51 Fun Team Icebreakers

 

Everyone will most likely recall their first day walking into a new workplace, college, marketing team, or corporate meeting. The new environment comes with challenges, and one of them is having to introduce oneself to a bunch of strangers. While the regular method of introduction is one of the ways to get acquainted with team members, it is not the most efficient, or the most fun, method. This is where icebreakers come in handy!

 
 

Icebreakers are designed to help familiarize people through the sharing of names, background information, and other personal/professional information in a fun and exciting way. They can help introduce team members in an informal, yet intimate way, while helping participants relax and ease into a meeting or training.

 

Icebreakers break through the shy, awkward feeling that most people encounter when around strangers. These activities can be used in a number of surroundings: social gatherings, schools, work settings, and sport teams. Any time you have a group of people getting together for the first time, try an icebreaker!

The group leader should first and foremost consider the age/size of the team. They should consider whether the topics in question are familiar or unfamiliar to group members, or whether participants hail from different backgrounds. When choosing team icebreakers, it is necessary to be conscious of the team dynamics. The selected activities should accommodate every team member, and no one should be forced to reveal information or participate in an uncomfortable event. Ideally, the icebreakers should be in line with the topic of discussion or the goal of the entire team.

 

This list of icebreakers is recommended for team members; whether they know each other or have never met before. The list is detailed and is sure to provide some of the best team icebreakers. The games are not in any particular order, but can be tweaked to suit the goal of the day or to suit the given environment. In most cases, these icebreakers will require the guidance of a team leader or facilitator.

 
 
Introductions / 
Who am I?

Members pair up and are given five minutes to share vital information about each other. Each member is then asked to introduce a partner to the rest of the team.

 
 
Two Truths and a Lie
 

Every team member is required to write down THREE things on a piece of paper. Two are true, and one is false. Every member should then read out the three ‘facts’ while the rest of the group votes which ones are true and which is a lie.

 
 
Networking Bingo

Each contestant is issued with a pre-printed bingo card and a pen. The card should have 5-7 unique characteristics. Each member is then required to move around (network) the room and identify another team member who fits the details in the sheet. That person then signs the box. Once a player has all of his/her choices filled, that person yells BINGO! And everyone stops to allow that person to read the traits. One rule is that no name should be used more than once. Once a winner is determined, the winner’s card can be used to introduce the rest of the team members

 
 
Seating Plan

Ask contestants to arrange their seats according to their first name or in order of their birthday. This encourages mingling and conversations!

 
 
Wallet/Purse Introductions

The contestants have to pull out an item from their purse or wallets and explain how the item represents them. This is an especially fun project when people carry pictures in their wallets.

 
 
Lollipop

Pass out lollipops to every group member and ask the participants to read the flavors. For every letter appearing in the flavor, members should say something about themselves to the group.

 
 
Summer Activities Name Game

Team members introduce themselves and disclose their summer activity. First, they should present themselves with their first names. Then they can reveal any activities that they partook in summer that starts with the same letter as their first names.

 
 
Name and Number

Members write down their name on one side of a card and number on the other then tape the card to their shirt with only the names showing. They then walk around and introduce themselves to as many people as they can. After some mingling, everyone is required to turn his or her card so that the number shows instead of the name. Team members should then write down – on a numbered piece of paper- as many names as they can recall, to the corresponding number.

 
 
Telephone

The group sits in a circle, and the team leader shares a message with the next person in the circle. The secret is then shared across the circle, but should not be repeated twice to the same person. Once the secret is back to its source (team leader), it is shared with everyone, and a comparison is made with the original information.

 
 
Would You Rather?

Would you rather (eat peas or bananas? Use a bus or airplane? Read a book or watch a movie?). Questions may range depending on the motive of the team. First, the contestants straddle a tape then jump left or right depending on their answers.

 
 
Famous Pairs / Faces

Team members are required to identify the names of famous persons/celebrities. The nametag of the famous person is then taped on the back of each group player – the member should not see the tape on his/her back. The members are then asked to identify who they are. Each participant is allowed to loiter in the room and ask questions that can only be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’

 
 
I Have Never

Each participant starts with some candy then goes round the circle completing the sentence, “I have never…” If a member has done what the leading contestant has never done, they have to give that contestant some candies.

 
 
Hog Call

Divide the team into pairs and ask each pair to choose two things, either a machine or animal. The members must decide who is which: animal or machine. Each pair then distributes to opposite sides of the room, and everyone is required to close their eyes. Every individual is required to identify another by the sound that person makes. The task requires some supervision.

 
 
Pile of Hats

The candidates are required to gather as many hats as they can and place them in the middle of the room. Group members should then sit in a circle around the hats. Each member is then given a chance to pick a hat of their choice, giving a reason why the hat represents them and how they feel at that moment. Everyone is given an opportunity to select a hat and give an explanation.

 
 
Marooned

Split the group into smaller teams. Members should then answer how many items – limited to five – they would have brought with them if they were to be left behind on an island. Members are limited to five items per team and not per person.

 
 
Pat on the Back

Each person is required to draw an outline of his/her hand on a sheet of paper, which is then taped behind one’s back. Every team member then writes something positive on the back of another member.

 
 
String Necklaces

The objective of this game is to get as many strings as possible on one’s neck by getting other members to say “no” to one’s questions. Tie a necklace or yarn around everyone’s neck and ask some questions. If anyone responds with a “no,” he/she has to surrender his/her necklace.

 
 
Demographics

Brainstorm background data that the contestants may be interested in knowing about each member (for example, age, education, etc.). In reference to the demographics, have every participant choose who they are.

 
 
Where Are You?

Before members meet, the team leader needs to pick a date and ask everyone what they were doing on that date.

 
 
We Are One

One member provides a classification upon which all the other members organize themselves. For example, the member can ask those wearing black shoes to stand together.

 
 
Human Knot

Participants stand in a circle, shoulder to shoulder, and stretch their left hand into the middle of the circle to join with another person (not directly to his/her left or right). Each participant then places his/her right hand into the circle to join hands with another person. After their hands have tangled, they are required to untangle without breaking grips within the group.

 
 
Partner TV Commercials

Members are divided into groups of two and asked to interview each other within a limited time- say 3 minutes. Each member is then given a minute to come up with a television commercial marketing the other partner.

 
 
Uncle Fred’s Suitcase

In a circle, the first person (a volunteer) starts the game with “I packed Uncle Fred’s suitcase with………..” then names some object or item. The person seated next to the first person must then repeat what the volunteer has said, and add his/her item. The game continues around the circle, and each participant is required to recite the previous object/items then add another. The members are allowed to help a partner who forgets some object. After the last person has repeated the details and added his/hers, the entire group then stands to recite what is in the suitcase: “ I packed Uncle Fred’s suitcase with…..,…..,……..,……., etc. The object/items can be replaced with the member’s names.

 
 
Contrasting Statement

The leader comes up with a list of contrasting groups, for example, day/night. After each pair is revealed, the entire team should divide into two and join the group that they best relate to (for example day). Within each group, members are asked to explain their choice.

 
 
Hometown

A large outline of state or country is placed on the floor or wall, and participants are required to put their hometowns and names on the map. Participants then proceed to share more information about their hometowns and how they joined the team.

 
 
M&Ms / Pass It Around

A bag of M&Ms is required for introducing groups to each other. One group sits in a circle, and the bag is moved around. Team members are expected to help themselves with the M&Ms, but not to eat them. Once the bag has been around the entire circle, each member must reveal one thing about himself/herself for every M&M taken. This activity has some variations.

 
 
The Question Web

Members stand in a circle. The leader holds the end of a spool of wool or string and throws it to one member to catch. The member then chooses to answer a question (from a list of already prepared questions). Holding the string, he or she then releases it to another team member who repeats the same method (chooses another question to answer). In the end, a web is created, and team members learn more about each player.

 
 
All Together Now

Divide the team into groups depending on the number. It can be groups of three, four, or five. Colleagues in each cluster are then required to talk about themselves (including their dislikes and likes). The aim is to find three things in common to the other members of the group.

 
 
Superlatives

Each participant is asked to study the group composition and decide on a superlative adjective that describes themselves in reference to others (fastest, most organized, happiest, etc.). The participants then give more details about their choice.

 
 
All Together Now

Divide the team into groups depending on the number. It can be groups of three, four, or five. Colleagues in each cluster are then required to talk about themselves (including their dislikes and likes). The aim is to find three things in common to the other members of the group.

 
 
Superlatives

Each participant is asked to study the group composition and decide on a superlative adjective that describes themselves in reference to others (fastest, most organized, happiest, etc.). The participants then give more details about their choice.

 
 
Balloons

Use small pieces of papers to prepare questions and put those questions inside a balloon. Have each team member pop a balloon to retrieve a question and answer the question to the group.

 
 
Name Tag

Every member needs to make a nametag that includes a picture. The picture (symbol, cartoon, building, nature) should be able to say something about that person. Alternatively, people can write answers to specific questions (for example, where do you live?) in the corner. Every person should then be given a chance to explain his/her drawing.

 
 
Common Ground

Give the team members a specific time (say 7 minutes) to write down a list of all the things they have in common, but they should avoid the obvious. Once the time elapses, each group should disclose the number of items they have listed and reveal any unusual details.

 
 
Blanket Name Game

The entire team is divided into two groups and asked to sit on the floor facing each other. A blanket is placed between the groups so that each team cannot view the other. A member from one of the teams is quietly asked to move to the blanket until all members face each other – but cannot view each other because of the blanket. On the count of three, the blanket is dropped, and each person is expected to remember the name of the person facing him/her.

 
 
Chaos / Toss a Name

Organize contestants in a circle and ensure everyone introduces himself/herself. One player then begins by tossing an object to another, saying, “Hi, Name of Person.” Once the other person catches the object, he/she says, “Thanks, Name of tosser.” The receiver then calls upon another person before tossing the object to him or her. After the ball has been thrown for some time, a second ball can be added to make it more interesting.

 
 
Talent Show

Team members are given a chance to name and share the talent of their choice. This game enables the members to share the skills they have.

 
 
Conversations

Every contestant is given a sheet of paper with some instructions. The instructions should be structured in a way to ensure every member speaks to everyone around.

 
 
Personal Coat of Arms

Every person is given a sheet of paper with a blank coat of arms. Each participant is required to respond to specific statements/questions in each quadrant. Each participant is then asked to draw a motto or symbol about his/her shield that is representative of him/her. Participants should then share their results with the group.

 
 
Interview / Fun Facts

Divide the team members into pairs then ask them to interview each other. Each interviewer should aim to find three unique facts about their interviewee. Everyone should then be asked to present the three facts about their partner to the rest of the team.

 
 
Paper Plate Dates

Each participant is given a paper plate and asked to draw the face of a clock on the plate. With a horizontal line next to each number, each member is required to walk around to find a ‘date’ for each hour. Once everyone has found a date, he/she is required to write his/her name on the line. The whole point is that no member can have a ‘date’ with more than one person per hour. The date can only take place if each pair has the same time available. The team leader can then speed up time to allow a few minutes for each hour after everyone has made a date. Each pair should get the chance to know each other. For this exercise, gender is not an issue.

 
 
Personal Coat of Arms

Every person is given a sheet of paper with a blank coat of arms. Each participant is required to respond to specific statements/questions in each quadrant. Each participant is then asked to draw a motto or symbol about his/her shield that is representative of him/her. Participants should then share their results with the group.

 
 
Interview / Fun Facts

Divide the team members into pairs then ask them to interview each other. Each interviewer should aim to find three unique facts about their interviewee. Everyone should then be asked to present the three facts about their partner to the rest of the team.

 
 
Who’s Done That?

Prepare a list of around 20-25 skills or experiences that are relevant to the team. Make enough copies for everyone and ensure there is sufficient space below each item. Let every person find someone who can sign one of the lines. The signee should leave their name and contact information.

 
 
Ball Toss

Everyone should stand up to form a circle and face each other. Toss a bean bag or ball to a person and have that person share an interesting fact. That person then throws the ball to another player who is also required to share some facts.

 
 
Dear Dolores

Participants sit in a circle, and each person starts by giving their name accompanied with an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name (E.g. Industrious Ian, Happy Helen). The next contestant repeats the person’s name and adjective followed by his or her name and adjective. The process continues in the circle.

 
 
Lifelines

A ‘lifeline’ is drawn across a massive sheet of paper, and each member is required to mark a date (each date needs labeling for explanation) on the line that represents specific moments in their lives: turning points, lows, highs or other significant events. Each member then shares their dates with the other players. The group is then given a chance to ask questions about each other’s lifelines.

 
 
Did You See It?

Members take turns asking each other questions about their environment (college/workplace/home). For example, what is the name of the new receptionist? The game investigates how much attention people pay to their surroundings.

 
 
Traffic Lights

Divide members into teams and draw traffic lights on a chart in front of the room. The lights are representative of action plans: what they need to stop doing (red light), what they should minimize doing (yellow light), and what they should continue doing (green light). Each participant should then write his/her traffic lights and explain it to the group.

 
 
Me Too

Each contestant is given ten scraps of papers or pennies. The first person then states what he/she has done, and everyone else who has done the same thing must admit and put their paper or penny in the middle of the table. The second person states something else (e.g. I have never gone skiing) and anyone who agrees puts another penny in the center. The game continues until one person runs out of pennies.

 

 
 
Important Item

Participants are required to bring something of significance with them. Every member is then given a chance to explain why that thing is necessary. In some cases, players can be given an opportunity to guess the owner of a given item.

 
 
Animal Imitation

Arrange chairs in a circle and label each chair with the name of a particular animal. The team members are required to replicate the gestures and sounds associated with the animals in question. Members then rotate and imitate the animal labeled on their new chair.

 
 
The Shoe Game

One participant is selected to receive positive feedback from the other team members. Once that person has received feedback from everyone, another person is chosen. There are a number of ways to perform this activity.

 
 
Progressive Story

This exercise requires that members know each other and feel comfortable discussing personal issues. For this game, listening is crucial, but members do not have to sit in a circle. The team leader begins the story and in no special order, another group member picks up the story adding another element to the plot. The main idea is to ensure everyone adds something. The progression of the story is representative of the member’s emotions.

 
 
Positive Bombardment / Feedback

The group is required to stand in a large circle, shoulder to shoulder. Members are then expected to remove their shoes. At the team leader’s command, every member runs to the middle of the circle and throws their shoes in the pile. The first person then chooses a pair of shoe- that is not his/hers- and makes a statement about the owner based on the appearance of the shoes. The shoe owner then comes forth and introduces himself/herself to the other members before picking another pair of shoes to ‘analyze.’ The process is repeated until everyone has been introduced based on their shoes.

 

The team leader should come up with some follow up questions for each icebreaker. The questions should be used to rate the effectiveness of each icebreaker tried. 

If you enjoyed these 51 Team Icebreakers you might also want to check out our 76 Icebreaker Questions.

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13 Fun Outdoor Games for Kids of All Ages

When it comes to the great outdoors, there’s plenty of games that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, and in some instances, even the parents! Playing outdoor games is a great way to get your kids out of the house. Besides all the fun they will have, there are also a ton of proven benefits associated with outdoor games.

Playing outdoors ensures our children are getting the necessary amount of exercise, and helps develop the muscles and coordination of children as a result. Best of all, engaging in outdoor games allows for the development of other important life skills, such as social interaction.

In this regard, we look at some outdoor games that have become popular with children. Some games are more classic, while others have been introduced quite recently.

List of Outdoor Games for Kids

Potato Sack Race

We begin the list with an instant classic, one of the best outdoor games for kids, that was first introduced back in the 1800s, also known as ‘gunny races,’ potato sack races become the main attraction at many a carnival. They say a classic never dies, and this is true for the much beloved potato sack race.

The game can be played with a minimum of two players, the maximum is completely up to you. The players line up while standing in potato sacks, and upon the blow of the whistles, hop their way across the finish line!

If you don’t have any potato sacks, the pillow cases will do. If you want to make this a family tradition, perhaps consider purchasing burlap sacks for this very purpose!

A fun-filled outdoor game that even adults can join in with.

Balloon Volleyball

We’re all familiar with the game of volleyball, and while a real of volleyball poses certain safety risks for young children, Balloon Volleyball is a much more laid back affair.

All that is needed for a game of Balloon Volleyball are some balloons and a piece of string. To play: players lie on their backs and kick a loose balloon back and forth over a line of string pulled tight as the “net”. Should the balloon touch the ground, the other player is awarded a point, much like regular volley ball.

If you don’t happen to have any string, then a row of toys or a sheet makes a great alternative.

Also consider playing this with a group! You can find giant balloons online here, and use of these on a much larger playing field outside!

Outdoor Games for Kids: Boochie

Boochie is game that takes elements from a series of different ball games, and combines them into one action-packed game that provides hours of fun for adults and children alike.

The Boochie set comes complete with 4 rings, 4 bean balls, 4 wrist trackers and 1 twelve-sided Boochie ball, and all of this can be transported within the carry bag included.

Boochie turns the world of ball games on its head, by offer children a series of fun throwing challenges that’s guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours due to the variety of different games available.

Hide and Seek

As well as being a tried-and-tested classic, Hide and Seek requires no upfront investment whatsoever. All you need is somewhere with plenty of places to hide! Days out in the park can become much more enjoyable with a simple game of hide and seek, as children just love hiding from others.

In case you aren’t familiar or need a refresher, in order to play one player must cover their eyes and count up to a specific number. Consider counting for longer with littler kids who might take a minute to find a spot. Once the number has been reached, the counter must then go and seek out the others. If you want to mix up things a little, you can instill a ‘home base’ which can people can retreat to if they feel they have been hiding for too long.

If you plan to play this game outside, make sure to set clear boundaries with your children so they understand how far they are allowed to go. This game may be innocent and have low risk, but it is always better to be careful if you are in a public place to ensure your children’s safety.

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Kick the Can

If the kids have enjoyed a good game of hide and seek and are looking to take things to the next level, then why not consider a game of Kick the Can?

All that is required for a game of Kick the Can is a can, bucket or anything that can effectively be kicked over. A holding pen is then designated for all the captured players to be held.

Like Hide and Seek, a player is allocated as ‘it’ and must cover their eyes and count while their friends seek out hiding places. However, when players are captured, they are placed within the holding pen. If one of the un-captured players are able to kick the can that is placed in the middle of the play area, then all captured players are released.

The game is over when all those hiding have been placed into the holding pen. If you wanted to add another level of complexity to this game, consider dividing the children in half and playing with teams! This can help even the odds if you are playing with a wide age range of chidren.

Swingball

Although a staple in many homes, there are those who may not be aware of how much fun Swingball actually is. You may be asking yourself how much fun can a ball a string really be, but many families turn to Swingball for some much-need respite and bonding time.

Whether there’s only one of you, or ten of you, a simple game of Swingball is not only energetic, but helps fill an otherwise mundane weekend. This is a game easily stored in your garage or backyard, and helps get you and your kids out of the house!

Lawn Scrabble

Scrabble is a popular word game that’s been part of many get social gatherings and Christmas celebrations. Playing the game on the lawn could prove to be troublesome, due to the uneven surface and the size of the playing pieces. However, if you’re still keen to inject some learning while the children are outside, then why not play ‘Lawn Scrabble.’

All that is needed for a game of Lawn Scrabble is some large pieces of cardboard and some marker pens to make up your letter pieces. Once complete, simply turn the lawn into a giant Scrabble play area, using the same rules as its smaller counterpart.

Not only is Lawn Scrabble a lot of fun, but it’s also very cost-effective.

Klutz DIY Piñata

Although piñatas are built for destruction, that doesn’t stop them being a lot of fun, especially for children. Often a staple of children’s birthday parties, piñatas can also be used to entertain children at a loose end while out in the garden or park.

Klutz Piñata Kit Maker not only allows children to enjoy a game of piñata when the fancy takes them, but they can also decorate them to their own specifications. If you have a birthday party coming up, why not ask the children to help you with the making of the piñatas’.

Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light is one of those games that’s so simple, anyone can pick it up. Children stand behind a starting line, and another child will stand about 30 feet in front of them, with their back turned. They will then be responsible for shouting out two commands, one being red light, the other green light.

Like the traffic lights that inspired the game, the children at the starting line must respond to these signals. So when green light is shouted, the children must try and tag the child shouting the commands. However, as soon as the child shouts red light, all children must stop. The child will then turn around, and if they catch anyone moving, that child will be sent back to the starting line.

Red Light, Green Light is a true test of nerves as well as a game that really raises the excitement level. Trying to reach the child before the stop signal is announced can really get the blood pumping, adding to the fun factor of the game. This makes for a classic outdoor game, a game that needs lots of room to move around!

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Mabua Ring Toss Game

Ring toss games have always been enjoyable, whether you play them at the fun fair, or at home. Finding things for children to do while exploring the outside world can be challenging, especially if you’ve exhausted other avenues. However, the Mabua Ring Toss Game is a fully mobile bundle of fun that will keep the children entertained for hours.

Complete with its own carry-case, the Mabua Ring Toss Game can be transported to a number of outdoor venues. So whether you’ve a weekend of camping ahead, or lazy Sunday in the garden with the family, the Mabua Ring Toss Game is a great investment that will ensure you’re never at a loose end while enjoying the great outdoors.

Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a game that has been enjoyed by almost every generation. While today’s world is filled with a number of entertainment channels, it can be hard to believe that such a simple game can still be enjoyed by children. The fact is that many children love a game of hopscotch, and it all it takes is some creativity.

If you have a paved area in the back garden, then your child can create a hopscotch playing area with some chalk, which can be easily washed away afterwards. Similarly, if you’re looking to play the game in the back garden, you may want to create a play area by investing in a hopscotch play mat.

The basic rules behind hopscotch is that an object, such as a small stone, or beanbag, is aimed towards the number 1 grid in the play area. The player must then hop through the squares, ensuring they do not miss any or step on any lines. On the way back the player retrieves the object and then passes it to the next player. On the next turn, the child would aim for the number 2 on the grid, and simply repeat the process.

The other reason that hopscotch is so popular is the fact that the play area can be fully customized as you see fit. So a game of hopscotch can be as easy or as challenging as a child wants it. Different playing areas allow for a series of different outcomes.

Get the kids outside the house and jumping around! Hopscotch is a sure way to burn off any extra energy they may have!

Air Scoop Ball 

Ball games are always a popular choice for keeping children entertained while they’re outside, but sometimes the same old ball games can become monotonous. Fortunately, the Air Scoop Ball play set allows children to enjoy the excitement of catching a serving a ball, while improving their hand-to-eye co-ordination.

The Fun Air Scoop Ball set is a set that only requires a small investment. It can be used for a number of outdoor activities. So regardless of whether you’re visiting the beach, or playing the back garden, this fun little set will provide players with hours of fun.

Simon Says

What could be more fun for a kid than telling other children what to do? This alone could be why the game Simon Says is played globally and enjoyed by children of all ages. Some may not have experienced the game yet. Seeing as the game can be played without spending a dollar, it’s certainly worth considering. If you’re looking for some inspiration for outdoor games this is a solid option.

A selected child will issue a set of requests to the other children, such as ‘put your hands on your heads’ or ‘touch your nose.’ However, the demands must be started with ‘Simon says’ otherwise any requests carried out will mean that child is out of the game.

This is a game that’s not only fun, but actually promotes how children process information before they act on it, really giving their brains a workout in the process.

KanJam

KanJam was first introduced as Garbage Pail Frisbee in the 80s, but fear not, the game has been cleaned up a lot since its first guide. Now known as KanJam, the aim of the game is to aim your Frisbee into the can of your opponent, while trying to defect any Frisbees aiming towards your can.

KanJam can require a slightly larger space to be played, so if you’re planning a day out in the park or on the beach, then this can be the ideal travel companion to ensure boredom is kept at bay.

While Kanjam is slightly more expensive than some of the other games available, the price is reflected in the quality of the product. The tins are highly durable, so there’s very little chance of the cans being damaged in the first one or two games.

Final Thoughts

These are just a mere selection of the many outdoor games for kids available. Most of these games require very little investment. Little by little, it won’t be long before you have a vast selection of outdoor games in your arsenal. Its the little games like these that make vacations, reunions, and trips to the grandparents house memorable.

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List Of Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas To Try

 

Looking for scavenger hunt ideas? We got your back.

There are 2 types of party games that every party needs to keep the excitement levels up – scavenger hunts and treasure hunts. Though both involve finding hidden things, there is a big difference between the two.

A scavenger hunt starts with a list of things to find and a set time for finding them. There are no clues given to help the players find the items. They have to scavenge for them.

A treasure hunt has no time limit and the players are given clues to help them find the hidden treasure.

We understand you are more interested in the scavenger hunt, so we’ve prepared the ultimate list of scavenger hunt ideas for your next party (or just a great family afternoon).

Scavenger Hunt Ideas

 

Backyard Hunt

Hide some items all around your backyard and give the players a list of the things to find. This can be played as an individual or team game. To spice things up, make a different list for each player or team but include one item common to both. Make the common item especially difficult to find. We hope your backyard is large enough to harbor several players for the best experience.

 

Neighborhood Hunt

This is a variation of the backyard scavenger hunt. The only twist is that the hunting ground is now extended to part of the neighborhood or the entire neighborhood. It is especially good if all the kids in the neighborhood participate. Be sure to inform all the stakeholders in your neighborhood about your planned game. This type of scavenger hunt can get wild since the game area is huge! You’ll have a lot of fun.

 

Nature Hunt

Make a list of nature-related things for the players to find or see. Extra points for finding particular colors, e.g. a red flower. This is a great way to get children to explore nature and learn about the natural things around them while having a great time. A great opportunity to teach your loved ones.

 

Five Senses

Have the players find things associated with the five senses. Be sure to be specific so as to avoid the kids touching or tasting what they shouldn’t. For example, they can look for a sour lemon, a soft teddy, or a loud drum. Make sure there is ample supervision for this game. It can easily get out of hand.

 

Family Reunion

This is especially fun at family gatherings. Hide old photos of family members and have the players find and match them to their current faces. This should be a lot of fun for the whole family. We can’t help but feel bad for our grandmothers and fathers, as they probably look different than when their best pictures were taken. You can make up for this by inviting them to the game, though!

 

Wild Animal

Have the players find wild animals. No, not in the jungle. Get a packet of miniature plastic wild animals and hide them for the players to find. You can also use pictures in place of the plastic toys. A very immersive scavenger hunt variation, since you can roam the woods behind your house and pretend you’re stuck in the Jurassic.

 

Outdoor Motor Sensory

Players can look for something that is related to their motor senses. For example, they can find something to climb over or under, something to swing on, or something to balance on their heads. Though most of these can be found naturally, you might have to improvise or create some for yourself – like a rope tied to a branch in the case of something to swing on. Take care though – branches can snap. Be careful!

 

St. Patrick’s

In this variation of a scavenger hunt, players have to scavenge for a list of green things. Make a list of green socks, green cups, green hats, green leaf, or anything you have on hand that is green. You can adapt this one to suit whatever holiday is approaching or being celebrated.

 

Solve the Riddle

This is an interesting variation of the scavenger hunt that is suitable for all ages but can be more interesting for older kids or adults. Instead of the ordinary list of things to find or do, players have to solve a riddle whose answer is the object they are to hunt for. We hope your players are intelligent if you’re going to pick this, though, as it can stress some people out.

 

The Bakery

Create a list of baking ingredients and have the players find them. Once they’ve found everything on the list, go ahead and bake a cake (or something else simple). A superb game that brings everyone together after a bout of intense competition! Is there anything better than proper sportsmanship after a hard-won game?

 

Dress Up

You will need a lot of costumes for this one depending on the number of players. If not, have the children work in groups. Create a list of the components of an entire costume for each team and have them look for them. For example, one team can look for pieces of a pirate costume. To win the game, players must not only find the entire costume, but they should also dress one of their team members up in the costume.

 

At the Beach

You don’t really have to go to the beach for this one but a few props can make it more interesting. Create a list of things that can be found at the beach and have players find pictures of them. If you have some actual beach stuff like shells or a beach towel, you can throw them into the mix.

 

Secret Code

Want to feel like a detective? Looking forward to a cryptic day with a happy ending? If you feel like really spicing up your scavenger hunt, then write a super-secret message on a piece of paper, which is ideally something nice and wholesome, and rip it to pieces. Then, scatter the pieces throughout your play area, and have the players find them so that they can put the message back together.

 

Color Hunt

Just how colorful can you get? Set up a list of colors needed to be gathered and let your players go wild by trying to find items that match them! Let’s say you pick purple, yellow, and gray – the players each have to find an item that is of that color. One of our favorite scavenger hunt variants.

 

Leaf Hunt

No better way to show how vibrant and knowledgeable you are than by picking the most beautifully shaped and colorful leaves to present them for a scavenger hunt.

 

The Hunt is On

 

A scavenger hunt is one of the simplest, cheapest, and most exciting party games you can include in your repertoire of party game ideas. All you need is a bit of creativity. Use whatever you have on hand and let the hunt begin! We know you’ll be having a lot of fun. Wish you all the best!

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90+ Science Trivia Questions to Boost Your Knowledge

The beauty of science is that it’s ever-changing, so nobody will ever get tired of science trivia questions. Throughout history, a lot of things that were considered “facts” got hit in the head thanks to new scientific research and discoveries, so there’s no shortage of questions and answers like the ones below. Maybe we will update this list with even more stuff in the future, so stay tuned.

Science Trivia Questions and Answers

To make it easier for you to navigate through these science trivia questions and answers, we’ll try to place them in the appropriate category. From there, you’ll be able to read through them better and jot down only the ones that interest you for a possible game night contest. With that said, here’s what we’ve managed to find:

Easy Science Trivia Questions

Let’s start by showing off the questions and answers that even some children might have some knowledge about and then work our way up to more advanced stuff as we go.

Solar System Trivia Questions

  1. Q: Would you weigh more or less on Mars?

A: Less. A person who weighs 200 pounds on Earth would weigh just 76 pounds on Mars.

2. Q: Who was the first person to walk on the Moon?

A: Neil Armstrong. He landed on July 20, 1969, with Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.

3. Q: What causes a solar eclipse?

A: The moon moves between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth.

4. Q: What causes the moon to shine?

A: The moon’s surface reflects light from the Sun.

5. Q: What was the first planet discovered with the aid of a telescope?

A: Uranus.

6. Q: Between which two planets does the asteroid belt lie?

A: Mars and Jupiter.

7. Q: What is the only planet in our solar system less dense than water?

A: Saturn.

8. Q: What is the nearest planet to the sun?

A: Mercury.

9. Q: What is the largest planet in the solar system?

A: Jupiter.

10. Q: What is the hottest planet in the solar system?

A: Venus

11. Q: The most recognized model of how the universe began is known as the?

A: The Big Bang.

12. Q: What color is the sunset on Mars?

A: Blue.

Biology Trivia Questions

Now let’s get into another interesting question category, namely biology. We’re going to try and cover as many as we can from this domain, especially because kids start learning about these things from the first few grades in school.

13. Q: What do white blood cells do?

A: White blood cells protect you against illness and disease. “Immunity Cells” are another name for these components.

14. Q: What is the rarest blood type?

A: AB4 negative.

15. Q: What part of the plant conducts photosynthesis?

A: The leaf.

16. Q: What is the largest known animal that walks on land?

A: The elephant.

17. Q: What is the largest known animal overall?

A: The blue whale.

18. Q: What kind of blood type is known as the universal donor?

A: O1 negative.

19. Q: What is the largest organ in the human body?

A: The skin.

20. Q: What tissues connect the muscles to the bones?

A: The tendons.

21. Q: Animals that eat both plants and meat are called what?

A: Omnivores.

22. Q: What is the largest bone in the human body?

A: The femur, also known as the thigh bone.

23. Q: Diabetes develops as the result of a problem with which specific organ in the body?

A: The pancreas.

24. Q: True or false – lightning is hotter than the sun.

A: True.

Physics Trivia Questions

25. Q: What is the smallest unit of matter?

A: An atom.

26. Q: How many states of matter are there?

A: Four: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.

27. Q: What word can you use to describe when a solid turns into a liquid?

A: Melting.

28. Q: What is a geiger counter used to measure?

A: Radiation levels.

29. Q: A magnifying glass is what type of lens?

A: Convex.

30. Q: Electric resistance is typically measured in what units?

A: Ohms.

31. Q: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” is an example of one of these.

A: Newton’s Laws.

32. Q: What is the center of an atom called?

A: The nucleus.

33. Q: Who split the atom?

A: Ernest Rutherford.

34. Q: When a gas changes into a liquid, it is called what?

A: Condensation.

35. Q: The wire inside an electric bulb is known as what?

A: Filament.

36. Q: Who first proposed the concept of contact lenses?

A: Leonardo da Vinci.

Chemistry Trivia Questions

37. Q: What is the chemical symbol for lead?

A: Pb.

38. Q: What element is a diamond composed of?

A: Carbon.

39. Q: How many elements are listed in the periodic table?

A: 118.

40. Q: What two elements is water made of?

A: Hydrogen and oxygen.

41. Q: What is the sun mostly made up of?

A: Hydrogen.

42. Q: What inorganic molecule is produced by lightning?

A: Ozone.

43. Q: Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of what two elements?

A: Copper and tin.

44. Q: What reaction releases energy into its surroundings?

A: Exothermic reaction.

45. Q: This type of material does not allow electricity to flow through them easily, unlike conductors which are used for their ability to rapidly allow electricity to pass through. What is this material called?

A: Insulators.

46. Q: What word do scientists use to describe a unit of measure that is also the name of an animal?

A: A mole.

47. Q: In 1953, the United States of America conducted its first and only nuclear artillery test. Where was the test held?

A: Nevada.

48. Q: Most of a penny is made from what type of metal?

A: Zinc.

Hard Science Trivia Questions

Now we’ve finally completed the relatively simple science trivia questions and answers. Let’s move onto the next section, with much harder questions that will keep many teens and adults second-guessing.

Geology, Geography, and Solar System Trivia Questions

49. Q: How long does it take for light from the Sun to reach the Earth?

A: 8 minutes and 20 seconds. Some scientists have speculated that faster travel might be possible, but so far there’s no experiment to prove this.

50. Q: What is the only rock that floats?

A: Pumice. It’s actually created from lava, and it forms from the froth at the top of the laval flow that then cools very rapidly.

51. Q: Where can you find the oldest living tree on Earth, which has an age of approximately 4,843 years?

A: Also known as Methuselah, this bristlecone pine has been around since before the first building blocks were laid on the foundation of Ancient Rome, and it can be currently visited in California.

52. Q: Where is the largest known meteorite crater on Earth?

A: The Vredefort Ring in South Africa, with a 299 km diameter.

53. Q: What name is given to the planets located outside solar system?

A: Extrasolar planets.

54. Q: What is the basic cause of Aurora?

A: Charged particles from solar wind.

55. Q: What is the age of the Sun?

A: 5 Billion years.

56. Q: Is Obsidian an igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic rock?

A: Igneous.

57. Q: What is the cause of Tsunami?

A: Tsunami is caused by the displacement of water due to earthquake or landslide under sea.

58. Q: Is the stratosphere above or below the troposphere?

A: It extends 50km above the troposphere.

59. Q: Name the longest living structure on earth?

A: The greater barrier reef, Australia.

60. Q: What is the highest recorded surface wind speed on earth?

A: 372 Km per hour.

Biology, Anatomy, and Anthropology Trivia Questions

61. Q: What is the temperature of human body during digestion?

A: The body likes to keep its core temperature steady at about 100° F., which is when the best digestion occurs.

62. Q: Which is most dangerous among bees, snakes, house flies, or sharks when attributed to human deaths?

A: House flies.

63. Q: What is the end cause of every single human death?

A: Cerebral hypoxia – the lack of oxygen in the brain. When people die, their brains essentially starve, and that may be the cause of near-death-experiences and hallucinations.

64. Q: What is the scientific name for the job or role that a certain organism plays within its habitat.

A: Niche. Not to be confused with the same concept within businesses, musical genres, and so forth.

65. Q: Which animal’s tail is so strong that it can lift the animal’s hind legs off the ground while standing on it.

A: The kangaroo.

66. Q: What is the scientific name for the elephant’s trunk?

A: Proboscis, which also means nose.

67. Q: What animal is the T-Rex’s closest living relative?

A: The chicken. Birds in general are actually quite closely related to the extinct dinosaurs, which is why many researchers have played around with the idea that dinosaurs had feathers.

68. Q: What is the name of colored part of human eyes which controls the light passing through the pupil?

A: The iris, not to be confused with the flower of the same name.

69. Q: What is the name of the substance that gives the skin and hair their pigmentation? (Hint: sunbathing affects the amounts of this substance)

A: Melanin.

70. Q: What are the bottom-located chambers of the heart known as?

A: The ventricles.

71. Q: Of which substance are the nails made out of?

A: Keratin.

72. Q: What is the inner most part of the bones known as?

A: The bone marrow.

Physics, Chemistry, and Other Science Trivia Questions

73. Q: True or false – Lower tension on a tennis racket results in more control and less power.

A: False. Most racket manufacturers recommend that you use 50 to 70 pounds of tension when adjusting your racket, but it totally depends on your personal preference as a player.

74. Q: What islands were extensively studied by the now-famous Charles Darwin?

A: The Galapagos Islands.

75. Q: HIV was first discovered in 1981, and it is known to cause a condition called AIDS, which can be fatal if left untreated. What does AIDS stand for and what type of virus is HIV?

A: AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, and HIV is a retrovirus.

76. Q: In purely scientific terms, how long is an eon?

A: An eon lasts for one billion years. Basically, our planet is 4.54 billion eons old, and the first signs of life appeared not long after the Big Bang.

77. Q: If you put an insect and a plant in airtight container, what can you expect to happen?

A: They use and release different types of air, so they should continue to live.

78. Q: The pollutants which move downward with percolating groundwater are called what?

A: Leachates.

79. Q: On what is the principle of working of rockets based?

A: The law of conservation of momentum.

80. Q: What is the shape of a regular human’s DNA?

A: Double helix.

81. Q: What is white gold?

A: White gold is an alloy of gold and white metal such as palladium or silver.

82. Q: What is the fool’s gold?

A: The crystals of iron pyrite.

83. Q: Why is nickel not used for the creation of white gold?

A: It’s not that nickel wouldn’t be great at forming white gold, it’s because it causes skin allergies.

84. Q: Does the sun also rotate?

A: Yes, but only once around 27 days.

85. Q: What is the composition of sun?

A: About 70 percent hydrogen, 28 percent helium, and 2 percent other mass.

86. Q: What is the function of a manometer?

A: Measuring the pressure of closed systems.

87. Q: What is the highest recorded surface wind speed on earth?

A: A whopping 372 Km per hour.

88. Q: What is the pyrogen?

A: The substance in the human body that triggers a fever response.

89. Q: What is the amount of salt in an average human body?

A: 250 grams.

90. Q: What is the percentage of fire-related deaths caused by smoke inhalation rather than burns?

A: 80%.

91. Q: What is the fraction of volume of ice seen outside when immersed in water?

A: 10.5%.

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40 This or That Questions for Kids and Teens

Often times referred to as “Would you rather?”, this or that questions present an interesting choice that will leave a lot of people thinking, making scenarios in their head, or debating endlessly what would be a better choice depending on tons of different factors.

The fun part is that there’s no in between. You HAVE to choose between one item or the other. And sometimes, the items can be extremely similar yet different enough to present an interesting conundrum. When it comes to teens and kids, there are a lot of questions that will keep them going on and on for hours. Here are a few that our team has thought of.

This or that questions for teens

This or That Questions for Teens

Let’s start with this or that questions that are best-suited for teens. Once we’re done with these, we will be getting to questions that are fitting for children and tweens.

1. Netflix or Youtube?

Since you can’t choose both, then this is a question that has the potential to shatter a teen’s soul. Short, funny, or informative videos versus TV series and full movies. Who would want to be forced to pick one over the other? No one, really.

2. Alone or in a crowd?

Yet another hard question simply because no one wants to be alone all the time, yet nobody likes crowded busses either. You’d be stuck with one of these options forever, so think about it!

3. Big party or small gathering?

Frankly, this isn’t hard to answer at all. It just depends on what type of person you’re talking to. However, it’s a question worth asking because you’ll get to know someone much better. You can continue by asking them what reasons they have for choosing one answer over the other.

4. Curly or straight?

Whether you’re a boy or a girl, this can be used as an icebreaker question for your crush. If his or her reply matches your hair type, then you might just be in luck!

5. Coffee or tea?

While we don’t necessarily condone teens drinking coffee, we’re well aware that many of them have already tried it at least once. With that in mind, which one a person chooses can tell you a lot about their character.

6. Chinese or Japanese food?

We’re talking about vastly different foods here, so the choice might be extremely hard for a lot of foodies. This should keep quite a few people occupied for a while until you can think of another question.

7. iOS or Android?

Oh, boy, this is like a never-ending war. If you’re with a large group of people, you’ll start an outright debate among the participants. However, we advise you to be careful because some people are capable of fighting over this kind of stuff.

8. Card games or board games?

Unlike the previous question, this topic rarely if ever starts any fighting. You can ask people this question in case you’re out of ideas and you want a whole group of people playing a more “interactive” game.

9. Truth or dare?

We all know where this game can lead. To lots of fun, of course. Teens get extremely creative and can turn this question over on its head in ways that older people wouldn’t even think of.

10. Skirt or pants?

A simple question with a lot of possibilities. Both skirts and pants have their own set of advantages, so any girl that will get asked this question will need to figure out how to balance prom dates, going to the mall, or other activities to choose the best permanent option for themselves.

11. 50s or 80s music?

Some people say that you shouldn’t judge others by their taste. While that’s true, that doesn’t mean you can’t ask questions to get to know someone better or find something in common so you can better connect with each other.

12. Classical or modern art?

Yet another topic that’s meant to get people debating. What is art? Is everything art? How do you tell high art from low art? This simple question could literally make two or more people talk until the morning sun.

13. Iced or hot coffee?

This is a bland question compared to a few of the previous ones. However, it’s still a fun little thing to ask just to break the ice a little and get to know someone a little better.

14. Hamburger or taco?

Yet another foodie-related question with two foods that are so vastly different you might as well ask the person to pick between apples and oranges. One thing’s for sure. There are going to be a lot of talks about the pros and cons of both of these.

15. Money or free time?

Not that many teens have a job, so most of them probably don’t know how it is to be occupied for at least 4 hours a day besides school. However, if you were to make them pick between not having any money or not having any free time, then you’re going to have a lot of fun seeing them trying to figure out the puzzle to this conundrum.

16. Sinful or righteous?

This can be a tricky question for many people, especially teenagers. Some of them will say they want to be viewed as righteous, yet their only “righteous actions” consist of virtue-signalling on social media. But, then again, teenhood is a complicated period, so don’t be too harsh on yourselves.

17. Horror or comedy movie?

This one shouldn’t be that difficult. In fact, it’s a great way of seeing how many people prefer one genre over the other so that maybe you could all watch a movie later at that party or somewhere down the line at another meetup.

18. Jogging or hiking?

While both of these involve physical activity, they’re not the same. One focuses more on speed while the other focuses on endurance. Which one do you prefer? Have you ever thought about this before? Well, now’s the time to ask people this question and see if you can organize a hike through the woods later down the line.

19. Cardio or weight lifting?

If someone in the group hits the gym regularly, then they’re bound to have a strong opinion about this. The fact of the matter is, the more someone is dedicated to sports, the more they’ll be willing to teach you about nutrition and other anatomy-related sciences, so you’re going to have an opportunity to get in shape when asking this question.

20. Doctor Who or the Walking Dead?

Two famous shows that couldn’t be more different from one another even if they tried. Again, it’s one of those questions that’s meant to break the ice.

This or That Questions for Kids

This or That Questions for Kids

Now let’s get to the kids’ questions. They’re a little more innocent, obviously. Not that the previous ones weren’t, but some of the subjects wouldn’t be all that comprehensible by children. Anyway, let’s go:

1. Batman or Spider-Man?

Arguably the most famous of all superheroes, these two giants have been battling it out for the top spot on children’s preferences lists for decades. Literally decades. So why stop now? Keep children entertained by asking this specific quesion.

2. Frozen yogurt or ice cream?

Dessert or dessert? Hard choice, really. However, this is still a good question if you’re throwing a children’s party and want to know who wants what dessert, so you’ll have time to order the right amount of everything.

3. Pizza Hut or McDonald’s?

Again, this is one of those questions that are useful for a party. You’ll know exactly how much McD’s and how many products from Pizza Hut to order once everybody’s decided what they want.

4. Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon?

The animated shows on these networks are not the same as they were when millennials were kids. However, the two channels are still different enough to warrant different tastes regardless of your child’s overall preferences.

5. Being an adult or staying a child forever?

Look out, it’s a trap! Kids, don’t grow up! Do you remember how you wanted to grow up when you were little? Well, this generation’s children will most likely want this as well.

6. The forest or the beach?

Both of them are awesome, but only one can prevail in a child’s heart. Now, of course, children who haven’t been to both of these won’t know exactly how to answer, but they’ll surely use their imagination to come up with interesting scenarios.

7. A PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X?

The current generation of consoles has brought the console wars to another level thanks to Ray Tracing and other crisp graphical upgrades. However, there are bound to be children who’ll answer “Nintendo Switch” to this question.

8. Cats or dogs?

There’s no denying that both of them are cute. But if your kid had to choose between one or the other, what would they pick? It’s a great question to ask if you finally have built up the courage to get them a pet.

9. Coca-Cola or Pepsi?

While we don’t recommend giving soda to children, if they have already drunk some, it’s almost impossible not to have formed an opinion by now.

10. Coloring book or stories book?

Any kid starts off with a coloring book. However, once they get older, they’ll discover the magic of books like Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn.

11. Pandas or whales?

Both are adorable and fascinating. Which one will your kid choose? The furry little bear or the giant that they’ll probably never get to see in real life?

12. Swim in a pool or in the sea?

Swimming is a fun activity for people of all ages, especially children. However, swimming in a pool and in the sea are two vastly different experiences. See which one your kids prefer so you’ll know where to take them on your next vacation.

13. Ninjas or pirates?

Both are cool in their own way, but kids will always choose one over the other. It’s fun seeing them play as ninjas or pirates in the ultimate fight.

14. Breakfast or dinner?

What’s your favorite meal? That’s basically how you can summarize this question. It gets fun once kids start listing all the reasons that they prefer one over the other.

15. City or countryside?

Again, it’s a matter of taste. But it’s also a matter of how you take care of your children. Teach them the value of hard work and clean air, and they’ll prefer the countryside. Show them the amazing things they can do in an urban environment, and they’ll enjoy the city much more.

16. Hot or cold?

There are many things that can be both hot or cold. You can choose to fill the blanks or leave kids use their imagination.

17. Winter or summer?

Again, an easy question that can be a lot of fun once kids start dissecting the good and bad of both.

18. Bath or shower?

Any kid loves taking a bath with their rubber duckies. However, showers are much more convenient and they teach kids how to better wash all of their body parts.

19. Disney World or Universal Studios?

Again, this is one of those questions that can be quite hard for most kids. But once you get an answer from them, you’ll know exactly where to take them on a memorable vacation.

20. Amusement park or day at the beach?

This could be either a follow-up question or something that you can ask before the previous question so you’ll get a better idea of how to plan a trip.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re at a party or just want to get to know your kid or teen better, these questions are fitting for numerous occasions. You can use them to plan a trip, plan something for dinner, or simply break the ice when you want to get to know a person better. These questions might also be useful for new teachers who want to get to know their students better. You get the point, they work out well for many occasions. With that said, what other this or that questions for teens and kids have you thought about? Leave us a comment below with your ideas.

How to Host a Murder Mystery Party Just in Time for Halloween

Are you ready to learn how to host a murder mystery party? Everyone loves to dig into a fun whodunnit type of story. There’s something incredibly exciting about seeing a problem, digging up clues, and putting the pieces together to solve the case. Whether we indulge in these sorts of mysteries by watching movies, reading books, listening to podcasts, or even hearing about the adventures in other people’s lives, there’s one place everyone can take a crack at it:

A murder mystery party.

These get-togethers can be an excellent party for any group of people, be it coworkers, family, a club, or even people who enjoy roleplaying. After all, what’s not to love about getting to put on your acting hat, pretending to be someone else for an evening, and getting to star in your detective role? Similarly, what could be a better choice for the Halloween season?

If that sounds like an excellent idea to you, there’s no better time to get started on the planning than now. But where do you learn how to host a murder mystery party? By reading our guide below!

Decide on Your Guests

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While we’re talking about how to host a murder mystery party, we can’t forget about the guests. You can’t have a murder mystery party without any guests! Ideally, your invitation pool will include people who like to roleplay a little or don’t mind putting themselves out there to interact with others.

The guests you invite will decide several things, such as the tone of the party (friends vs. coworkers vs. family), the space you need, and how many players your game can accommodate. Like other parties, your guest list can also determine when you should schedule it for, so you can optimize your players.

Pick a Theme!

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While the idea of a murder mystery party may bring to mind specific images (dinner theater anyone?), you can actually enjoy a variety of different themes. From classic murder mysteries to fantasy settings to sci-fi to the Old West, you have no shortage of choices. Your guest list will come in handy here, as you can pick a theme that your guests will enjoy playing.

At this stage, it’s also helpful to determine if you want your party to be dinner based or just a free for all in the evening. This decision will determine your layout later on, and it’s an essential part of how to host a murder mystery party.

If you’re uncertain about what themes you can go with, never fear! You can find numerous companies that sell murder mystery kits across different genres—which brings us into our next step!

Choose Your Story

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We’ve mentioned murder mystery kits just above, so let’s talk a little bit more about them here. These kits essentially have everything you need to tell your story. They include the premise, character information, the identity of the murderer, possible scenes to help pace the party, and the clues your guests will need to solve the case.

Alternatively, you can take a crack at writing the story yourself! Building a concept from scratch can be a bit of a challenge. You’ll need to ensure there are enough clues to figure out who the culprit is without making it glaringly obvious and ending the game early.

There’s no one right way to choose your story. Kits are perfect for people who want time to plan the other aspects while writing the game on your own can be a fun and creative outlet. Plus it lets you customize the story for your guests!

Assigning Characters

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Once you have your story and your guest list settled, you’ll want to think about casting the “roles” of the mystery. There are plenty of ways you can go about this, such as:

  • Picking out characters that match the personalities of your guests, so it’s easy for them to play their role
  • Giving your guests characters with opposing personalities to challenge them
  • Letting your guests pick out the characters they’re interested in playing

While you can finalize the cast list close to the party date, stay aware that this is a task you’ll need to do to make your party successful!

Choosing a Location

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You can’t have a party without a venue. When selecting your location, think about how many players you’ll have, if you need extra space for food, and what your party budget can afford to rent out if necessary.

Even with small guest counts, people should have enough room to confer in private discussions without revealing their hand to everyone in the room. Locations that match the theme of the party can also add to the atmosphere!

So long as you plan it right, any location can host a murder mystery. It could be your home, outdoors, or a recreation hall—though you might earn bonus points if you can rent a haunted mansion for the evening.

Planning Decorations

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Even if your location doesn’t match up entirely with your theme, there’s no reason to fret! Some decorations and a bit of imagination can go a long way when the game is afoot. Some considerations to make when planning your decorations are:

  • Your budget
  • The theme of your party
  • What you’re allowed to do if you’re renting a place
  • How much time you’ll need to set up/tear down before and after the party
  • Any props or clues needed for the mystery

If you plan to have tables, several smaller ones are better than one large one to provide your guests with some places to have private conversations while in character.

Planning the Menu

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Are you planning on serving dinner at your party? How about snacks or drinks? Murder mysteries can take several hours depending on the players, so some refreshments are usually excellent to have around. Having designated areas for food will give your guests a chance to encounter each other while in character as well!

If you have a kit which has a story focused around different phases where new clues enter the game, you can split up your food in courses, such as cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, etc. Keeping track of your guest list and RSVPs will ensure you have enough food prepared for everyone.

Sending Invitations

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No murder mystery party would be complete without invitations! As with any other party invite, you’ll need to have the essentials on it: the date, time, and location, as well as a way to RSVP and other essential details.

The invitation is the prime place to note if you’ll have a dress code for the party. People can have a lot of fun if they dress in character, but, for other groups, it can be a lot of pressure. Pick what’s best for your guests, and dressing up can be a lot of fun if you host your murder mystery around Halloween!

Make Name Tags

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Acting in character is some of the enjoyment of murder mysteries, but it’s not always easy to remember all the character names—especially if you have a lot of guests. Name tags are essential for your guests to have. So you should prepare them in advance. The style you decide to go with can complement your party, or it can just be convenient to make.

Plan Your Timetable

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Having a structure for the evening will help the game move forward. If your party is going to be in a rented area or paired along with mealtimes, having a schedule is essential. For murder mystery kits that have mealtimes in mind, there is usually a recommendation of when to introduce new clues, break for eating, and bring in new elements of the game.

At the end of the evening, it’s always fun to have a time where everyone explains what happened during the game from their perspective. Plenty of events can occur while guests are busy doing other things, so this “wrap up” at the end is a recommended part of your timetable!

Laying Out the Rules

As the party approaches, you’ll also want to lay out the rules so all your guests can learn them. Your guides can include many different aspects. But some important ones to consider are:

  • How players can win
  • If there is any dress code
  • “Combat” systems (for games that have them)
  • Who are hosts that can help with game questions
  • What areas are off limits (especially if you are renting a location)

To ensure you can run the game properly, you should also use the time when planning the rules to review the game scenario, understand everyone’s characters, and know who the murder is.

Prepare to Host

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Once you have all the preparation work done, you should get yourself ready to be a host. (If you find yourself interested in playing, you might want to see if someone will feel interested in hosting for you!) When guests arrive, you should be there to pass out nametags, acquaint guests with each other, and explain the rules once everyone comes.

As the game goes on, your role as the host will be to check on players, serve food if you have it, and introduce the new phases of the game as they happen. Don’t be afraid to review your timetable and bring everyone together as you need to move the game along. From there, your job is to have fun with everyone else!

Wrapping Up

Now that you’ve made it to the end of our guide, you now know how to host a murder mystery party! The earlier you start planning, the better, so don’t be afraid to get started!

The Ultimate List Of The Best Kids’ Party Games And Activities

If you’ve ever organized a kids birthday party before, you know how stressful it can be. No, I’m not talking about the food and the décor, that’s child’s play. The biggest (and scariest) part of organizing a kid’s birthday is the entertainment – party games in particular.Here’s a handy list to help you keep from pulling out your hair next time you’re caught at the helm of organizing a birthday party for kids.

1. Treasure Hunt

This party game is actually fun for both kids and adults. Hide a prize somewhere in the house or yard and place clues all over that will lead the participants to the “treasure”.

You can make a variation of the game where you hide multiple prizes in different places. Make maps leading to the prizes. On the day of the party, you then divide the children into teams and hand them a map. The first team to find their treasure wins.

2. Three-Legged Race

This is a simple game that is a favorite among younger kids. Find something soft to tie 2 children’s legs together and make them race with their “3 legs”. To make it more exciting, you can have a relay version provided there is enough room and enough participants.

3. Balloon Pop

Blow up lots of balloons and place tokens (simple paper with a number or picture) inside some of them. Each token represents a small prize. The kids can then blow up the balloons to find the tokens.

4. Sack Race

This is a classic game that never gets boring. All you need are a few sacks to get the action going. To make it more exciting, put participants into teams with a member representing an age group. For example, one toddler, one teen, and one adult (if you have some around). Points are awarded for each round and points tallied at the end.

5. Hot Potato

Kids sit in a circle and an item is placed in the first child’s hands. Music is then played and the kids start passing the object around. When the music stops, the child holding the object is eliminated. The last child remaining is the winner. To make it more interesting, make the object the prize of the game.

6. Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course in your backyard and let the kids race to get to the end where a simple prize will be waiting for them.

7. Marble Toss

Get a piece of foam board (a sturdy cardboard box can do) and glue plastic cups on it. Cover the entire board with colored Styrofoam cups. At least four colors to represent a player. The players are then given marbles matching in color with their cups. The aim of the game is to throw your marbles into your color cup. The number of marbles in the players’ cup equals their number of points.

8. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

This is another classic that will never lose its appeal. All you need do is print (or paint if you’re artistic) a picture on a cardboard, leaving out a piece of course. If your party has a theme, be creative and use a picture that corresponds to the theme. The kids then take turns to be blindfolded and try to pin the missing piece in its place. Be sure to turn them around a bit to make it more interesting.

9. Ring Toss

Bring the carnival into your home with this easy-to-make game. All you need are a few bottles to throw some homemade rings over.

10. Duck. Duck. Goose!

Have the children sit in a circle and pick out one child (the duck) to get the game started. The duck then goes behind the line and walks around touching the children’s heads saying “duck” each time. After a while, the duck should touch one of them at random and shout “goose”, and run to the spot she was picked from. The goose then runs after the duck to try and stop her from reaching their spot. Failure to do so and the goose turns into the duck and the process is repeated.

11. What’s the Time Mr. Wolf

Pick one child from among the kids (best start with the birthday boy/girl) to be the wolf. All the kids follow the wolf asking, “What’s the time Mr. Wolf?” The wolf responds by stating the time starting from one O’Clock and going up. At one point, at the wolf’s discretion, the wolf then shouts, “Dinner time!”, and turns around to chase the other kids. The captured victim then becomes the wolf.

12. Escape The Monster

Set up two points a distance apart. The first point is where the game starts, you can call it anything, granny’s house is a good one. The other point will be “home”. Chose 1 or 2 children (even an adult) to stand in the middle (the forest) as the monsters. The aim of the game is for each child to run across the forest and avoid being caught by a monster. Any child who gets caught turns into a monster too. The children will run to and fro between home and granny’s place until one child is left. The last child remaining is the winner.

Party On

There you are, a list of party ideas to keep the party lively for a very long time. No need to fret over games or, worry about hiring an expensive entertainer who will just make them play the same games.

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