Trainer Tip – Balloon Fun
This fun, fifteen-minute icebreaker may be a little loud to start with but will soon have your delegates interacting and getting to know each other in a fun way. You’ll need a good quality coloured balloon for every delegate and if you struggle with balloons, you may want to get a pump and a balloon mouth opener! You’ll also need enough sheets of note paper for each delegate.
- Write out five “getting to know you” questions on each note e.g. What was your favourite subject at school, why? What was your last job, why did you leave? What was your first car? What is your favourite colour? Do you prefer beer or wine? Would you choose a film at the cinema or a show at the theatre? It is better to have different questions on every note unless you have big delegate numbers.
- Blow up the balloons, slotting one, rolled-up note into each before tying them up.
- Have some relaxing music playing (depending on age) and the balloons floating around as delegates come arrive in the room.
- When you’re ready to start, get each delegate to burst a balloon, and open the note that is inside it.
- Ask the delegates to mingle and ask each other the questions, taking notes of the answers.
- After five minutes, arrange the delegates into small groups and ask them to share what information they have on each other.
If you wish, you could ask your delegates to vote on the most creative answer and offer a prize to the person who gave that answer!
Thanks go to TEFL.org.uk for this icebreaker.