Tip #205: Beach Ball Ice Breaker

This week’s idea comes from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, via Natalie and Nicky. To break the ice and help participants get to know each other at the beginning of a training program, they throw a beach ball with questions written all over it. When a participant catches the ball, s/he answers the question facing him or her. What a creative use of a familiar playful object. Thank you, Natalie and Nicky!

If you do something equally creative to help folks get to know each other, please let us know.

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