Ice Breaker Activities


Puzzle Game
Give each participant a blank piece of puzzle (cut up a sheet of index card stock). Each person writes on the piece one skill that they can contribute to interprofessional collaborative patient care. Facilitator will have participants introduce themselves and share their skill with the group. The puzzle is then assembled to show that everyone contributes to the whole.

Have participants get into pairs and share with their partner what is the biggest misconception the public has about their professions. Ask participants to answer these questions: “How would you educate the public about this misconception?”; “How did you need about speaking about the misconceptions or hearing the misconceptions?”; “How might this occur when working with patients or caregivers?” (Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, 2007)

Acronyms and Jargon—ask everyone to write down 3 acronyms/jargons words that are common in their profession, but that may not be as familiar to other professions. Invite the group to search through the list looking for commonalities or differences in how words are used. (Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, 2007)

The 2-Minute Mixer
Group members pair up and have two minutes to find out about their partners answers to previously developed questions which are clearly posted on the wall. Questions should be designed to get participants talking – for example, “What is your profession?” or “What is your role in patient care?” After two minutes a bell rings and participants change partners and repeat the exercise. This is repeated so that participants meet several (or all, depending on group size) group members. (Drynan, D. & Murphy, S., 2013)

Depending on the size of the group, this activity can be done either with the whole group or with small subsets of the group. There should be 4-5 people in each group. Ask the group to list as many things as possible that they have in common. (You may want to list some ground rules – e.g., cannot include body parts/clothing). (Drynan, D. & Murphy, S., 2013)

The Best Team
Have each person share a description of the best team they have ever been on and why. Post characteristics on a flip chart. Debrief this exercise by having the team identify ways to achieve the best team characteristics.

Ball of Yarn
Direct the group to stand in a circle facing each other. Have one participant start, holding a ball of yarn. Ask him or her to share with the group his or her role in patient care. Have the participant hold onto the end of the yarn and pass the ball to someone else. That person grabs onto the line of yarn and shares his or her role. Continue this process, and if someone shares a similar role, ask for the ball of yarn to be passed back to that person. Continue to hold points on the line and build a yarn “patient care” net connecting the group. (Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, 2007)