In Pair Off Square Off Icebreaker, players are assigned to be one half of a famous pair. They must find the person who matches them. Sounds easy enough right? Except they don’t know who they are! So they must ask questions to find out.
This is a fun and easy youth ministry game for a meeting focused on friendship or community.
How to Play Pair Off Square Off Icebreaker
Before the meeting
- On one piece of paper write one half of a famous pair. ie. “Peanut Butter” (see notes for suggestions)
- Write the other piece of paper, write the other half. ie. “Jelly”
- Continue making pairs until you have enough so that each person can have one of the pieces of paper. ie. 10 pairs for 20 people.
At the gathering
- Tape one of the pieces of paper to each person’s back. Don’t tell them who is written on it.
- They must each ask the others yes or no questions to find out what is on their back . ie. “Am I a cartoon character?”
- When they figure out who they are, they can ask that question. ie. “Am I peanut butter?”
- Once a person knows who they are, they can find the other half of their pair and help them figure out who they are.
- Once both members of the pair know their identity, they sit down together.
- The game ends when everyone has found their partner.
You can go with a theme (cartoon characters) or you can mix it up. Here are examples. Pick couples your group will be familiar with
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Cake and Ice Cream
Pancakes and Syrup
Wile E Coyote and Roadrunner
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Spongebob and Patrick
Scooby Doo and Shaggy
Batman and Robin
Superman and Lois Lane
Romeo and Juliet
Samson and Delilah
Cain and Abel
Joseph and Mary
David and Goliath
Ruth and Naomi
Adam and Eve
Peter Pan and Captain Hook
Shrek and Fiona
Willy Wonka and Charlie
Luke Skywalker and Han Solo
Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger