Icebreaker: Superhero Name Toss

Ideal for groups whose members are unfamiliar with one another, Superhero Name Toss is a great icebreaker activity to get your group on their feet and engaged while getting to know each person’s name in a fun way. This icebreaker follows the traditional name toss format, but instead of tossing an item, participants enter the circle, strike a superhero pose and then trade places.

Time Needed: 10 minutes

Group Size: 6 or more (Challenge and fun increase with group size!)

Materials: None

Directions: Ask participants to form a circle. Facilitator(s) should join the circle but not stand next to each other. Beginning with one of the facilitators, quickly go around the circle and have each participant say their name and where they are from (if relevant). Next, ask for a volunteer to start the game. This person says, “Hi (name)” and calls out the name of another player across the circle. The two meet in the middle of the circle, each strike a superhero pose and then take each other’s spot in the circle. The person whose name was called then calls out the name of someone else in the circle, they strike a superhero pose in the middle and then exchange spots. The game continues this way until everyone’s name has been called.  

Before beginning, show them an example of a superhero pose (Superman flying, Spider-Man shooting webs, etc.) and ask for a few others to share some examples. (They don’t have to relate to specific superheroes. For instance, you could flex muscles/strike a muscle pose.)

If time permits, go through the game again, calling names in the same order. Encourage participants to change up their superhero pose this time.

At the end, have everyone turn and introduce themselves to the person on either side of them.  

Debrief Questions:

  • Why is it important that we learn and use each other’s names?
  • What are some techniques we can use to help us?
  • What can we do if we forget someone’s name?
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