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Top 10 Active Ice Breakers

Get Your Students on Their Feet and Moving. Energized!


Need to get your students on their feet and moving? Try these top 10 active ice breakers when you need to wake up your class.

1. Feel Good Stretches

Lunging - Kinetic Ice Breakers - And Images - Getty
And Images - Getty
Stretching is one of the all-time best kinetic ice breakers or energizers you can do to get the juices flowing. It doesn’t take much, you don’t have to change clothes, and it just plain feels good. When the blahs set in, get your students up on their feet and lead them in a short round of stretches.

2. Drum Jam

A simple drum jam can be a fun and easy kinetic ice breaker or energizer to wake up your class. All you need is your hands on your desks. Start with a few rhythm exercises and let the jamming begin.

3. Scarf Juggling

Scarf juggling will get your class up, moving, and laughing. The cross-body movement also stimulates both sides of the brain, so when the exercise is over, your students will be ready to learn.

4. Rhythm Recap

When it's time to recap what you've just taught, recap with rhythm. Remember the old game where you sat in a circle, slapped your knees, clapped your hands and snapped your fingers? Slap, slap, clap, clap, snap right, snap left.

5. Brainstorm Race

A brainstorm race is a great way to review topics you've already covered, and have some energizing fun in the process. Teams race to brainstorm and list as many items as they can in a certain amount of time---without speaking!

6. People Bingo

People Bingo Card
Deb Peterson
People Bingo is one of the most popular ice breakers because it's so easy to customize for your particular group and situation, and everyone knows how to play it.

7. 2-Minute Mixer

People Mixing
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You may have heard of 8-minute dating, where 100 people meet for an evening full of 8-minute dates. They talk to one person for 8 minutes and then move on to the next. Eight minutes is a long time in the classroom, so we’ll call this ice breaker a 2-minute mixer. Ready? Go!

8. Photo Scavenger Hunt

Photo Scavenger Hunt
Deb Peterson
A picture is worth a thousand words. Almost everyone has a photo or two in their wallet, especially when you’ve got a room full of adults, or even better, baby boomers with grandchildren. The photo scavenger hunt is on!

9. Beach Ball Buzz

Beach Ball by Teebs / Flickr
Teebs / Flickr
Have a little beach fun without leaving your classroom. Beach Ball Buzz can be as fun as you choose depending on the questions you write on the ball. Make them related to your topic or completely frivolous and fun.

10. Where in the World? (the active version)

Dunn's River Falls by Jim Amorin - Flickr
Jim Amorin - Flickr
The more technology brings us together, the smaller the world becomes. Where in the world are you from? Or, where in the world is your favorite place?
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