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The Boat is Sinking Game (Icebreaker)

The Boat is Sinking Game is a really simple icebreaker. It is active, but also requires participants to answer questions about themselves. It is super easy to play and requires no materials, making it a good filler activity. A set of printable icebreaker questions is included below.

The Boat is Sinking Game


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  1. Designate one person to be the captain. Everyone else is crew.
  2. The captain says “The boat is sinking. Each lifeboat can hold (number) people. Group yourselves!”
  3. The crew must group themselves into whatever number the captain says.
  4. Anyone not in a group of that number must answer a question about themselves.
  5. The captain just repeats this process over and over.

You can also play so that the odd group is “out” after they answer the question. This will cause a definite end to the game.

Would You Rather Game for youth ministry or vbs

Would You Rather

Would You Rather is about choices. It is a fun icebreaker or warmup for a meeting about decision making. A set of questions is included.

More Youth Ministry Games

Games are a recommended part of any youth program. Youth ministry games can be used as icebreakers to help youth get to know each other better. They can be used to foster teamwork and trust. They are a way to spend a little energy when they have been sitting to long.

Four Facts

Four Facts game is another icebreaker game. It would also work well with any activity relating to personal history or storytelling or just as a getting to know you exercise.

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