Name Game Toss

The point of this game is to learn the name of everyone in your circle. Good for the begining of the year

Materials: Any collection of soft balls, beanie babies, rolled up socks, or any other item that can be tossed with relative safety.

Get the group in a circle of 8-12 people. Depending on the size of your group you may need to make several circles.

You probably need to demo this with one group who is familiar with the rules. Start slow till everyone gets the hang of it.

Each group starts with one item to toss. The item is tossed from one member of the group to another until everyone has had the item only once. When you toss it to a person you say their name. You then toss it to the person who started the pattern and you keep repeating the Pattern over and over again. So that you should always be throwing it to the same person and catching from the same person everytime the item goes around the circle. With one item this is pretty easy. Once they get the hang of it add another item to the circle, and other, you can try to keep adding items and see which team can keep from dropping the ball with the most balls in the air.

I also like asking the groups to sit down when we stop play and see if any one in the group can name everyone in their circle.

Train Wreck 2

This game is a great ice breaker type game and the group loves it. They beg me to play it regularly.

It can be played with anywhere from 10-40 people. The only materials you need are enough chairs for each player less one and a list of questions.

Put the chairs in a circle and everyone takes a seat. Except the person who is it. he or she stands in the middle and you ask “it” a question about him/herself.

It can be as harmless as their favorite christmas gift, or you can go deeper depending on how well the group trusts each other. Give the person who is “it” a way out if they really object to the question ask a different one.

Once “it” answers the question they have to say “I like people who…” and they fill in the blank with something like. I like people who wear blue. Or I like people who have brown hair. Then everone in the circle who has that in common with the person who is “it” has to get up and change seats, but you cannot change to the seat next to you on either side. You have to move at least two seats away. The catch is it also has to be true of the person who is it. If a blonde said I like people with brown hair they would have to try again.

If the person who is asking the questions says Trainwreck. Then everyone has to change seats.

Keep an eye on their energy level. We have broken a few folding chairs when the group gets too excited.