New social situations, such as the first day of school, can be intimidating for children. Fortunately, several indoor icebreaker games can be used to encourage socialization and help children get to know each other. Besides requiring children to interact, the FamilyEducation website notes that ice breakers also teach children how to follow rules, problem solve and improve listening skills.
Play an intriguing game of detective to help children become more comfortable in a social setting, suggests the EducationWorld website. Create a clue sheet that lists multiple unfinished sentences, for example, “My favorite animal is___” or “I want to be a _ when I grow up.” Give each child a copy of the list and tell them all to fill in the blankets quietly. When everyone is finished, take the sheets and scramble them up. Pass each child an anonymous clue sheet and announce that it is time to narrow down suspects. Tell each child to move around the room, asking questions until she figures out who her clue sheet belongs to. When everyone has found a culprit, have each child introduce the “suspect” to the entire group. You're sure to get some giggles as they try to figure out who is who.
Who Am I?
Gather together some paper, a pen, hat and tape to play “Name in a Hat,” suggests Disney Family Fun. Have every child write his name down on a small slip of paper and drop it into a hat. Take turns picking a name from the hat and taping it to another child’s forehead—without letting the child see the name on the paper. Tell the kids to mingle, asking others questions about the name on her forehead. For example, she might ask, “Do I have blonde hair?” or “Am I shorter than you?” The kids should all continue asking questions until each player figures out whose name is on her forehead.
Getting To Know You
Create a series of bingo cards, but instead of using the traditional numbers, write brief sentences in each box. For example, “I have a pet cat,” “I have a big brother” or “I like green olives”. Tell the kids to walk around the room, asking other kids to sign any boxes that are apply to them. The first child to have five signed squares in a row wins the game. Not only is this game entertaining, it's a fantastic way for kids to learn more about each other.