Youth Icebreakers - “Ice” Breakers and Forgiveness
Youth Icebreakers - “Ice”
Breakers and Forgiveness
This is a collection of youth icebreaker
games using ice cubes. The primary
game leads into a discussion on
mistakes and forgiveness.
Below is a collection of youth
icebreaker games using ice cubes.
The primary game leads into a
discussion on mistakes and
Optional Ice Games
Make a lot of ice cubes using
standard ice cube trays. (Note: If you
Use hot water you get clearer ice
cubes.) If you sprinkle them with salt
the youth can stick them together to
create ice sculptures of people and
other fun shapes.
Ice Cube Musical Chairs
Play musical chairs with a large
block of ice. Teams of youth pass
the ice while the music plays and
whoever is holding the ice when the
music stops is eliminated from the
game. As a variation, give those
eliminated a small ice cube. If any
youth who was eliminated can use
their hands to get the ice to melt
before the game finishes they can
join back into the game.
In this game the objective is to melt
the ice cubes given as quickly as
possible. Teams may only use their
hands to melt the ice. The first team
to melt all the given ice cubes wins.
Ice Melt II
In this game, the objective is for the
youth to fill a glass with water to the
top using only the dropping water
from melted ice. Again they may
only use their hands to melt the ice.
Only one ice cube can be melted at
Freeze a large soaked cotton t-shirt for
each youth team in a zip lock baggie. Ring
it out just a little so there is enough water
for it to freeze solid, but not enough so
that it is inside large block of ice. Scrunch
up the t-shirt rather than fold it. Remove
the t-shirts from the freezer 15-20
minutes before the game to let them thaw
just a bit. Team members must somehow
thaw the t-shirt using only their hands and
bodies until they can open it up and on
team member puts it on and wears it. No
liquids or sharp objects are allowed to be
used. (Note: Try this once for yourself. It
can take quite some time to thaw the shirt
enough to wear it, depending on the
weather and the amount of water in the
What you need
You’ll need two buckets or large
containers and two ice cube trays
worth of ice for each team.
Teams then form lines and race to
pass all the ice cubes from the
front bucket to the back bucket
for each team.
Rules of the game
1. Team members must always
look forward at all times and
cannot look back, even for a
2. Each youth in the line must
pass the ice cubes one at a
time over his or her back to
the person immediately
behind them in line.
3. If an ice cube is dropped, it
must be passed forward, one
person at a time under the
legs of the person in front
until it reaches the beginning
of the line. It then is passed
back as per the normal rules.
Award the winning team then ask the
losing teams the following questions:
1. What happened during the game?
2. What were the difficulties
3. What could you do differently to
be more successful if you played
4. If you personally dropped the ice
how did you feel? How did you feel
toward your team? How did you
5. If someone on your team dropped
the ice, how did you honestly feel
toward them? How did you
respond when someone dropped
Take it to the Next Level
Make it Spiritual
Read Matthew 18:21-35
1. Are some mistakes easier to
forgive than others? Explain?
2. Why is it sometimes difficult
to forgive others?
3. What can we learn about
forgiveness from this parable
and the response of Jesus to
Make it Practical
• What lessons can we learn
from this activity as a group
of believers, as the body of
• In what ways do your actions
affect others, either positively
• How do mistakes and
setbacks affect others?
• How do we recover?
• How does forgiveness fit in?
Make it Personal
• What do you find it personally,
hardest to forgive?
• What are some ways you can be
“Then Peter came to Jesus and
asked, ‘Lord, how many times
shall I forgive my brother or sister
who sins against me? Up to seven
times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell
you, not seven times, but seventy-
seven times.’” – Matthew 18:21-
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world’s most popular group icebreaker
activities, but also includes lesson ideas and
questions to smoothly transition into
discussions about issues common to most
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Icebreakers Ahead: Take it to the next Level