I got ice-breaker questions (examples: What do you do for fun, What annoys you, What makes you laugh and so on) from my counselor intern from last year who did a very similar ice-breaker activity.
I typed the questions into an excel spreadsheet, printed and cut them out. For a printable copy of the questions click here.
|Questions, typed in Excel (before cutting)|
|Questions after being cut|
I painted Popsicle sticks (on both sides) different colors using craft paint and a sponge brush. I painted sets of five sticks in each color. I tried to paint 2 sets of colors each time (ex yellow then pink) because craft paint dries fairly quickly. As I finished the 1st coat of paint on 10 sticks I could then turn them over and finish the 2nd coat (if that makes sense).
|Craft paints & sponge brush|
|Painted Popsicle sticks|
|Glued questions on the Popsicle sticks|
After they dried (I let them sit for an hour or so) they were all set to be used! I put them in a small bucket that I already had (Target $1 spot). Total cost for the project: $0! I already had all these things, free is my favorite price!
These can be used in a group by assigning each student in the group a color based on the color of the Popsicle sticks. The students can go around the group and answer the questions on their sticks (this is why I painted 5 of the same color for a group setting). This can also be used on individual sessions too (no need to worry about assigning colors, the student can just randomly pick).
It took me 2 days (not full days) to complete. I painted the sticks one day and glued another day. For someone that isn't that crafty (but loves to read crafting blogs) this was a pretty easy project for me to complete. With each "project" my counselor craft confidence is growing.
What ice-breaker or getting to know you activities to you use?