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Icebreaker Getting to Know You Activities for Kids

Getting to Know You Activities for Kids

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Today, I want to share with you 50 Getting to Know You Activities for Kids! These fun icebreaker games and activities can help kids develop relationships among their peers and with their teachers.  When working with kids, you need way to help them feel comfortable in whatever situation you are in, whether it is in a classroom, a church youth group, a summer camp, at a birthday party, homeschool co-op, acting camp, etc. 

Getting to know you activities are a great way to help kids feel comfortable on the first day of school with new students.  They can be done as a whole class, or you can divide them into small groups or pairs, and help them make new friends!  This list of icebreaker activities can work for young kids in elementary school, on up through high school age. Many of them would also be good for adults as well!

Why Getting to Know You Activities for Kids are Important

  • Getting to know you activities help kids to build relationships with their peers and with  adults. This helps them feel a sense of community and belonging!
  • It helps create a positive environment where they can will feel valued, understood, and respected. This may reduce social anxiety. 
  • Icebreaker games and activities help kids to develop better communication skills.  They can learn to better express themselves verbally as well as listen to others.
  • Kids can gain confidence socially through these activities.
  • Getting to know you activities can promote empathy and understanding of each other’s backgrounds, interests, and experiences.  This helps children appreciate and respect diversity.
  • Teamwork and collaboration are fostered and strengthened since many of these activities involve working together towards a common goal.
  • Icebreaker activities can help kids identify common ground, discover shared interests, experiences, or values.  This can help kids build new friendships.
  • These types of activities can support academic success, too! Strong relationships and effective communication are essential for creating a safe learning environment. 

Getting to know you activities lay the foundation for positive social interactions, emotional well-being, and a supportive learning environment for children.  You can use these between lessons to give kids a bit of a brain break, too. There are so many great reasons to use them in your learning environment!

At the end of this post, you can also download my free set of icebreaker questions.  These are great for 

Getting to Know You Activities for Kids:

  1. Name Game: Have each child share their name and something interesting about themselves, or a trait about themself that starts with the same letter of their name.
  2. Two Truths and a Lie: In this fun game, each person shares two true interesting facts about themselves and one false statement about themself with the group. Others will guess which statement is the lie.
  3. Memory Circle: One child starts by saying their name and something they like. The next child repeats the first child’s information and adds their own, continuing around the circle.  Make it more interesting by adding an action for the thing they like to repeat as well. 
  4. Human Bingo: Create bingo cards with different facts or characteristics in each square. Children mingle to find someone who fits each description.
  5. Toilet Paper Pass: Pass around a roll of toilet paper. Tell each kid to take as many squares as they need.  Don’t give them any more info. After everyone has some squares. they will go around the room and tell one fact about themselves for each square of TP that they took. 
  6. Interview Pairs: Pair children up and have them interview each other, then introduce their partner to the group. You can have questions already prepared for them such as: favorite color, favorite food, hobby, favorite sport, about their family, etc. (Download my printable Icebreaker Questions below.) 
  7. Letter of the Day: Choose a letter and have each child share something about themselves that starts with that letter. This is fun for young kids learning their letters! 
  8. Group Storytelling: Sit in a large circle.  Start a story and have each child around the circle add a sentence or two to continue the tale.
  9. Find a Commonality: Children pair up and find one thing they have in common, then share it with the group. It could be the color of their shirt, that they both have blue eyes. their favorite tv show, both are right-handed, etc. Extend this by having them find something in common with five people. Write them down next to their names.
  10. The Human Knot: Everyone stands together in a circle. Place your hands in the center and grab hands with two different people. Without letting go, work together to untangle the knot they created. It’s best played with a larger group. 
  11. Family Tree: Children draw their family trees and share something interesting about their family history.
  12. Beach Ball Toss: blow up a beach ball, and write different questions on the ball with a permanent marker.  Toss the ball around the room.  Wherever their right thumb lands as they catch it is the question they must answer
  13. Bucket List Sharing: Have each child share something they’d like to do or accomplish in the future.
  14. Would You Rather: Ask kids some “Would You Rather” questions, allowing them to choose their answers by going to two different sides of the room. 
  15. Favorite Things: Go around the room and have each child shares their favorite book, movie, food, ice cream flavor, etc., and why they like it.
  16. Color Connections: Find someone in the room wearing the same color shirt and share something about themselves with each other.
  17. Musical Chairs Introductions: Musical chairs, with a twist! Play a short snippet of music. When it stops, the child who does not get a chair shares something about themselves.
  18. Scavenger Hunt Introduction: Children find specific items around the room or area. When they find one, they introduce themselves.
  19. Draw and Share: Each person draws something that represents them and shares it with the group.
  20. Puzzle Introductions:  Give each child a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. As they introduce themselves, they connect their puzzle pieces to others until the puzzle is complete.
  21. Secret Handshake Introduction: Children pair up and create a unique handshake together before introducing each other.
  22. What’s in a Name?: Children share the story behind their name and why their parents chose it.
  23. Family Portrait: Have kids draw or create a collage representing their family members, then share a little about each person.
  24. Building Blocks of Friendship: Each child receives a block and decorates it with their name and something they like. As they introduce themselves, they add their block to a tower.  Try to build the tallest tower!
  25. Emoji Feelings: Have kids choose an emoji that represents how they feel today and share why. You could have pre-printed emojis hanging up to choose from, or have them draw their own.
  26. Four Corners: Label four corners of the room with different categories (e.g., favorite color, favorite animal). Children go to each corner and share their favorites with the kids there, then mix up and go to a new corner.
  27. Hobby Swap: Children share their hobbies and interests, then find someone with a different hobby and discuss.
  28. Paper Airplane Icebreaker: Have kids write one interesting fact about themselves on a paper airplane. They then throw their planes around, pick up one, and find the person who wrote it to learn more. This could also be done as a snowball fight. Just crumple up the paper and throw it. 
  29. Collaborative Art Project: Provide art supplies and have kids work together on a collaborative art project. They can learn teamwork and creativity in the process!

  30. Favorite Things Bag: Have kids fill a bag with various items from home (e.g., favorite toy, book, snack). They can pull out one item at a time and share why it’s their favorite.
  31. Name Acrostics: Each child creates an acrostic poem using their name, with each letter representing something about themselves.
  32. Map My Journey: Have kids draw a map of their life journey so far, marking important events or milestones.
  33. Classroom Quilt: Give everyone a square piece of paper. Ask them to draw or write something about themselves. Later, assemble the squares into a “classroom quilt” to display in the classroom.

  34. Inspirational Heroes: Each child can share a person they admire and why.
  35. Dream Vacation: Children can share where they would love to go on vacation and why.
  36. Compliment Circle: Sit in a circle and have everyone take turns giving a compliment to the person on their left.
  37. M&M Game: Give each child a fun-size pack of M&M’s or Skittles. Have kids sit in rows speed dating style, facing each other. Assign a question for them to answer for each candy color. (Red=favorite movie,  Green=favorite hobby, etc.)
  38. Balloon Pop: Write different questions on slips of paper and place one inside each balloon before inflating them. Questions could be about favorite colors, hobbies, or dreams. Kids pop the balloons and answer the questions inside in front of the entire class.

  39. Back-to-Back Drawing: Pair up kids, and have them sit back-to-back. One student describes a simple image to their partner, who then tries to draw it based on the description. This develops communication and teamwork.

  40. Classroom Collage: Use magazines, scissors, and glue. Ask kids to create a collage that represents who they are, including interests, goals, and values. Share and discuss the collages as a class.

  41. Story Stick: Pass around a decorated stick or object. Whoever holds it shares a short story about themselves before passing it on.
  42. Memory Lane: Have each child bring in a photo from their childhood and share a favorite memory related to it.
  43. Hula Hoop Pass: Have everyone stand in a circle holding hands.  Place a hula hoop through a pair of hands. Everyone has to pass the hula hoop around the circle without letting go of their hands. 
  44. Superhero Self-Portraits: Have kids draw themselves as superheroes and share what their special superpower is.
  45. Dream Job Share: Have kids stand up and tell what they want to be when they grow up and why.
  46. Alphabetical Line-Up: Have kids all line up in alphabetical order (by first or last names) without talking. They’ll need to use hand gestures or other non-verbal cues to make it work!
  47. Never Have I Ever: Have everyone stand in a circle and holds up 5 fingers.  One person begins and says “Never have I ever___”  and says something they have never done. Everyone that has done it puts down one finger. Continue on and when someone runs out of fingers, they sit out of the circle. 
  48. Deserted Island: Put kids into small groups. They each can share what two or three things they would bring with them to a deserted island. 
  49. Design a Flag:  Give each child a blank piece of paper. Have them design a flag that represents them and their life. Have them present it to the class. 
  50. Word Association: Sit in a circle. One person starts by saying any word out loud. The person next to them has to say the first thing it makes them think of. Continue around the circle in the same way. 

I hope this resource helps you find a great activity to use!

Printable icebreaker getting to know you questions

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