It’s an Icebreaker …Get it?!


There is only one way to improve the typical ice breaker: add ice… and puns. We’ll leave the punny title to you, but this icebreaker is a lot of fun and no-prep!

Have students sit in a circle and choose who will be the first icebreaker. Once the first person is ready, they cup their hands and the leader fills their hands with ice. At that point they have to answer all of the following questions before proceeding:

What is a good movie?
What is something you think is fun?
What is something you never want to do?

After the person holding the ice answers all the questions, they pass the ice to the person on their right WITHOUT DROPPING ANY. From there they repeat the process until everyone has answered the questions. If a single piece of ice (liquid water doesn’t count) hits the ground, the game starts over from the first person, and everyone has to come up with new answers.

If you have an ice-tolerant group, or just want to keep the cold fun going, try these modifications:

  1. Have students count to ten before they begin
  2. Have students give two answers per question
  3. Have students answer each question and its opposite (what is a good movie? AND What is a bad movie?)

Cup of Ice


When he is not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy oversees children, youth, and college ministries in addition to leading the evening worship service at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, Al. He is passionate about reaching people with the message of Jesus in a way that engages them with the movement of God. Jeremy is the Senior Editor of the Seedbed Youth Ministry Collective and the author of Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry. You can find a list of all his books, articles and resources for churches at his website: