‘Human Bingo’ is a fun way to introduce participants to each other, at the start of the training, workshop or meeting. ‘Human Bingo’ is excellent for getting good energy. I always see hugely enthusiastic and happy faces. You hear everyone talking to each other, a lot of movement, laughing and finally there is someone calling “Bingo !!!”.
• a bingo card with statements (for each participant a card).
The group is instructed to enter into a dialogue with each other and to enter the names of the participants on the bingo card.
After all the participants are in possession of a bingo card, the icebreaker starts. Then people start talking to each other and try to answer all the statements on the bingo card as quickly as possible. An example: “Are you in possession of a first aid diploma?” If the person to whom the question is asked “yes”, he writes his name on your bingo card.
The person who called “Bingo!” may come forward. Naturally, the card is checked. I do this by simply mentioning one of the questions: ‘Which of you is in possession of a first aid diploma?’
You can only ask one question at a time. Then you must first have been with someone else before you can ask a second question to the same person.
Try to fill your bingo card with as many different names as possible.
Find a participant for whom the question is valid.
Have this person fill in his or her name in the box.
Only one name will appear in each box moreover, each name can be placed on the card only once.
Loudly call “BINGO” once you have filled all the boxes.
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Mark Collard is the founder and director of playmeo and he has written many books on the subject of icebreakers.
He started playmeo as an innovative online platform to share fun and valuable group games. Besides having a website and many books on his name, he now also has a youtube channel. It is called Mark Collard and it gives a helpful guide on how to facilitate a great group activity. The channel also give a few examples of great teambuilding activities.
In this video he explains and shows a fun exercise you can do with a group of people that don’t know each other yet.
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This icebreaker is great with a group that just met.
this activity promotes
Time: 10 – 15 min
Participants: 6 – 14
Inside as well as outside.
All the participants stand in a circle.
The participants just met each other and may have done some games already to get to know each other.
How it works
Make sure that the participants only hit under the knees, in such a way that it doesn’t hurt.
Keep changing the rules. To make sure that it stays interesting.
Something to do in between the training is ’the roundcounter’. It’s energetic, big fun and after it’s finished people have learned a few things.
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How does it work/Instruction
The instruction for the group is as following:”You have to take ten staps forward, after that you turn 180 degrees and you take nine steps back, you turn 180 degrees again and you take nine steps back, then you turn 180 degrees again and you take eight steps back, etc. etc. until you can’t take steps anymore.”
One person will take the lead and count out loud. The other person will have mostly big FUN while another person wants to be guided by others and another person wonders why he/she is doing this. What did you show? What have you learnt as a group for the future?