our everyday life

Icebreaker Games for High School Students

by Wannikki Taylor, studioD

New social settings and meeting new people can bring nervous jitters to many high school students. Icebreaker games are a fun way for high school students to introduce themselves and to feel more at ease among fellow students. Group introduction games will give them opportunities to make new friends and acquaintances.

Common Interests

Tell students to break up into groups of three. Have groups talk among themselves for 15 minutes to find three uncommon things they have in common. Obvious things like hair color, eye color or age are not allowed. For example, all three group members may like mint chocolate chip ice cream, volunteering to help others or vacationing in Florida. After each group is finished, have them share the three things they have in common with everyone else.

Name Memory

Tell students to sit in a circle. Have one student introduce himself by stating his first name and the name of a city with the same first letter as his first name. He might say, "Hello, My name is Chase and I'm from Chicago." The next person will say what the first person said and introduce herself. She would say, "This is Chase from Chicago and I'm Olivia from Orlando." Each student in the circle must say what the people before them said and then introduce themselves. Continue playing until each student gets a turn.

Fun Facts

Pour colored chocolate candies into a large bowl. Assign a different meaning to each color. For example, blue means family, red means hobbies and yellow means friends. Tell each student to take as many candies from the bowl as they would like. The number of candies they choose equals the number of facts they will share about themselves with everyone else. The colors they choose signify what the facts will be about. For instance, if a student picked three red candies, he would tell three facts about his hobbies.

Hidden Identity

Have each student write down the name of a famous person like a celebrity or athlete on a piece of paper. Have each student tape the piece of paper on another student. Tell students to go around the room and ask others yes or no questions about the person on their back. For example, "Is she a blonde?" is a valid question, but "What color is her hair?" is not valid. Students should only be able to ask one question to each student. The student who can guess the celebrity on his back with the least amount of questions wins.

About the Author

Wannikki Taylor is a professional writer with a Bachelors of Arts in journalism from Temple University. She serves as a children's columnist and covers family entertainment for several print and online publications. She specializes in games, crafts and party planning ideas for kids and their families.

Photo Credits

  • Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images