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Castaway Luxuries – Free Icebreaker

Duration: 15-30 minutes

Intended for:

This free training game acts as an icebreaker to run at the beginning of a training event. It is useful when you want to get participants to open up and discuss their thoughts and feelings

Training course contents:

The document available for download at the bottom of this page contains the instructions you will need to run a simple, fun and effective icebreaker. You can also follow the notes below.

Instructions – introduce the icebreaker like this:

‘On 29 January 1942 a BBC radio programme first hit the airwaves and it is still goving strong.

A celebrity is invited into the studio and is asked to imagine that they are to be a castaway on a desert island. They are asked to choose eight pieces of music they would take with them. They are also told they can choose one luxury item one book.’

Ask: What is the programme called?

Answer: Desert Island Discs

Explain that this icebreaker is a variation on that radio programme.

Tell participants that they are to choose the following castaway luxuries:

  • 1 piece of music
  • 1 book
  • 1 luxury item

Instruct them to pair up with another participant. If possible, this should be someone they do not know or do not know well. After a few minutes ask each participant to introduce their partner by giving their name and the three items they chose.

Close the session by sharing your own castaway luxuries with the group.


Use this icebreaker to help break the ice at the beginning of a training event.

Castaway Luxuries – Free Icebreaker


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