As many of us move towards in-person women’s ministry events and activities, icebreaker games that encourage social-distancing practices provide comfort and safety.
Even if your women are comfortable attending a women’s ministry event with seats spread further apart, they may not be ready to mix and mingle up-close.
The best social-distancing icebreaker games:
- Discourage sharing game pieces or props
- Allow women to maintain a 6-foot distance
- Cater to the least comfortable in the room
- Minimize movement
Socially-distanced icebreaker games don’t necessarily require more work, but they do require a bit of planning. Your team will want to think through the details, so everyone feels comfortable.
Instead of an icebreaker game, you may wish to use icebreaker questions that invite women to connect and share at a distance.
You could have everyone answer the same question in smaller groups or partner-up your attendees and have them share their answer to the question with one another – especially great for those questions that lend themselves to a longer answer.
Safe ideas for sharing icebreaker questions:
- Put the question on a PowerPoint slide.
- Write it in large print on a large dry erase board.
- Print off the question on cardstock and place it upright in a table number holder, binder clip, or in a miniature frame.
- Print out the icebreaker questions and distribute them in advance at each seat.
- Print them out on sticker paper and attach one to each program or name tags.
The Fall Table Talk Cards, Christian IF Questions (general and Christmas version), Movie Icebreaker Questions, and Would You Rather? (Summer and Christmas versions) all contain printable cards you could distribute. The 31 Introduction Icebreaker Questions are great too, but not available on printable cards to cut and distribute.
You can also invite women to respond to icebreaker questions by standing up and sitting down, raising their hand, giving a thumbs up, or holding up a square of green (yes) or red (no) paper they’ve been given.
You could also adapt a bingo-style icebreaker game. Instead of having your women work the room to find others whose experience matches the square, ask people to stand up or raise their hand if they are a match. Call out each square row-by-row.
Traditional bingo would be a great game to play too. You can find the details for the fancy, free version that we’ve used in the post How to Host a Game Night. I would definitely provide several printed bingo cards and a bingo marker for each attendee.
Whole Group Games
Whole group games that involve everyone without movement could also be fun while respecting social distancing recommendations.
Consider asking the group for words to play Madlibs. Invite your women to share a noun, verb, adjective, etc. to fill in a Mad Lib worksheet. One of your leaders will need to complete the sheet with the suggestions and then read the silly story the group has created. Be sure you explain the difference between an adjective and adverb (if they are needed for your story). Check out these Easter-themed Mad Libs, Mad Libs for Kids, and this big list of Mad Lib stories (don’t miss the word part definitions at the top).
Ask women to bring one of their favorite things or an item for “show and tell”. If you have a large gathering, break them into smaller groups and invite each group to have one member share with the larger group. Consider giving women a category for their “show and tell” item from my Night at the Museum Game.
Story-telling games are another option. Women add to the story one sentence at a time as it moves around the circle.
And lastly, you could use icebreaker games that work well in small groups. You can find the complete list of the best small group icebreaker games in this post.
Though icebreaker games will require a little more thought in this season, you’ll find your women will appreciate the opportunity to share and connect with one another after being apart for so long.
You may also want to read:
Icebreakers & Games
10 Things Icebreakers Should Not Do
How to Determine the Best Icebreaker for Your Event
Why Women’s Ministry Events Need Great Icebreakers
Why I Don’t Do Bible Games
Why I Don’t Do White Elephant Exchanges