if game


“If” is a simple mixer to get kids talking. You can use these about anywhere. For programming you can simply gather students in groups of three. Have them introduce themselves to each other and then pick a couple of questions from this list for them to share their responses to. You can ask the audience to pick the person in the group that had the most interesting/best answer and then walk around with the microphone to have a few people share their response.

  1. If you could buy a plane ticket right now to go anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
  2. If you could have been born in any time period; 20’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, which decade would you have wanted to live in?
  3. If you were stranded on an island but had food delivered to you everyday via parachute, which fast food restaurant do you think you could eat everyday on that island and be comfortable with? ie; McDonalds, Taco Bell, Subway, etc.
  4. If you could be the best in the world at a specific skill, what skill do you wish it could be?
  5. If you could be a star in any movie, what movie do you wish you would have starred in?
  6. If you could be a member of any band, which band would you want to be in?
  7. If you could spend 30 minutes face to face with anyone in the world who would it be?
  8. If you could change anything about your school, what would you change?
  9. If you could travel to your future what one thing would be the most curious to know?
  10. If you could have a super power, what super power would you want to posses?


One Response to “IF MIXER”

  1. Patty January 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    This reminds me of a great ‘ice breaker’ I’ve used with groups who know each other a little better, who need prompting to open up a little more. (Sorry, I can’t remember if I’ve already shared this on this website already! Sorry if I have…) This has worked great in a car of 2-3 kids driving to camp, or a friend has even used it on a road trip with his daughters to get them to open up more and they all loved it.

    Take turns giving each other a word, any single word, and the person needs to tell a true story about themselves that that word reminds them of. They don’t need to include the word in their response. They just need to tell a story (not a single sentence or phrase) about themselves that comes to mind when they hear the word. For example, I could give a kid the word ‘farm’ and it reminds them of a week they spent at their grandmother’s house in rural Indiana. And they tell about the week at grandma’s. This has worked great with kids who you feel like only talk about the same things (sports, school, etc.) or for kids who have trouble making conversation. You can also use words like ‘regret,’ ‘do-over,’ ‘disappointment,’ ‘triumph.’ Give each kid a turn to tell about themselves, and a turn to give another person a word.

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