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Get Aquainted Games

Acquaintance games are always employed when a group must get to know each other at the beginning. This is usually the case at the beginning of a new group meeting or on the first evening of a children’s or youth’s camp.
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  1. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingElf, Giant, Magician

    On the leaders command, the couples must assume positions to show the character and they must also make the sounds of that character. This game is similar to Rock-Paper-Scissors.

  2. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfoldsA blind pair

    Players turn, walk towards each other and meet up while blindfolded.

  3. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: music playerPartner body positions

    When the music stops, the leader will announce two body positions.

  4. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingLine up

    The groups must line up in correct order.

  1. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingZipp-Zapp

    The chosen player must name the player on his left (right).

  2. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingShoe Pile

    Everyone takes off one shoe and throws it onto a pile in the middle of the group. Then everyone will choose a shoe and try to find the player who owns the shoe.

  3. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingStand up

    Two (or more) players sit back to back with legs stretched out in front of them. They must try to stand up without using their arms.

  4. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingGreeting Rituals

    The members of the group greet each other using different greetings rituals.

  5. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ballThe ball with names

    The group sits or stands in a circle. A ball is thrown to someone whose name is called out at the same time.

  6. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingBackwards names

    Your own name is said backwards.

  7. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paper and pencilsName crossword

    Each letter of your name is represented by a question where the first letter of the answer gives the different letters of the name.

  8. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingMaking gestures

    Like "I went to the market" but with gestures and movements.

  9. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingBang

    Out of the game is either: the person who ducked too slowly.

  10. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingPip squeak

    The blind person in the middle must guess who made the noise.

  11. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingIntroduction - Starter questions

    A few questions which can be posed during an introductory round.

  12. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: bonbons, sweets, or toilet paperSmarties and stories

    Each player takes a few numbers of M & M’s or Smarties out of a bag. After all have taken from the bag, each person tells one thing about themselves for each piece of candy taken.

  13. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paper (cards) and pencilsWho is it?

    Everyone writes down 4-5 personal characteristics about themselves. The group then guesses who the characteristics belong to.

  14. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ball of yarnThe group (spider) net

    A ball of yarn is thrown randomly from one person to the next while posing a question with each throw.

  15. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: newspaperNewspaper Slaps

    The player in the middle must “tap” the person named with the newspaper before that person can call out another person’s name.

  16. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paper (cards) and pencils3 wishes, 3 truths, 3 important things

    Each person writes down 3 wishes. Afterwards the group guesses whose wish is whose.

  17. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: long boardFormation line

    The entire group must stand on a board. On command, they line up by alphabet, height or age in the right order without speaking.

  18. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blanket or a doorHands

    Hands behind a stretched over a blanket screen must be recognised.

  19. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paper and pencilsGroup estimations

    The group estimates themselves (total age, height, distance to school.)

  20. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: balloons, water proofed pencilsWhose balloon is this?

    Everyone snaps a balloon and brings it to the person whose name is on the balloon.

  21. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfoldsSecret calls

    Each group agrees on a special signal. All members are blindfolded and must try to find each other.

  22. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfoldsBlindly sorted

    All members of the group are blindfolded and have the challenge of standing in a row according to size, age, etc.

  23. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfolds, cards with animal namesAnimals find their partner

    Each blindfolded member of the group must now try to find his partner by making animal sounds.

  24. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfolds, spoon grabSpoon grab

    A blindfolded member of the group must try to recognise another group member with a table spoon.

  25. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blanketWho knows all of the group members by name?

    On the command, the members of staff let the blanket fall. Whoever names the person sitting opposite them first has won.

  26. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blanketWhat Belongs to Whom?

    Volunteers stretch out their arms or legs out from under a blanket.

  27. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ball or heartI love…

    This is a good game to learn about the others’ hobbies and such.

  28. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: prepare and check cards with opposite tasks and check if the tasks really are possible.The perfect chaos

    Each group member receives a task. An exact opposite task exists for each task.

  29. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: prepared cards with the family namesFamily Maier, Meier, Mayer and Meyer

    A game for allocating and finding groups with initial communication difficulties.

  30. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: film pots with different contents.Like to like

    A game for allocating groups with noises.

  31. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paper, colours for the footprintLipstick kiss or footprint

    Every player makes a fingerprint, a lipstick kiss or a shoe print on his paper. The group guesses whose paper belongs to whom.

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