Wednesday, September 02, 2009

MOPS ~ IceBreaker Ideas

1) MOPS Icebreaker -- Mom goes on vacation

To complete this activity, give every mom a crayon and a sheet of paper.
Instruct the women to place the sheet of paper in front of them horizontally.

Recite the following to the women:

The event you have all been waiting for has finally arrived! You're going on a much needed vacation. Unfortunately, this is only an imaginary vacation, but it will be lots of fun! When I say so, please close your eyes, keep them closed, and then follow my directions. I will tell you when you can open your eyes again. We are going on a vacation to a tropical island. Please pick up your crayon. Close your eyes now, keep them closed, and follow my directions.

1. Draw an island on the middle of your paper.
2. To the left of the island, draw a ship.
3. You are surrounded by water, so put some fish in the sea.
4. This is a tropical island, so put a palm tree on the island.
5. It's a nice day, so put some birds in the air.
6. That ship didn't get there by itself, so put a sailor in the ship.
7. The sailor might get hungry, so put some coconuts on the palm tree.
8. Sailors like to see where they're going, so put some portholes on the ship.
9. Sailors like to see entertainment, so draw a hula dancer on the island.
10. It is a sunny day, so put a sun in the sky.

Now open your eyes and take a look at your beautiful drawing. Let's score your artwork to see who will win today's prize. 200 points are possible.


10 pts if your island is in the middle of the page
10 pts if your ship is to the left of the island, but not touching it
15 pts if you have more then one fish
20 pts if the base of your palm tree is on the island
15 pts if two or more birds are in the air
20 pts if the sailor is on the ship, and not swimming
15 pts if any coconuts are on the tree
25 pts if any porthole is on the ship
25 pts if the hula dancer is dancing on the island
20 pts if the sun is to the left
15 pts if the sun is to the right
10 pts if the sun is in the middle

Lengths of String Mixer
Everyone gets a length of string. Each string is the same length as one other person in the room. Students have to match up with their partner.

The Point: Discussion starter. Once matched, you can ask a pre-typed question for the partners to discuss.

This particular ice-breaker will work if there isn't a lot planned for the day i.e. no discussion groups, etc.

3) Speed Dating (Friendship) Questions..

Break into 2 (or 3 or 4) groups with women facing each other in chairs. Set a timer for 2 mins and keep a close watch on the time.

Here is a sample of questions that can be posted at each station:


Gone on a blind date?
Skipped school?
Been to Canada?
Been lost?
Swam in the ocean?
Been to Europe?
Been on the opposite side of the country?
Cried yourself to sleep?
Been to Mexico?
Played cops and Robbers or Cowboys and Indians?
Been to Africa?
Sang karaoke?
Been on a plane?
Paid for a meal with coins only?
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't?
Made prank phone calls?
Laughed until some sort of beverage came out of your nose?
Caught a snowflake on your tongue?
Baked a turkey?
Written a letter to Santa Claus?
Been kissed under the mistletoe?
Watched the sun rise on the East Coast?
Watched the sunset on the West Coast?
Been skinny dipping?
Sat outside in the rain?
Lived one of your dreams?
Eaten just cookies for dinner?
Been on TV?
Stolen traffic signs?

What is your:
Birth order?
Dream home?

What is your favorite:
Vacation spot?
TV show?
Body wash?
Time of day?

How do you:
See yourself in 10 years?
React to rude people?
Cook chicken most often?
Wash your tub?
Put your child(ren) to bed?
Make your child(ren) laugh?


That Mama said...

Cath, this was so helpful! I'm taking over our Moms2Moms group starting the 14th and needed some ideas! Thanks for posting this!


Anonymous said...

Thank you! I'm planning a MOPS meeting and needed some help with the icebreaker!!

Anonymous said...

Thank You. I have been looking for good questions for our MOPS this next week and have come up pretty empty until I saw your blog.

Ice Breaker Ideas said...

I love these ice breaker ideas, particularly the "Mum's Vacation". I will try it at my next girl's meeting. See my ice breaker ideas too!

Kelly said...

I would even go further to read a review on about Speed Dating Questionssite to make sure you aren't getting ripped off.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I will be taking over as Coordinator at my MOP's group this fall! Looking forward to all of the great plans that God has in store for me!

banning brewd said...

excellent ideas! thanks for sharing!!!

Bekki Lindner said...

Thank you for posting this! I have been racking my brain trying to think of "non-lame" mixers for our first week. We are going to do speed "dating." I love it! Have an awesome day!

Anonymous said...

Thank you on ice breaker duty at next meeting and have used up all my teacher ice breakers:)

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas! Will be using the Moms on Vacation for our last MOPS meeting before summer!!

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