Here’s another mixer / icebreaker that works well with smaller groups. If you have a large group you can take five volunteers and bring them upfront to execute in front of their peers.
Line your group up or sit in a circle. The leader begins the mixer with a story. It’s important to begin the story with some depth so students have material to work with. When the leader says the word, “suddenly” it’s now the next person’s turn to pick up the story where the leader left off. They develop the story and pass it to the next person with the word, “suddenly” again.
Give each person a minimum/maximum time limit. You have to build your story for at least 30 seconds but no more than a minute to help move the mixer along. If you have a group that is talkative this could be a good way to get their vocal energy out before you move on to something more focused.
Here’s an example of a start.
It was an unusual day. I woke up to the sound of a large crow gathered outside of my house in the street. Looking through the window I could see a mix of emotions on everyone’s face. Some people were astonished while others looked horrified. I had no idea what the commotion was but I knew I had to rush outside immediately! Just then my phone rang and it was my best friend. I declined the call so I could throw on some clothes and race to the front door. As soon as I opened the front door “suddenly…” (the next person’s turn)