5 Icebreaker Games for Kids This School Year
It’s that time of year again. The fun in the sun is setting and the leaves are starting to change, which can only mean one thing: back to school! The smell of fresh pencils and blank notebooks brings on the exciting feeling that only a new school year has. Endless opportunities await your child this school year, and there are so many fun ways to prepare children for what lies ahead.
Kids encounter many different social interactions with school, youth groups, clubs, and everything else they are involved with. The social skills they develop now will affect not only their relationships with their peers but also their relationships later on in life as adults. Icebreaker games as a social skills activity are a great way for kids to meet and make new friends and learn how to interact with other people.
Homeschooled children and online school families have a multitude of opportunities to break the ice and interact with other students through homeschool and online public school groups. Use these five social skills games as icebreakers to help your children face the new school year with confidence in their social skills!
The Lineup Game
The Lineup game is a get-to-know-you activity that keeps kids moving and encourages teamwork. To play, kids break into groups. The designated leader (perhaps an adult, teacher, or child volunteer) will call out for everyone to line up in order of a certain category. For example, they can line up in alphabetical order, by order of birthdays, by height, or by any other category.
Wipe That Smile Off Your Face
This game is perfect for helping kids break out of their shells and share some laughs! First, all the kids get in a circle. The child who is “It” makes the biggest and silliest smile she can, and she gets a point for each person who can’t keep a straight face. When she is done, she wipes the smile off her face and passes it on to another person.
Marshmallow, Spaghetti, and Tape Tower
Games that utilize crafts and creativity help kids to feel more comfortable around new people, make friends who share common interests, and learn how to work well with others. Divide the kids into small groups and give them a bag with large marshmallows, uncooked spaghetti, and one yard of tape. Each group then needs to build the tallest tower they can (other objects you have lying around, such as Popsicle sticks, can work as well). The kids can be creative and build a tower however they would like; it just needs to be able to stand on its own and not fall over. This activity allows students to let their creativity and thinking skills shine. In fact, this simple activity was highlighted on a TED talk for its team-building possibilities.
Two Truths and a Lie
Two Truths and a Lie is a get-to-know-you game that gives kids a chance to introduce themselves to others in a unique way. To play, the children each introduce themselves and share three interesting things about their lives, two of which are true and one that is a lie. Everyone else in the group must then guess which one of the three facts is a lie.
Beach Ball Introductions
Beach Ball Introductions helps kids get to know each other through a fun game. First, you take a beach ball and write different get-to-know-you questions on it. The kids then pass the ball around to one another. When someone catches the ball, he answers one of the questions on the ball in front of the group.
Good social skills for kids make a difference now and in their future. Exciting games and social skills activities will help your children develop their social skills so they can make this school year the best one yet!
Students at online public schools or online private schools have the scheduling flexibility to incorporate the type of socialization they prefer into the learning day though involvement in community events, sports, the arts, scouting, and faith-based activities. Learn more about online schooling options by visiting the Connections Academy website or the International Connections Academy website.