Icebreaker bingo is a game that can be used for any newly formed groups to become more familiar or comfortable with each other. It is almost virtually a free resource for groups to use in order to become closer. This game can be employed in many different settings and institutions, such as schools, sports teams, and other various instances where icebreakers can be useful. The steps in playing the game are also very understandable and easy to do.
Here, I am going to discuss the steps that Icebreaker bingo takes in order to be one of the most successful icebreakers game for a group.
The first thing that the game needs is for the leader or leaders of the game, the people that want to implement this to a new group, to make a five by four grid on a piece of paper.
You will then have to fill in the squares on the grid. These squares are to be filled in with certain facts or interesting information from different members of the group. It is very important that some of these facts be exclusive to just a few group members. It is also important that every group member has at least one square that applies to them.
Tip– Examples of some of the things you can put in a bingo square are stuff like, ‘Has brown eyes,’ or ‘Knows a foreign language.’ It can be a physical characteristic, a hobby or a skill, as long as it relates to at least one of your group members.
The next step is easy, and is the part the requires the most materials. The game leaders will make copies of the finished grids, so that each group member receives a ‘bingo card’.
Now comes the part where the actual game begins. The group will get together with their bingo cards, and each individual will talk to other group members in order to find whichever grid fact they need to cross out. If they find a person that relates to a certain square, they have that person sign off on the square.
Give the group around ten minutes to complete the activity and cross out as many squares as possible. Then have them all come together to share some of the interesting facts that they found out about each other.
If you follow the instructions above, the game should go smoothly and act as an excellent game to break the ice within newly forming groups.
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