This works best with larger groups and is a great fun icebreaker but do some other warm-ups first!
Have You Ever?
The facilitator explains that they will call out different things that may or may not apply to each person. If the item does apply to you, you go into the middle and high 5 with anyone else who runs in. A list of about 20 questions should be tailored to the particular group, setting, and workshop goals, but we’ve given you some suggestions are below. Usually the questions start with “Have You Ever….?”, but feel free to change this if it fits better, e.g., “Does Anyone Have….?”
Be careful to not ask questions that are going to embarrass or ridicule in any way. Motivate the participants to join in, so use lots of enthusiasm and encouragement.
Have you ever sung karaoke?
- Have you got both a brother and a sister?
- Have you ever ridden a horse?
- Have you ever eaten frogs’ legs?
- Can you speak 3 or more languages?
- Have you ever been in love with someone who was vegetarian?
- Have you swum in 3 or more different seas/oceans?
- Have you broken 3 or more bones in your body?
- Have you done volunteer work sometime in the last month?
- Have you ever had a close relative who lived to over 100?
- Have you ever cooked a meal by yourself for more than 10 people?
- Have you ever been parachuting or done a bungee jump?
- Can you click your fingers on your non-dominant hand?
- Have you ever seen a polar bear?
A variation on this is to get the participants to generate their own questions. The group sit on chairs except the person who is IT, standing in the centre. The person in the middle asks a “Have You Ever” question that is true for him/her self e.g., “have you ever climbed a mountain?” Anyone whose answer is “yes” gets up and moves to an empty seat. The person who asked the question tries to get a seat, leaving one other person without a seat and they become the new IT.
For more drama games go to our Drama Games and Resources page.