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Throw your Name

Brief:Feel good ice breaker

Equipment: post-it notes, pens

Step by Step

  1. Each young person writes their name on a piece of paper and one interesting fact about themselves and crumples it into a ball.
  2. When each person has done it ask them to begin moving around the space and throwing the ‘balls’ to each other; they should not hold the ‘ball’ for more than 10 seconds.
  3. After 2-3 mins (depending on the size of the group), the youth worker shouts stop; all participants with balls in their hands should keep a hold on them; those without should pick one up from the floor.
  4. Whilst the group are still standing, they should open and read the name and interesting fact they have as if they are introducing a famous person, the person whose name and fact was read out takes a bow, everybody claps.

Things to Consider

It can be hard to think about an interesting fact, if this feels to be an issue with the group that you are working with you can task them to write down their favourite (thing) such as colour etc.


This exercise allows for a feel-good start the session, everybody has the chance to feel special and supported by the group.

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