Icebreakers are a youth group staple. Even when they’re cheesy and lame (and let’s be honest — that’s often), they can still play an integral role in helping young people connect with one another in a group environment. Often, icebreakers can also enhance your teaching by helping to stimulate cooperation and participation or by supporting an overall theme.
Not only that, but they can provide positive momentum for small group study and discussion by encouraging cooperation, listening, and teamwork. Icebreakers also create a good atmosphere for learning and participation by helping newly formed groups get to know one another and new members, helping young people feel comfortable together, and facilitating better connection with adult leaders.
As youth leaders, we need to be experts at fun. We need to get our PhDs in the science of games, and there's good news on that front. There is no need to fail spectacularly in front of teens and parents. There is no need to design your own course of study through the school of hard knocks. There have been many pioneers in the world of fun that have gone before you and developed the prevenient techniques of great youth games. We have bombed in front of groups and endured many groans from teens until we developed our own brand of fun in the form of a game or ice breaker. Now, we offer those to you. Go fourth and offer the power of God through these proven means of God’s prevenient grace!