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Drama Game: Index Card

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Jun 22, 2015 Drama Games 5 Comments

ice breaker index cardType: Ensemble Building

Purpose: A simple game that helps kids get to know each other. Great to play in the beginning of a semester or if you feel the class needs to better work as an ensemble.

Procedure: 

VARIATION 1:

1.  Give every student a blank index card.

2.  Tell the students to write one thing that no one knows about them.

3.  Collect the cards, shuffle them, then randomly hand one to each student.

4.  The students must figure out who wrote the card, without directly asking.

5.  Gather the group, have each student share how they figured it out.

VARIATION 2:

1.  Feel free to customize whatever you prompt the students to write on their card.

2.  For example, you could have them write three things: favorite subject, favorite place they’ve ever visited, favorite song.

3.  After each student finds the correct student who wrote the card, have them introduce themselves and tell them a little bit more about their choices.

OTHER PROMPTS:

– favorite movie
– favorite time of day
– scariest nightmare
– favorite musical
– least favorite food
– favorite type of character to play
– favorite subject
etc.

Have ideas for other prompts? Leave them in the comments below!

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  • Susan
    Jun 24, 2015 at 5:44 am Reply

    –secret superpower
    –best time ever
    —favorite pet; real or imagined
    –favorite piece of clothing

  • Susan
    Sep 16, 2015 at 6:59 am Reply

    Favorite place to go
    Favorite room in your house

  • susan
    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:12 am Reply

    I don’t get how they find out. Do they walk around the class and ask each other? i imagine they would just ask “did you write this”? Thank u. :)

  • bbbpress
    Sep 24, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply

    Instruct them that “Did you write this?” is the only question they CAN’T ask :) They should keep the cards to themselves in the beginning and not show them as they walk around the room. If a student receives a card that says “I love water skiing” he might go around the room asking “What’s your favorite sport?”

  • Linda
    Oct 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

    An alternative, more for older kids: put together a list of information about a person (see prompts listed above) and have everyone copy the prompts on their sheet with their name on the top (without completing them!).

    The kids sit in a circle. Everyone gives their paper to their left neighbour, and fills out the first prompt on the paper they just got. They should try to find something matching for the person whose name is on the paper (even, or especially, if they don’t know each other).
    Let the papers turn one step to the left after every prompt (or 2, 3), so that each paper is filled out by as many different people as possible. (Ideal if the number of prompts equals the number of kids minus one.)

    When the papers come back to their owner, let everyone in turn read their paper and compare with the answers they would have given themselves.

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