Top 3 Fun Icebreakers For Students

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Top 3 Fun Icebreakers For Primary Students Melloo

Congratulations, you’ve made it into the second week of the school year!

Getting back into the swing of things at school is difficult after such a long time off for the summer. The first week of school can be extremely stressful, not only for pupils but us teachers too!

Whether it’s your pupils’ second ever week of school or their second week of a new school year, the kids can still be very nervous at this point. That’s why now is a great idea to introduce fun icebreakers. It’s never too late or too soon to introduce fun icebreakers to get your pupils talking to each other.

Our Top 3 Icebreakers

Children aren’t silly, they can see an icebreaker task from a mile away. As soon as they’re ordered, “turn to the person on your right and tell them three interesting things about yourself”, they know they’re a victim of a classic icebreaker assignment.

The most effective icebreakers are the ones which are in the form of a game. These work a lot better than most icebreakers because students don’t even realise that it’s an icebreaker.

1. Make Positive Snowballs

We found this icebreaker on ‘We Are Teachers’, and we really like the sentiment of it.

The idea relies on your students writing a positive quote, word of encouragement or drawing a positive picture on a piece of paper. The pupils then scrunch their piece of paper to form their ‘positive snowball’ and then toss it across the classroom. After everyone watches the positivity fly across the classroom, get the kids to pick up a snowball and gather them into a circle to read out the positive snowball they picked up.

After this, it’s a nice touch to keep everyone’s positive snowball and hang them up in the class; they can be used as a pick-me-up throughout the year.

2. This Or That Debates

Friendly debates are a great way to get your students talking - this doesn’t mean you should encourage your pupils to discuss Brexit or the current situation in North Korea. You need to propose a light hearted topic, like, “what animal makes a better pet, a cat or a dog?”.

Answering the question is simple. Make two sides of the classroom clear and ensure that you say which side is which answer to the question, for example: the left side of the classroom is cat, and the right side is dog. Then, the pupils can stand on a side and express to the class why they believe cats or dogs make the better pet.

The motive is to improve the kids’ confidence when talking in front of their new peers.

3. The Detective Game

The idea of this icebreaker game is to get students talking and working together to trick the ‘detective’.

Organise your students in a circle, then choose a pupil to be the detective. The detective must then leave the room whilst you and the pupils decide on who should be the ‘winking killer’. Once decided, welcome back the detective. No one can say who the killer is, the detective must solve it on their own.

The killer’s and everyone else’s job is to ensure the detective doesn’t find out who the killer is before the killer remains. When the winking killer winks at someone, the ‘victim’ must fall to the ground in dramatic style.

It’s great fun, and even the teacher can join in!

What are your favourite icebreakers?

These are our favourite three icebreaker ideas for the kids, but there are many more that you can do.

Do you have your own icebreaker ideas that work every time?

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