Icebreakers

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Easy and effective icebreaker questions

An icebreaker is a simple activity, undertaking or game that helps people foster connections and build rapport. They are a wonderfully simple tool that can help nurture a positive, safe, productive work environment. The best icebreakers follow the 3E Rule.

Here’s a random icebreaker generator to help you choose one for your team, or find one based on a category below. Have fun!

An Icebreaker just for you...

If you were a plant which would you be and why?

If you were
  1. a plant
  2. a colour
  3. a movie
  4. a chocolate
  5. a vehicle
  6. a shoe
  7. a building
  8. a game
  9. a meal of the day
  10. a day of the week
  11. a superhero
  12. a planet
  13. a drink
  14. a wild animal
  15. a sport
  16. a time of the day
  17. a song
  18. a public holiday
  19. a location
  20. a pet
  21. a book
  22. a toy
  23. a reality TV show
  24. a month of the year
 which would you be and why?

‘If you were…’ Icebreaker Questions

These are a great place to start if you’re new to icebreakers. Add your own noun to this sentence filler.

If you were…

  • a plant
  • a colour
  • a movie
  • a chocolate
  • a vehicle
  • a shoe
  • a building
  • a game
  • a meal of the day
  • a day of the week
  • a superhero
  • a planet
  • a drink
  • a wild animal
  • a sport
  • a time of the day
  • a song
  • a public holiday
  • a location
  • a pet
  • a book
  • a toy
  • a reality TV show
  • a month of the year

…which would you be and why?

When you were a kid
  1. what was your favourite toy?
  2. what was your favourite snack?
  3. what did you think was really cool?
  4. what was great about it?
  5. what did you get away with?
  6. who was your idol/hero?
  7. what did you think was true, but wasn’t?
  8. what did you do that you still do?
  9. what did you want to do when you grew up?

‘The Kid In You’ Icebreaker Questions

These are great icebreakers for two reasons: We were all kids at some stage and reminiscing can be good for you!

When you were a kid…

  • what was your favourite toy?
  • what was your favourite snack?
  • what did you think was really cool?
  • what was great about it?
  • what did you get away with?
  • who was your idol/hero?
  • what did you think was true, but wasn’t?
  • what did you do that you still do?
  • what did you want to do when you grew up?

Would you rather
  1. take the bus or a train
  2. eat something sweet or savory
  3. watch a movie or a documentary
  4. own a pet or a plant
  5. go to a gallery or a concert
  6. cook at home or eat out
  7. have one delicious entrée or a below average main
  8. do without a dishwasher or a clothes washer
  9. be super-busy or have nothing at all to do
  10. be known for your courage or your intellect
  11. be funny or kind
 and why?

‘Would you rather’ Icebreaker

The limited choice offered by these icebreakers means participants will always have an answer – but that doesn’t mean their creativity is limited.

Would you rather…

  • take the bus or a train
  • eat something sweet or savory
  • watch a movie or a documentary
  • own a pet or a plant
  • go to a gallery or a concert
  • cook at home or eat out
  • have one delicious entrée or a below-average main
  • do without a dishwasher or a clothes washer
  • be super-busy or have nothing at all to do
  • be known for your courage or your intellect
  • be funny or kind

…and why?

Describe what
  1. would make your perfect morning
  2. the key attributes of your ideal mentor are
  3. the main features of your ideal workspace are
  4. your ideal office view is
  5. your perfect non-work project is
  6. your last memorable meal was
  7. 3 elements of your dream place to live are
  8. your dream car looks like
 and why?

‘Your Ideal World’ Icebreaker

These conversation starters help reveal a little more about each person’s personality and characteristics. It’s sometimes easy for people to slip on their grumpy pants when they wish for what could be, so keep the notion of ‘fun’ front of mind.

Describe what…

  • would make your perfect morning.
  • the key attributes of your ideal mentor are.
  • the main features of your ideal workspace are.
  • your ideal office view is.
  • your perfect non-work project is.
  • your last memorable meal was.
  • 3 elements of your dream place to live are.
  • your dream car looks like.

…and why?

What
  1. cartoon character do you wish was real
  2. magicial power do you wish you have
  3. would you do if you could switch places with someone for a day
  4. would a magicial button in your kitchen do
  5. would you like a magicial pill to enable you to do
  6. magicial wish would you gift to a friend
 ?

‘Magical You’ Icebreaker Questions

These are an extension of the ‘Ideal World’ as they move from the ideal to the magical. They may not be based in reality but can help kick-start the mind for creative problem-solving.

What…

  • cartoon character do you wish was real?
  • magical power do you wish you have?
  • would you do if you could switch places with someone for a day?
  • would a magic button in your kitchen do?
  • would you like a magical pill to enable you to do?
  • magical wish would you gift to a friend?
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What
  1. would you like to do on your next holiday
  2. is at the top of your home to-do list
  3. are you hoping you will get as a present
  4. do you hope to have done in the next 12 months
  5. do you want to be able to do when you retire and why
  6. would you be doing in a months time if you won the lottery
  7. award would you like to win in two years time and why
  8. advice would a version of you from 20 years from now give you
 ?

‘The Future You’ Icebreaker Questions

These are a great way to find out about people’s plans and future aspirations.
They can be useful to foster new connections and refresh team dynamics as people share their goals.

What…

  • would you want to do on your next holiday?
  • is at the top of your home to-do list?
  • are you hoping you’ll get as a present?
  • do you hope to have done in the next 12 months?
  • do you want to be able to do when you retire and why?
  • would you be doing in a month’s time if you won the lottery?
  • award would you like to win in two years time and why?
  • advice would a version of you from 20 years from now give you?

What
  1. piece of office equipment would you grab during a zombie apocalypse
  2. would you like to have cloned
  3. moment in your life would you want to live (exactly the same) again
  4. is something new that you have learnt recently
  5. acts of kindness have you experienced
  6. have you regretted buying
  7. do you do when you procrastinate
  8. famous actor should play you in a movie about your life
  9. fairy tale villian gets a bad wrap
 ?

‘Energizer’ Icebreaker Questions

We had a lot of fun coming up with some questions that can really spark the imagination.
These prompts should make for some great conversation fodder.

What…

  • piece of office equipment would you grab during a zombie apocalypse
  • would you love to have cloned?
  • moment in your life would you want to live (exactly the same) again?
  • is something new that you’ve learned recently?
  • acts of kindness have you experienced?
  • have you regretted buying?
  • do you do when you procrastinate?
  • famous actor should play you in a movie about your life?
  • fairy tale villain gets a bad rep?