A first date can cause nervous jitters for both males and females. Icebreakers, which are simple introduction games, are designed to ease nervousness and help new people feel comfortable with each other. If you're participating in a speed dating event, have the dates introduce themselves to each other in a fun way with icebreaker games to break through the getting-to-know you awkwardness. Icebreakers can help when you are going on a date with a particular person for the first time, too.
Two Truths and A Lie Game
Give paper and pencils out to each dating pair. Have them write down two truthful things about themselves and one lie about themselves. Each person must then share their facts with the other person. The other person has to guess which facts are the truth and which one is the lie. Tell the pairs to look at body language and facial expressions as a guide to help them decide between someone telling the truth and a lie.
Lollipop Introduction Game
Set a small jar of flavored lollipops on the dating pair's table. Have each person pick a lollipop out of the jar. According to the flavor, each person must use the lollipop as an acronym to describe themselves. For example, if a person picks a cherry lollipop, he would use the letters to describe his characteristics, such as "C" for Caring, "H" for Honest and so on. When both people are done, they can eat the lollipops or pick another lollipop and start another game.
Personal Flags Game
Put a small pack of colored pencils or markers on the dating pair's table. Give each person a piece of paper. Have them draw a flag with symbols and objects representing their favorite things or things they like to do. For example, if one of the players is a musician, he or she might draw a flag with microphones, guitars and music notes. Encourage the pair to make their flags as creative as possible. Once the pair is done, they must each share what their flag represents to the other person.
Good Questions Game
Compile a list of 10 creative and interesting questions such as, "If you could be a superhero, what would you be and why?" or "If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?" or "What was your favorite toy to play with as a child?" Print out copies and hand them out to each dating pair. Each person must go through the list and ask the other person the questions to get to know each other better.
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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.