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Unusual Objects – Free Icebreaker

Duration: 5 - 10 minutes

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This free icebreaker is useful to help break the ice in a fun way at the beginning of a training session or meeting. It works well in encouraging participants to open up and share their feelings and have a little fun doing it.

Training course contents:

A set of instructions for the icebreaker, ‘Unusual Objects’ can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.

Resources – a collection of unusual objects (ensure you have 5 more than you have participants). Examples could be – A squishy ball, rubber teeth, a golf ball, a sponge, glitter, a shoe lace, a stick of gum, a key etc.

Instructions – when participants enter the room, greet them as normal and ask them to take an object from the collection you have laid out on a desk. Do not explain why, even if they ask.

Ask participants to introduce themselves in the normal way with their name, job role etc. Then ask them to explain why they chose the unusual object that they did when they entered the room. They might explain it in the following ways (real life examples from our experience)…

‘I chose the sponge because I want to soak up as much information as I can today and I think it will help.’

‘I chose the golf ball because I’ve had a long drive in today, but I’m ready to come to the fore and hope I’m treated in a fairway.’

‘I chose the stick of gum as I’ll need it to chew over the problems and ensure the message sticks.’


This icebreaker is great fun and adds an interesting twist to training introductions. It gives participants an opportunity to show their fun side and be a little creative.

Unusual Objects – Free Icebreaker


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