When you first start a long institute where participants might not know each other, youâ€™ll want to try an icebreaker that is fun and helps them learn a little about each other. Hereâ€™s one using an ordinary inflatable beach ball, the sort you might see at college graduations.
- Tell each person to choose a color on the beach ball that represents herself in some way.
- Call out the name of the participant to whom you plan to throw the ball first, and then throw the ball to them. This helps everyone to learn each otherâ€™s names and the person is not surprised the ball is coming their way.
- Whoever receives the ball must then tell the color they picked and how it fits a characteristic about themselves.
- Then they throw the ball to another participant. (Make sure they say the personâ€™s name first before they throw the ball).
Encourage everyone to try to get more creative when they describe themselves by using metaphors, adjectives, and maybe some past experiences.
Submitted by:Barbara Bray
Image from:My eCoach eLibrary