Ice Breakers and Team Builders

Break the Ice and Build Teams

If you’re interested in …

  • Improving group dynamics
  • Gaining communication skills
  • Group initiatives
  • Having fun
  • Increasing group efficiency and effectiveness
  • Infusing your organization with energy
  • Teamwork
  • Building trust
  • Creative problem solving
  • Conflict resolution
  • Group bonding
  • Increasing motivation
  • Increasing a group’s comfort with healthy risk-taking

… then a teambuilding session with SLT is for you!

Teambuilding with the Student Leadership Team (SLT) is great for both newly-formed and long-standing groups. Every teambuilding session is customized to address the specific needs of each individual group as defined by you.

Our programs use a variety of activities from team initiatives and problem solving, to high level challenges. All of these methods help to teach and reinforce team concepts such as communication, creative problem solving and conflict resolution.

Throughout the activities, debrief sessions are lead by trained facilitators. During these discussions, lessons learned during the program are integrated into useful applications to real life situations. We won't just talk about teamwork; we'll give you an opportunity to live it, to practice it, and to learn what it means for you!

To schedule a session with the Student Leadership Team contact Samantha Mendoza or Melissa Pollo, Co-Directors of Leading EDGE.

Famous People — This is an Introductions, Energizer, and Team-Building activity

This ice-breaker is easy to set up and a great way start out a meeting - especially if the group is new to each other.

Create a list of famous couples or people, e.g. Fred and Wilma, Bill and Monica, Bart and Lisa, etc. Write these names on sheets of paper with one name to a sheet. Tape a sheet of paper - without letting the participant see what name is on It- to each person's back. Everyone will have a different name on their back and the only way for them to find out who they are is to mingle with the other participants and ask them "yes" or "no" questions. Each person is only allowed to ask another person 3 questions at a time to encourage people to keep moving and meeting new people. Once someone figures out their identity they can seek out their match!

Do You Like Your Neighbors? — A Team-Building activity

This physical activity gets the blood-flowing, is funny, and highlights the similarities and commonalities within a group.

Preparation: There is a "musical chairs" element to this activity so one person will always be stuck standing in the middle of the circle. Therefore it's important to have participants spaces marked in the circle; you can masking tape "X"'s or having folks take off their shoes and leave them just behind where they are standing to indicate a "standing spot."

A circle is formed with one person standing in the middle. A person standing around the circle asks, "Do you like your neighbors?" The participant in the middle replies, "No I don't, but I do like people who ______ ." (ex. People from Austin, people who skipped breakfast, have an older brother, etc.). Anyone who fits that description, e.g. are from Austin , must rush to find a new spot in the circle (not next to the one they left, at least five people away) to stand. If they don't make it, they become the one to stand in the middle next. Those who don't fit the description of what is called out stay in their spot while others run for a new one.

Two Truths and a Lie — This is an Introductions & Energizer activity

This activity allows people to share the more unknown and fun obscure facts about themselves.

Each participant shares three statements about themselves. Two of the statements must be true, and one a lie. The group then tries to guess which statements are true about the individual and which is the lie. Someone might say, for example; I've sky-dived, I speak 4 languages, and I am related to George Clooney. Now you guess!

Slogans — This is an Introductions & Energizer activity

This activity gives participants the opportunity to share information about themselves to the group through different creative mediums.

Many companies have slogans or mottoes that reflect their values. Ask each person to write a slogan to describe him or herself. There are several fun variations to this activity. One is to hand out a sheet of paper with a large "shield" with four quadrants drawn on it to everyone in the group. Give them markers and let them fill in the four spaces in the shield with a picture that describes themselves, their goals or their personality. A particularly funny variation is to ask each person to write a "personals ad" to describe themselves and what their current goals are. An example might start out, "Sagittarius with boisterous laugh is seeking good grades, new friends, etc."

After the participants have finished their project, go around and let people share their slogan, shield or personal ad with the rest of the group.