Back to School: Ice Breakers

I hate icebreakers. Okay, I don’t hate them but I really dislike participating in them. Therefore, I am not a fan of facilitating them in my classroom however I do understand that they are a necessary evil. This year’s ice breaker for art will be the toss and talk ball. I purchased 3 beach balls from Party City today (a steal at only under $1 each) and used a Sharpie marker to write questions/prompts on them. Students will choose a student in the classroom to TOSS the beach ball to. The student who catches the beach ball will answer which ever question their thumb is touching. I googled a lot of different websites to compile this list and attempted to eliminate any negative questions about disliking this or that, or ones about negative body image since I plan to use this with my middle school students. When writing the questions/prompts on the ball I made sure to space out the questions equally, and write them in every direction. Below is a list of the questions that I used.

What is your favorite dessert?

What is your favorite sport to watch?

What is a song or album you have listened to recently?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What is your favorite cereal?

What did you do at recess as a kid?

Tell something that not many people know about you.

Where do you want to live when you grow up?

If you could only eat one food for your whole life what would it be?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

What time do you wake up on a Saturdays and Sundays?

What is your least favorite chore?

What is your favorite restaurant?

What is your most favorite thing to wear?

If you could have chosen your name what would you have chosen?

How many places did you live growing up?

What is the strangest food you have ever tried?

What is something that you currently saving up $ to buy?

What was your least favorite subject/class in elementary school?

What makes you extremely happy?

If you could give someone life advice what would it be?

What is your favorite way to waste time?

What is your favorite physical characteristic about yourself?

What is your favorite food?

Where were you born?

What is your favorite sport to play?

What kind of pets do you have?

If you could be an animal what would it be and why?

If you had a day to do whatever you wanted to do, what would you do?

What is the best vacation you have been on?

Tell about the best advice you have ever received.

Where did you grow up?

What is your favorite snack?

If you were to be stranded somewhere, where would you hope to be stranded?

What is your favorite tv show?

Jelly beans or Hershey kisses?

If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

What is your favorite holiday?

Would you eat bugs if they were covered in chocolate?

What do you own right now that you will keep forever?

If you were famous, what would it be for?

Name someone you trust.

Are you going to have kids when you grow up? How many?

What is your least favorite food?

Cats or dogs?

Describe your dream vacation.

Where do you like to go to be alone?

What is your least favorite vegetable?

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Who do you live with?

How would your best friend describe you?

Tell us something good that has happened to you in the last month

Describe your dream home.

Tell about something funny that has happened to you.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

List 3 words that describe yourself.

What was your first pet?

What is your favorite color?

What’s your favorite video game?

Name something that you’re really good at.

If you were a cartoon or comic character, who would you be?

What parent is going to freak out most when you learn to drive?

If you could go to dinner with anyone who would it be?

How do you like to relax?

What is your favorite book?

Do you collect anything?

How do you celebrate your birthday?

What is the best costume you ever wore for Halloween?

What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?

Cookies or cake?

What two television channels do you watch most often?

What kind of car will you drive when you are grown up?

What would you do if you won the lotto?

When you go to college, what state do you think it will be in?

Snow or the beach?

If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be?

What is a signature dish that you cook?

Would you rather live by the beach or by a lake?

If you were on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?

Do you have any weird talents?

If you were a teacher, what subject would you teach?

What instrument would you like to learn to play?

If you were invisible for a day what would you do?

What is your favorite candy?

If you had three wishes what would you wish for?

Have you ever met a celebrity?

City or countryside?

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Describe the perfect sandwich.

Would you rather live in the North Pole or the Desert? Why?

What is your favorite store?

What are you afraid of?

What is your dream job?

Would you rather be able to read minds or tell the future?

What is the best thing that happened to you last year?

What is the furthest place that you’ve traveled to?

What are your top 3 favorite movies?

How tall do you think you’ll grow?

What is your favorite fruit?

What is your middle name?

What languages do you speak?

If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?

If you could have any colored hair what color would it be?

What is your favorite song?

IfIf you could move anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

What is your pets name?

What is the first thing that you do when you get out of bed?

If you could invent a jelly belly flavor what would it be?

What is the scariest movie that you’ve ever watched?

What was the best gift you’ve ever received?

How many siblings do you have?

Would you rather be indoors or outdoors?

Name two things on your bucket list.

What is your favorite season?

If you had a pet dinosaur, what would you name it?

What qualities do you look for in a friend?

Who is someone you admire and why?

What do you like to do during summer vacation?

If you were a musician, what music would you make?

What was your favorite toy as a little kid?

If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

If you could learn to speak a different language, what would you speak?

Are you afraid of heights?

Which family member are you most like?

What are you most thankful for?

What is your biggest dream?

If you had to be trapped in a tv show for a month which show would you choose?

What month were you born in?

Would you rather be able to run at the speed of light or be able to fly?

Would you rather be very hot or very cold?

What color is your bedroom?

If you were a spy what would your alias be?

What was the last movie you saw in the theater?

What is your favorite chip flavor?

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