play the music again and repeat as the players circle the chairs and sit when the music is paused.
6. Continued until only one person (the winner) is left!
2. Spot The Difference
Kids will get a kick out of this game! Spot The Difference encourages players to work together while having a good laugh at the same time.
What you will need:
1. Divide your group into two teams.
2. Stand the first group in a line facing the second group. Set an amount of time for the second group (for example, 5 mins) to observe the appearance of the other team.
To add some goofiness to this game – try adding pops like hats, capes, jewelry etc.
3. When their time is up, have the second team leave the room. Then, have the first group change ten things about them. The ten things must be noticeable so nothing that is out of view like items in their pockets.
4. When the second group returns, they must observe the first group and figure out what ten things have changed. Set a time limit again and have the players write it down.
5. Then swap the roles of the groups and do it again.
3. Never Have I Ever
This is one of many fun easy ice breaker games that can be used to lighten the mood and bring the silly out in kids.
1. Children sit around in a circle. To keep score have children hold out their hands to show 10 fingers (or 5 if you want to shorten this game).
2. Select who goes first then have that child starts by saying ‘Never Have I Ever….’ and state something he/she has never done before. For example, ‘Never have I ever been on a boat’.
3. If any other child in the circle has in fact done that particular thing that’s been stated they must put down one finger. Continue to play until someone has lost all of their fingers making them out!
4. Amazing Race
We’re calling this Amazing Race because it’s loosely based on the TV version of the game. You can tailor your version of this however you see best fits the group of kids you’re planning this for!
This is a cool game that requires a lot more planning than a simple ice breaker game but we wanted to include this because it’s a great team building activity as well!
This activity is best played outside and suited for larger groups of big kids.
The summer is obviously a great time to play this game but the winter can still be fun just remind your guest to dress warm.
1. Split the group into two teams. You can do this by drawing names or previously selecting the players for each team.
2. You will need two to three Adults/leaders (or more depending on the amount of teams and type of check points you wish to have).
One adult/leader will be needed per team. Then one adult/leader will be the check point person who hands out challenges and verifies if the teams accomplished the given challenge to move on to the next.
The adult/leader of each team should have a cell phone so that they can capture pictures or video if needed of certain challenges being accomplished.
3. Planned check points. Check points will be where the teams go to receive their challenges. The first one can start at the house and the designated check point person will hand over a written challenge or verbally tell the teams what their challenge is.
4. Challenges. Create challenges that are age appropriate for the group you are hosting. Get creative with your challenges and have the kids use their noggin’s and get some exercise by moving their bodies.
If you have corner stores or shopping nearby you can hand out envelopes that include 2-5 dollars in it. The money can be used for challenges that require them to bring back a specific item they’ll need to purchase.
Challenge 1 – players must find and take pictures of ingredients to bake a birthday cake. They can do this by going to a grocery store and snapping photos of ingredients listed on the challenge.
Challenge 2 – Set up a giant outdoor game like checkers and have teams challenge each other – the winning team gets a clue or a map to help get to the next check point quicker, whereas the losing team has to take the long route to the next check point.
Challenge 3 – players have to complete an obstacle course that’s been set up at a nearby park.
5. In the end whichever team wins the race can win a small prize or something as simple as letting the team pick the next activity.
Ready, Set, Go….
We all want our parties to run smoothly and the biggest element to make or break a party is how comfortable your guests feel. So consider who is coming and choose a game or two to keep things easy breezy.
Whether it’s a long party or a short one there’s always room for fun short ice breakers or perhaps one big one!
Let us know in the comments below which game you will play at your next event! And if you need game ideas for a specific theme we’re always here to help.