Circle games during LIVE HS/MS Choose which one you want to play or come up with you own
One person leaves, group is given something to act out, person comes back to guess
Rock paper scissors
Everyone is against one person in the middle. If you lose against the person in the middle you sit down. Last person standing wins that round and gets to go in the middle.
Zip Zap Zop
This most basic version of them game isn’t very challenging, but will get a group moving and using their voice, and get them used to paying attention and responding. It’s great for the start of a class! Here are the rules-
The first player claps their hands, says “Zip", and points at another player in the circle.
The player that was pointed to must immediately clap and point at someone else in the circle (including the previous player), saying “Zap".
The third player continues the pattern, this time using the word “Zop".
The pattern of words repeats, going: “Zip", “Zap", Zop", “Zip", “Zap" etc.
If anyone hesitates or says the wrong word, they take a strike.
Three strikes and a player loses, which ends the round.
Try to play the game with some speed to increase the chances of a mistake.
How To Play Two Truths And A Tale
For this great get to know you game, each person must make three statements about themselves, one of which isn't true.
For example: I have two brothers, I was born in Australia, I have a motorcycle.
This works best when you give the group some time to think of their statements, and write them down if they need.
Once one person makes their statements, the rest of the group must guess, or vote on, which statement is the tale. You could play as a team, or individually. It could work well to get each group member to write down their own answers and see who gets the most correct.
How To Play Never Have I Ever
Hold out 5 fingers (well, 4 and your thumb) Go around the circle and one at a time, each person announces something that they have never done, beginning the sentence with the phrase "Never have I ever..." For example, a person could say, "Never have I ever been to Europe." For each statement that is said, all the other players drop a finger if they have done that statement. So, if three other people have been to Europe before, those three people must put down a finger, leaving them with 4 fingers. The goal is to stay in the game the longest (to be the last person with fingers remaining).
To win, it's a good strategy to say statements that most people have done, but you haven't. Be creative and silly (but not rude, of course).
In the Middle
For this icebreaker game, you'll need to form a circle with chairs. You have one person in the middle. You can call that person the monkey in the middle.
The monkey in the middle can be blindfolded or close their eyes. While having their eyes closed, they spin around 3 times with their finger pointed out. They stop, open their eyes. The person they are pointing at is their challenge.
They have to do something while staying in the circle to get them to laugh. Either by making a funny face or doing some kind of goofy dance. If the person sitting down laughs, they get up and it's their turn. If they don't laugh the person in the middle has to close their eyes and start over again with a new person. The time limit to get someone to laugh is 2 minutes tops.
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