Fun Icebreaker Games for Adults

Updated June 13, 2017

Meeting a new group of people can be daunting at any age. When new groups of adults get together, whether in the workplace or at a party, icebreaker games help people get to know one another in a fun way. Icebreakers are a way to bond with new friends while engaging one another in a non-threatening way. (See Reference 4)

Never Have I Ever

Adults play icebreaker games to get to know one another. "Never Have I Ever" from the Group Games website begins with players sitting in a circle. When the game begins, players hold up all ten fingers. The first player announces something that she has never done. The rest of the players listen and put down a finger if they have done the action. For example, the player might say, "I have never been to France." Any other player who has been to France must put down one finger. As the game continues around the circle, players share something about themselves that they have done and others put down their fingers. The goal of the game is to be the last player with fingers remaining. This game allows groups of adults to get to know facts about each other in a fun way. (See Reference 1)

Remember My Name

Icebreaker games are used to help adults learn one another's names when in a new situation. "Remember My Name" is a game from the Team Building Leadership Training that is best played with eight to 15 adults in each group. Players sit in a circle where each player can see all others in the group. Player one thinks of a descriptive word or phrase to add to her name. So, the first player might say, "Jumping Janet." The next player does the same, such as "Muscular Mitchell." Players continue around the circle. As each player has their turn, players start by trying to name all previous players before giving their own name. The leader might stop after the sixth player and have someone else try to name everyone, too. This helps to keep all players on their toes. Players continue around the circle until everyone is named. (See Reference 2)

Three Questions Game

"Three Questions" is played by groups of adults who have just met, as well as groups that already know each other. Players begin with a piece of paper and a pen. Each player writes three interesting questions to ask others in the group. Players try to steer away from questions like "How many kids do you have?" and try to ask deeper questions such as, "If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?" When all players have written down their questions, everyone begins to mingle. As players meet up, they ask three different people each of their three questions. When players get back together, one player stands at a time. As they do so, the group tells what they have learnt about that player. (See References 3)

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Kimberlee Broaddus is a fourth grade teacher in California who has written articles for her school's monthly newsletter. She holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on early elementary education. She currently sits on a district writing committee working on curriculum and assessments for local schools.