Icebreaker Games


Subject: Cardinal numbers


This fascinating game is designed specially for helping your new students to know each other better in first lessons.

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 8-10 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-12 players

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Classroom


- A calculator

- A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation: Not required  

How to Play. To start the game, you ask the children: 'How old are you?' As the players take it in turns to answer, you put the corresponding numbers into your calculator. When everyone has answered, you ask: 'How old are you altogether?' Once one of the children has said the correct number, you write it on the board like this:

Age: 127


Next, you ask, e.g.: 'How many sisters have you got?' and follow the same procedure. Then you calculate the number of brothers, aunts, uncles and so on. At the end of the activity, the players count up the statiscics of the class by saying all together: 'Altogether we are one hundred and twenty-seven years old, we've got five sisters, four brothers, ...'. There is no winner in this game, but its effectiveness as an icebreaker is great!

Note. At higher levels, you may wish to extend the activity. To that end, you can calculate additionally the total weight and height of the class.