Awesome Icebreaker Games for Kid Birthday Parties

Awesome icebreaker games are a surefire way to “break the ice” — and really get your kid’s birthday party going! Don’t let that awkward “start of the party” mood creep in and hang there like a dark cloud. Start your games program with one or two fun and easy icebreakers. This isn’t the time for competitive games (i.e.: those that call attention to winners and losers), save those for later. Now’s the time for your guests to get to know each other a little better — so try to keep the focus on what they have in common and discovering each other’s likes and dislikes.) Printable icebreaker games are fun, colorful and quick to prepare – just download and print and you’re ready to go!

Printable Icebreaker Games


12 More Fun & Exciting Icebreaker Games

Once you have them all warmed up with one or two of these great icebreaker games kids, your kid’s birthday party will really start to rock.

Signature Hunt Bingo M&M Game Sit Down If…
Name Ball Toss Have You Ever…? I Have Never…!
Three Things in Common Acquaintance Name Game Icebreaker Activities & Crafts
Two Truths and a LIE Toss the String Bop the Balloons

Autographs

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Signature Hunt Bingo

They’re collecting signatures or maybe even playing Bingo in this icebreaker game, but what they’re really doing is uncovering information about each other.

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • List of things (talents, experiences, qualities, etc.) that it would be interesting for kids to know about each other — i.e.: plays an
    instrument, likes to ride a bike, ate squid once, good at math, and so on. You’ll need a copy of this list for each kid. Leave enough room on the list for kids to sign their names.
  • Pencil for each kid.

How to play:

  1. Give each kid a copy of the list.
  2. Have them go around to each kid in the group and find out if any of the things on the list pertain to them. If so, they should ask the kids to sign their name by that list item(s).
  3. Depending on the size of the group you may have to give them a time limit. You can also spend a few minutes sharing the results of some of the lists with the entire group.

Variations:

  • Create a Bingo board with things kids may have done or might have in their possession (write these things in the boxes on the Bingo cards). Give each kid a board and have them go around asking other players if they match any of the details listed on their card. If they do the player must sign that square. You can control how long the game will take by using less squares (just block some out.)

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M&M Game

A little colored candy goes long away in this icebreaker game!

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • Bag of M&M’s, Skittles or any other colored candy.
  • List of questions — It’s better if you create the list before the party so you can choose questions that work well for an icebreaker game. Remember, the goal is for the kids to get to know each other better as they respond to these statements.

How to play:

  1. For each color M&M’s prepare a question for the kids to answer.
  2. Have the kids sit in a circle.
  3. Pass around a bag (or bowl) of M&M’s and have each kid take as many as they want.
  4. Next, choose a color and have any kid holding that color M&M to stand up.
  5. Then ask the corresponding question and let each kid answer the question.
  6. Have everyone sit back down and repeat until you’ve read all the questions.

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Sit Down If…

As with all good icebreaker games, this one is revealing. Kids love to find out things about their peers that they didn’t know before.

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • A list of “sit down if” statements — It’s better if you create the list before the party so you can choose questions that work well for an icebreaker game. Remember, the goal is for the kids to get to know each other better as they respond to these statements.

How to play:

  1. Write up a list of “sit down if you ____.” type statements.
  2. Gather the kids and have them stand in a group.
  3. Read the first statement and any kid who has done it, said it, read it, etc. must sit down.
  4. To get the most out of this game, give the kids enough time to see who’s standing or sitting before moving onto the next statement.

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Three Things in Common

Kids can really find out a lot each other in a short period of time with this icebreaker game. Make sure you don’t skip the last step – sharing with the whole group!

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need: N/A

How to play:

  1. Have the kids pair up with someone that they don’t know that well.
  2. Each pair must find three things that they have in common.
  3. After they’re finished, have each pair tell the rest of the kids what they found out.

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Have You Ever…?

This is a great icebreaker game that builds a sense of camaraderie as kids share experiences that they have in common (and “high fives,” too).

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need: N/A

How to play:

  1. Have the kids stand in a circle and choose one player to go first.
  2. That kid goes into the middle of the circle and asks, “Have you ever _____?” (fill in the blank).
  3. Those kids who have, answer yes by walking to the center of the circle and slapping a “high five” with whoever else has done the action.
  4. The game continues until each kid has had a chance to ask a question.

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I Have Never…!

This is another really good icebreaker game for finding things out about others.

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need: N/A

How to play:

  1. Have the kids stand in a circle and choose one player to go first.
  2. That kid goes into the middle of the circle and says some thing that she has never done — i.e.: “I have never _____!” (fill in the blank).
  3. Those kids who have never done “it,” reply by standing up. The first kid to stand up gets to go in the middle.
  4. The game continues until each kid has had a chance to say some thing that she’s never done.

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Name Ball Toss

Here’s a really simple one that’s perfect for young kids. If they don’t already know each other’s names they will when there done playing this icebreaker game!

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • A “soft” ball (a Nerf ball works well).

How to play:

  1. Have the kids site in a circle and give one a player the ball.
  2. As the kids toss the ball around the circle and them say the name of the player that they toss it to.
  3. Keep it going until each kid has had a chance or until they all know each other’s name.

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Acquaintance Name Game

This memory icebreaker game is much more challenging than the Name Ball Toss above, so it’s well suited for older kids.

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need: N/A

How to play:

  1. Have the kids sit in a circle and choose a player to go first.
  2. To start the game have the first kid say her own name.
  3. Then the second kid says her own name plus the first kid’s name, and so on around the circle.
  4. The last kid has to repeat their own name plus everyone else’s name.

Variations:

  • In addition to their name have every one say their name plus an adjective that they feel describes themselves and start with the same letter as their name (i.e.: Fast Frank, Daring Danny, Smart Susan, Creative Cathy, etc.)
  • Or ask all the kids a question like, “If you were a vehicle (plant, book, food, etc,) which type would you be? Then have the say their own name plus the object. – ( i.e.: Mark / race car).
  • These two variations make the game a little more challenging and interesting, too!

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Autographs

This icebreaker game is a good way to get the kids acquainted if some of them they don’t already know each other. And for those who already know each other it gives them the opportunity to say hello and interact with each other.

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • Copy of the guest list and a pencil for each kid.

How to play:

  1. Make a copy of your guest list for each kid. Leave enough room by each name for each guest to sign the list by their name.
  2. Give each player a copy of the guest list and a pencil.
  3. Have each kid go around and try to find out who everyone is and get each guest to autograph their guest list.
  4. At the end of the allotted time, assist the kids in getting any “missing” autographs so that all your guests will have been introduced.

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Two Truths and a LIE

Most kids like to tell funny little white lies. This icebreaker game lets them do just that.

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need: N/A

How to play:

  1. Have the kids sit in a circle.
  2. Choose one kid to go first.
  3. Have him tell the other players three things about himself. Two should be true and the other one should be a lie (no particular order). All three statements should be believable, yet a bit off the wall, to make it harder to figure out.
  4. The rest of the kids try to guess which statement is the lie.
  5. Continue around the circle at least once until each kid has had a turn.

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Toss the String

With this icebreaker games you’ll have them “tying” themselves up and having a “ball” doing it!

Style: Non-Competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • Ball of string or yarn.

How to play:

  1. Have the kids sit in a circle for this icebreaker.
  2. Give the ball to one of the kids. Have her find the end and hold onto it for the remainder of the game.
  3. To start the game, she’ll toss the ball to someone else in the circle. Then she’ll ask that person a question (i.e.: what’s your favorite color, food, music group, time of year, what are you afraid of, what person has influenced you the most, etc.). If all the kid’s don’t already know each other yet have them introduce themselves before they answer the question.
  4. Next, the kid with the ball holds part of the yarn and tosses the ball to some else that hasn’t had it yet.
  5. The game continues like this until everyone has had a chance to answer a question.
  6. At the end of the game, have all the kids look at the web that they’ve created that has connected all the players together in one way.

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Bop the Balloons

Here’s a really simple icebreaker game that’s good for very young kids. If you have a mixed group, have the younger kids stand while the older ones sit on the floor (this is safer for the little ones).

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Icebreaker Games

What You’ll Need:

  • One balloon for each kid.

How to play:

  1. Give each kid one balloon.
  2. Have all the kids hit their balloons into the air.
  3. Then everyone tries to keep all the balloons from hitting the floor. If doesn’t matter what balloon they hit. The object is for the whole group to keep the balloons afloat.
  4. You can continue playing like this until the last balloon hits the floor. Or you can the balloons to be put back in play at any time.
  5. This is a fun and easy way to start or end any party!

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Icebreaker Activities and Crafts

Kids love to create things. So, don’t miss these awesome icebreaker activities and craft projects.

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