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.
- 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.
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.