Imagine you’re beginning a new job - in other words, practically a new life. In addition to new environments, tasks and norms, you’re also faced with the deadly obstacle of getting to know your new tag team.
At first glance it seems, without you, your immediate team is already like peas and carrots; this observation prompts your old friend, Anxiety, to ask you where you’ll fit in. Have no fear: a simple ice breaker game can help ease these initial encounters and their possible side effects (e.g., paranoia, gastric indigestion, excessive sweating, nervous laughter, an accidental bad joke, etc.).
And it really is simple; a-piece-of-paper-with-20-lines simple. For this game, divide into teams of three or four, with a piece of paper and writing utensil per team. Also, have a moderator run a timer, tally final points and judge “point worthiness.”
For ten minutes, each team’s ultimate goal is to fill all twenty lines with “things” and “stuff” you and your team have in common. If your team is unable to cover all twenty lines, then the next priority is to simply cover more lines than your competition. The winning team has the most things in common, in consultation with the moderator.
That’s it! The beautiful thing about this game is it’s not limited to new awkward counters; it’s also a great way to transform that pea-carrot relationship into a peanut butter-jelly one; or even better, a bacon-bacon one!
Ultimately, it’s never too late to use this ice breaker game because, more often than not, people continue to learn about each other every day. This game only supports that possibility.