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Squaring Off: Great Ice Breaker Activity for Teens

August 15, 2014

Ice breaker activities for teenagers – Squaring Off

Main aim: To ‘break the ice’ in a fun way without encroaching on the teenager’s personal space

Name: Squaring Off

Type: Ice breaker activities for teenagers

Players: 4-5 players per team, minimum 2 teams

Duration: 15-20 minutes

Materials: One blanket or several large newspapers (not tabloid size) for each team and a set of questions to ask the teams

Preparation: Spread the blanket or newspapers out on the floor for each team. Allow a space of around 3 feet (1 metre) for each team’s blanket or newspapers.

Instructions

  • Each team member should introduce himself or herself to the rest of the team, if they have not done so already.
  • The teams will need to stand on the blanket assigned to them.
  • Start off with a question. The team or teams that answer correctly continue to stand on the blanket. The other teams that answer incorrectly will have to fold their blankets down to a 3/4 size.
  • Continue with the questions and answers, with the teams giving a wrong answer having to fold their blankets down by 1/4 size each time.
  • The last team left standing on the blanket wins.
  • When the activity ends, provide feedback and ask the participants for feedback.

Rationale

The activity encourages each team member to :

  • Get to know the other team members in a fun way.
  • Work closely with each other without encroaching each other’s personal space.
  • Actively communicate with each other and to participate in a group question and answer session.
  • Understand that team members may do something wrong (e.g. answer a question wrongly) but as a team, each member not blame any other team member for the error.

The main aim of this ice breaker activity is to allow each team member to work together as a team.