Icebreaker Games For Adults At Work

Written by Aaron Betesta

Laughtercise Owner & Facilitator of Fun

Are you planning some icebreaker games for adults at work?

⚠️ Hold on! ⚠️


Take a step back, sit down, get a cuppa and read this resource or watch this video 👇



Icebreaker Games For Team Building – Top Ranking Google Resources


If you type ‘Icebreaker Games’ into Google, these are the top 2 ranking blogs:


59 Icebreaker Games (that your team won’t find cheesy)

70 fun (not cheesy) Icebreaker Games Your Team Will Enjoy


59?! 70???!! 🤯 Who has the time to sift through 70 examples??!! Well, we’ve sifted through all the examples on the top ranking blogs and most of them are, in fact, rather cheesy and not particularly ‘laugh your head off’ fun (and we have proof from industry leading research to back that up).

What we’re trying to say is… ✅ we’ve done the work for you ✅

We want to help you to get your teams looking like the teams below 👇


team playing icebreaker game activity    team playing icebreaker game activity

team playing icebreaker game activity    team playing icebreaker game activity


My name is Aaron and I run Laughtercise. It’s great to have you here reading this resource! Below you will find 2 of the very best icebreaker team building games. Just 2.

QUALITY, not quantity.


❌ If you want the safe option, get back searching on Google my friend ❌

✅ If you want to have your mentality towards Icebreakers challenged, keep reading ✅

This blog is disruptive and challenges the status quo.

Ready to jump in and break the ice…? 😁


Is it time to ditch the word Icebreaker…?


We’ve all been there…walked into a team meeting… and we’re confronted with someone saying this:

“Ok, let’s start with an icebreaker!”

Followed, by something like this:

“Let’s all write down three really interesting facts about ourselves, two true facts and one false. And then we have to guess which facts are true and false! It’ll be really fun!”

And nearly everyone in the room collectively cringes inside 🤢


Icebreaker Activity Research & Top Tips


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Pretty tough reading huh? But, let’s not be disheartened. We shouldn’t step away from opening meetings with a quick team building activity 👇


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You might be thinking ‘wait, this resource has ‘Icebreaker’ in the title, but you want me ditch the word?’

Yes please! The tricky thing about Google is that, if we didn’t name this resource the way we did, you wouldn’t have found it. So we had to be tricky!

It’s a challenging for tip 1, but get icebreaker ditched (your team will thank you for it!).

Right, so let’s start planning your ⚡Energiser⚡


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Are you feeling brave? I hope so. Because it’s now time to be brave…


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Below are two examples of great ⚡Energisers⚡. They require a few purchases and planning time, but they will be worth it.

Have you ever put a paper plate on your head and attempted to draw a picture on it? The answer is probably not, but it makes for a brilliant energiser 👇



You will need:

📍 1 paper plate (or piece of card) per person

📍 1 pen per person


📍 Step 1 – Instruct everyone to put their paper plate on their head 

📍 Step 2 – Instruct everyone to draw a picture on the paper plate. You can pick what picture they draw. Maybe you’re talking about customer care and you can get everyone to draw a smiling customer. Or if it’s Easter, get them to draw an Easter egg

📍 Step 3 – Instruct everyone to write their name underneath their drawing

📍 Step 4 – Give them 1 minute and get them to draw!

📍 Step 5 – After 1 minute, ask everyone to remove the plate and show to everyone around them 

This is what your team will look like playing this game 👇

team playing icebreaker game    team playing icebreaker game


Have you ever got your team battling it out over cups…? This game is absolutely wild!

❌ BE WARNED ❌ this game will create a huge amount of competition!



You will need:

📍 Paper cups (1 per two people)

📍 To line up tables so everyone can be facing each other (like in the videos)


📍 Instruct each person to face another person

📍 Tell everyone that you will be shouting out ‘head’, ‘shoulders’ and ‘knees’ and they have to follow the instruction

📍 Tell everyone that when you shout ‘cup’, they have to grab the cup. First person to grab it wins!

📍 Rotate everyone so they don’t continually face the same person

📍 Tell everyone to count how many wins they have!

This is what your team will look like playing this game 👇

team playing icebreaker activity cup game    team playing icebreaker activity cup game

team playing icebreaker activity cup game     team playing icebreaker activity cup game


For more energiser ideas check out our full guide to Team Building Activities for more inspiration.

On to your last tip and we’ll keep this one short…


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And that’s your 4 tips ✅


Come on, it’s time for change people! Let’s change how we do Icebreakers and Team Building Activities 💡

No more awkward groans 🥱

No more cringing faces 🤢

It’s time for energy ⚡️

It’s time for personality 😝

It’s time…

…to break the ice!


Fancy some more team building ideas? Check out our full guide to Team Building Activities.

You might end up getting your team looking like this 👇



Would you like to get your team ‘Laughtercised’?

team smiling after team building session    team smiling after team building session



If so, check out our Laughtercise Corporate Team Building Workshops that are ranked as ‘the best team building activity I’ve ever experienced’ by 52% of attendees. We’re the most impactful team building activity provider in the UK and 👉 here are 5 reasons why 👈


Have fun!

From Aaron & Team Laughtercise


Whether you’re looking for a unique hen do idea for your hen crew or a corporate team building workshop for your team, a Laughtercise session is all about creating as many smiles and laughter in your group as humanely possible!

We’ve scoured the world for the best exercises, activities and games that bring out smiles and giggles.

We would love to tell you that we’ve invented loads of activities but we haven’t invented ANYTHING. We’ve taken the best that exists, combined it together and made it better…our very own original recipe.

Simple ideas, simple games, all facilitated expertly.

We deliver sessions in-person or online.

Is your room small? Is it large? Inside? Outside? We’ll be there! We will work around you.

For team building sessions, we can come to your office or away day location. For hen parties, we can come to your accommodation or a private room that you’ve booked.

📍 Our Corporate Team Building Workshops vary from 10-minute energising conferences sessions to full away day sessions of 4hs

📍 Our Corporate Wellbeing Workshops can vary in length from 1hr to 3hrs

📍 Our Online Team Building Workshops can vary in length from 30mins to 1.5hrs

📍 For online sessions, the attendee limit is 1000.

📍 For in-person sessions, the only limit is how much room you have (the more the merrier!)

Our prices vary depending on the number of attendees, how long the session is for and where the session is held.

We can guarantee you this though…in terms of bang for buck, you’ll get a sonic boom 💥

Let’s get some time to discuss, get in touch 😀

Our Corporate Team Building Workshops have been described as ‘the most fun I’ve ever had at work’ by Amazon employees and in a recent NHS study, 77% of NHS session attendees reported feeling less stressed after their Laughtercise session.

Hens love Laughtercise too 👇

“It was so good, everyone loved it. We all highly recommend, the Laughtercise Team are an absolute dream. It was INCREDIBLE”

But the only way to truly find out, is to dive in and get smiling! 😁

We will rock your world ⚡

Yes, loads!

Take your pick 👇

📍 Team Building Activities that you can facilitate in-house

📍 Ideas to smash your Corporate Away Day

📍 Energisers For Conferences

📍 5 Hen Party Games that you can facilitate yourself

📍 NHS Staff Wellbeing resource for NHS wellbeing leads and staff




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