The Best Icebreaker Ever

This activity was developed by Dr. Siobahn Smith-Jones of the University of Louisville and Dr. Jayne Henson.


Materials Needed: None.


Estimated Class Time Needed: 20 to 25 minutes total. 15 to 20 minutes for activity, 5 to 10 minutes for discussion.


Instructions: This activity helps students make connections with their peers in the class.


Instructions for Students: Circle your favorite item from each line. Then find someone else who has that preference and record their name next to the line.


  1. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry ice cream/yogurt/dairy item

  2. Comedy, drama, action, horror, science fiction

  3. Pepperoni, veggie, cheese, custom, I'll eat anything pizza

  4. Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, other

  5. Cats, dogs, I'm allergic, other

  6. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white

  7. Mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, Eww... no, I prefer...

  8. Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Cher, I hate leotards and everything about them

  9. Grease, High School Musical, Footloose, I hate movies about high school

  10. Zippers, button-fly, or elastic

  11. Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, other, I don't have a preference for horror movie killers!

  12. Diamondbacks, Braves, Orioles, Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Cleveland, Rockies, Tigers, Astros, Royals, Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, Mets, Yankees, Oakland, Phillies, Pirates, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Cardinals, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays, Nationals, I don't follow baseball

  13. Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens, Bills, Panthers, Bears, Bengals, Cowboys, Broncos, Lions, Packers, Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Dolphins, Vikings, Patriots, Saints, Giants, Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Steelers, 49ers, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Titans, Washington

  14. Spielberg, Scorsese, Kubrick, del Toro, Tarantino, Who are these people?

  15. Gummy bears, gummy worms, no thanks

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