Name of Icebreaker: Birthdays
Category of Icebreaker: Communication
Time Scales: 2 - 20 Minutes (Depending on Size of Group)
Size of Group: 10+
Materials Required: None
Aim of Icebreaker: To test the group’s ability to communicate with each other non-verbally and to achieve the task as a team.
- Explain to your group that they are to get themselves in birth date order (emphasizing date) forming one long line with the beginning of the year at the front of the room.
- They need to ensure that you are in exactly the right order.
- However, they are not allowed to speak to each other at all. They need to communicate non verbally.
- Give them a set time to complete the exercise in, depending on the group size. It should take them about 2 minutes with 10 people.
This game identifies the need to communicate and the need to work as a team. You may also identify leaders within the group who will take over organizing people and the differing personalities.
Discussion Points: How did they communicate?
What did they find hard?
Did someone check to see if they were all correct?
How did the team work together?
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