July 6, 2011 · 1:56 am
Teens and adults
This icebreaker can be a fun way to start group activities. It uses Taco Bell ® hot sauce packets, which have quirky quotes on each packet (supposedly things that the hot sauce might say if it could talk). Participants will take turns drawing out a packet and pretending that the quote is a pick-up line they would use when meeting someone of the opposite sex. (Word of caution: some of the packets can be a bit racy (unintentionally)….you might want to hand-pick the packets you want to use.)
- A handful of Taco Bell hot sauce packets for each small group (of about 4-8 people)
- Alternately, you could print out the photos of the packets that are available on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com. The file name is “Taco Sauce Pickup Lines – Packet Photos (ICEBREAKER).”
- Bowls (optional)
· Get the taco sauce packets or print the file, and cut out the different packets so that each one is on a separate slip of paper.
· Put the packets or the slips of paper into bowls (one per group).
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “Does everyone here know what a pickup line is?” (If someone doesn’t, explain that pickup lines are things that a guy or a girl might say to someone of the opposite sex that they are interested in when they first meet them.)
- “Has anyone here ever heard a really bad pickup line?” (Let several people share their bad pickup lines with the rest of the group.)
- “Let’s do an icebreaker where we can practice some really bad pickup lines with each other.”
- “I’m going to divide you into small groups first.” (Divide participants into groups of 4-8 each, and give each group a bowl of sauce packets or paper slips. Try to get an even mix of guys and girls in each group.)
- “Okay, pick someone in your group to go first.” (Allow them to pick the person who goes first.)
- “That person should reach into the bowl and draw out a packet.”
- “Then, he or she has to turn to someone in the group of the opposite sex and pretend to meet them for the first time using the pickup line on the packet.”
- “Ham it up, and have fun with it!”
- “Then, the turn rotates clockwise to the next person.”
- “Keep going until you are out of packets.” (Let them begin. When they are done, you can ask them what their favorite pickup lines were from the icebreaker. If you would like to use this as a teachable moment, you can ask the following Debrief Questions.)
- How did you feel whenever you were given one of the pickup lines? …whenever you were the ones delivering them?
- Why don’t you think pickup lines usually work?
- What do you think is a better way to get to know someone new?
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February 18, 2011 · 7:54 am
This fun icebreaker can be an energizing way to engage participants. It’s a “personality assessment,” but it’s just for fun; there is no scientific value to the results.
- Paper for each participant
- Pens, pencils and colored markers for each participant
- Printout of the “Pig Analysis” sheet (at the end of this lesson)
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “Let’s start out our time together by getting to know each other.”
- “We’ll do it in a funny way.”
- “On the sheet of paper that each of you has, I would like you to each draw a pig.”
- “Make it as detailed as you like.” (Allow 5 minutes for drawing the pig.)
- “Now that you’ve drawn your pig, I’m going to help you do some analysis to see what your drawing tells us about you.” (Read each of the descriptions on the “Pig Analysis” sheet. Keep it light and fun.)
- “Take a few minutes, and share your Pig Analysis with your table.”
- “Tell them if you think it is accurate or not.”
- “So, what do you think? Does your Pig Analysis match your personality?”
- “Okay, this was not a scientific instrument, so any truth it contained was probably accidental….or was it?” (You might want to have participants put their names on their pictures and post them around the room.)
If the pig is drawn:
Toward the top of the paper – You have a tendancy to be positive and optimistic.
Toward the middle – You have a tendency to be a realist.
Toward the bottom – You have a tendency to be pessimistic and may be
prone to behaving negatively.
Facing left – You have a tendency to believe in tradition and be friendly; you may also be prone to remembering dates well.
Facing Right – You have a tendency to be innovative and active, but may be prone to forgetting dates easily and may not have a strong sense of family.
Facing front – You have a tendency to be direct, and may enjoy playing the role of devil’s advocate; you also are prone to neither fearing nor avoiding confrontational discussions.
With many details – You have a tendency to be analytical, but may also be prone to being cautious to the point that you struggle with trust.
With few details – You have a tendency to be emotional and to focus on the larger picture rather than focusing on details. You also have a tendency to be
a great risk taker and may sometimes be prone to reckless and impulsive decisions.
With less than 4 legs showing – May indicate that you are living through a major period of change and as a result you may be prone to struggling with insecurities.
With 4 legs showing – You have a tendency to be secure and to stick to your ideals; however, others may describe you as stubborn.
With large ears – Indicates how good of a listener you are (the bigger, the better).
With a long tail – Indicates how intelligent you are (the longer, the better)
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