As you, our youth ministry colleagues, gear up for another fall season of activity, we thought we'd offer a few ways to ease into another year together. Since every new school year brings a new group (some have graduated, some have joined, others have moved up a grade), it's always a good idea to get to know one another all over again. Here is an icebreaker that does more than just create commotion. It helps youth get to know each other better, learning both what they have in common and what makes each of them unique.
Divide up into partners or small groups and provide each team with the list of items below. Their challenge is to learn about each other and to keep a running score to report at the end of the activity (which should only take 5-10 minutes). Invite groups at the end to share the most interesting, surprising, or funny things they discovered about one another. You can download a pdf of the activity here.
Work together as a team, awarding yourself points in each of the categories below based on your responses.
____1 point for each different birthday month represented by your group members. 5 point bonus for anyone born on a holiday.
____1 point for each different birth state represented. List them:
5 point bonus for anyone born in another country.
____1 point for each person who has visited one or more of the following: Grand Canyon, Disneyland, Lincoln Memorial, Hawaii. 4 point bonus for anyone who has visited all four
____1 point for each person who has ever been a member of a denomination other than that of your church. List them:
1 bonus point for each person who has belonged to more than two denominations
____ 1 point for each sibling, living or deceased of each group member (includes adopted, step, and half-siblings). 5 point bonus for anyone with twins in their immediate family (living or deceased)
____ 1 point for each continent visited by members of your group. 10 point bonus for each person visiting 3 or more.
____ 1 point for each person who has ever used Twitter, 1 point for each person who has a Facebook or MySpace page, 1 point for each person who owns some form of an Ipod or MP3 player. 10 point bonus for each person who still uses a watch.
____ 1 point for each vegetarian. 1 point for each person who doesn’t like chocolate.
____ 1 point for each person who has performed on a stage anywhere, has been in a parade, or has sung in public.
____ 1 point for each person who can play a musical instrument. List them:
5 point bonus for each group member who has ever played the instrument in church.
____1 point for each group member who can tell the meaning or origin of their first name. 10 point bonus if a group member's parents named them after someone famous.