300+ Icebreaker Questions for Small Groups (Free PDF)

You don't need to be BFFs with someone to get to know them. These icebreaker questions are sure to get any small group of first-time acquaintances learning about each other’s interests and experiences.

Written by Ed Moss on July 2, 2020

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When you need to get a group of people engaging in conversation, it can feel intimidating or even overwhelming. Especially when you’re being introduced to a group of people for the first time.

What do you say? What is everyone interested in? Who talks first? What topic do you talk about? Do I need to say something funny? These are all the typical questions that can be running through everyone’s mind at that exact moment.

Thankfully, icebreakers are designed to get everyone sharing and talking by provoking interesting questions and thoughts from people in a group setting. Icebreaker questions aren’t meant to feel like a job interview, although interviewers have similar techniques for learning about an individual.

The best icebreaker questions contain a balanced combination of curiosity, delight, and discovery—and should aid in starting conversations that are able to draw responses from a majority of the crowd.

In smaller group settings, you might find that it’s easier to feel more connected with everyone around you - regardles of whether it's adults or kids This is because as humans, we’re naturally more comfortable when present with people that have similar interests and backgrounds as us.

The more intimate the setting, the easier it might feel to reveal certain details about yourself. Not to worry though, these icebreaker questions we’ve selected aren’t meant to give away all of your inner secrets and leaving you feeling vulnerable.

Instead, think of them as friendly nudges to help guide your conversations and get everyone engaged and participating.

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  1. Which decade do you love the most and why?
  2. What's the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  3. Do you have any brothers, sisters or cousins?
  4. Are you a cat person or a dog person?
  5. Are you a G-Cal kind of person or do you still prefer a physical planner?
  6. Are you a good dancer?
  7. Are you a more Type A or Type B person?
  8. Are you a morning person or a night person?
  9. Are you a planner or spontaneous?
  10. Are you a traveler or a homebody?
  11. Are you allergic to anything?
  12. Are you an early bird or night owl?
  13. Are you artistic?
  14. Are you close with your family?
  15. Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter?
  16. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night
  17. What was your favorite costume Halloween costume as a child?
  18. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  19. As a child, did you ever do something wrong but blamed it on your siblings?
  20. Beach or mountain?
  21. Best book you’ve ever read?
  22. Breakfast or dinner?
  23. Can you dance?
  24. Can you sing?
  25. Can you speak any other languages?
  26. Chocolate or vanilla?
  27. Choose two famous people from history you’d want on your team during a zombie apocalypse.
  28. Coffee or tea?
  29. What’s the first thing you drink when you wake up?
  30. Comedy or drama?
  31. Would you rather cook a meal or clean up after a meal?
  32. Would you rather sleep during the day or be up during night?
  33. Deep sea or outer space?
  34. Do you believe in luck?
  35. Do you consider yourself an entrepreneur?
  36. Do you eat breakfast regularly?
  37. Do you enjoy cooking or baking?
  38. Do you enjoy rollercoasters?
  39. Do you have a favorite plant?
  40. Do you have a favorite sports team? (any sport)
  41. Do you have a TV show that you're currently watching?
  42. Do you have any Christmas holiday travel plans?
  43. Do you have any Christmas traditions?
  44. Do you have any hidden talent?
  45. Do you have any pet peeves?
  46. Do you have any pets?
  47. Do you have any siblings?
  48. Do you have collections of things?
  49. Do you have lunch at home or head out to grab something to eat?
  50. Do you know how to speak more than one language?
  51. Do you love or hate surprises?
  52. Do you make your bed in the morning?
  53. Do you or do you not like watching horror films?
  54. Do you play any musical instrument?
  55. Do you play any sports?
  56. Do you prefer big dogs or small dogs?
  57. What is your favorite classic Disney movie?
  58. Do you prefer team or individual sports?
  59. Do you prefer to avoid or confront conflict?
  60. Do you read, watch TV, or do something else to fall asleep?
  61. Do you support any charities?
  62. Do you take notes or jot down ideas online or with a pen and paper?
  63. Do you think you could live without your smartphone (or other technology item) for 24 hours?
  64. Do you watch Netflix shows? What's your favorite?
  65. Favorite Disney hero or heroine?
  66. Friends or Seinfeld?
  67. Halloween or 4th of July?
  68. Hamburgers or hot dogs?
  69. Has anyone saved your life before? Have you ever saved someone else's?
  70. Has your taste in music changed in the last 10 years?
  71. Have you accomplished the one thing you’d want to be remembered for when you die?
  72. Have you ever been in a car accident?
  73. Have you ever been to summer camp growing up?
  74. Have you ever been told you look like someone famous, who was it?
  75. Have you ever broken a bone? If yes, then follow up with the story!
  76. Have you ever gotten super lost? What happened?
  77. Have you ever met your idol?
  78. Have you ever traveled outside of the country?
  79. Have you ever won a medal or trophy?
  80. Have you seen any good movies recently you would recommend?
  81. Have you seen your favorite musician in person?
  82. Hot or cold?
  83. What is your favorite movie genre to watch?
  84. How and where did you first meet your best friend?
  85. How do you feel is the best way to overcome challenges in life?
  86. How do you relieve stress and anxiety?
  87. How do you spend your weekends?
  88. How many books did you read last year?
  89. How many cups of coffee or tea do you have every day?
  90. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
  91. How many states have you been to?
  92. How much money would it take for you to give up your smartphone for a month?
  93. How would you spend your money if you won the lottery?
  94. How’d you get your worst scar?
  95. If a movie was made of your life - what genre would it be, and who would play you?
  96. If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go?
  97. If all your clothes had to be one color forever, what color would you pick?
  98. If given the opportunity, would you go to space?
  99. If you are to learn any new skill that is not related to work, what would it be?
  100. If you can choose a famous person to hang out with, who would it be?
  101. If you could act in any movie, what movie would you be in?
  102. If you could add anyone to Mount Rushmore who would it be; why?
  103. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you choose to be?
  104. If you could be guaranteed one thing in life (besides money), what would it be?
  105. If you could be immortal, what age would you choose to stop aging at and why?
  106. If you could be one superhero, which superhero would you be?
  107. If you could bring back any fashion trend what would it be?
  108. If you could change places with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
  109. If you could choose an imaginary friend, who would you choose and why?
  110. If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why?
  111. If you could choose any two famous people to have dinner with who would they be?
  112. If you could choose one hobby that now seems out of your reach either financially or time-wise, what hobby would you take up and why?
  113. If you could collect anything, what would it be?
  114. If you could do anything in the world as your career, what would you do?
  115. If you could drive any car, what car would you drive?
  116. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  117. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be and why?
  118. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
  119. If you could guest star on any television show, what would it be? Who would you play?
  120. If you could hang out with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why?
  121. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?
  122. If you could have any unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
  123. If you could have the power of teleportation right now, where would you go and why?
  124. If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?
  125. If you could instantly learn any skill, what would it be?
  126. If you could live any historical figure’s life, which one would you choose?
  127. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
  128. If you could live in any country, where would you live?
  129. If you could live in any state, which state would you pick?
  130. If you could magically become fluent in any language, what would it be?
  131. If you could pick one job to do forever (and be guaranteed all the money you need), what job would it be?
  132. If you could read one book over and over for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  133. If you could get rid of one thing in the world, what would it be?
  134. If you could see one movie again for the first time, what would it be and why?
  135. If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why?
  136. If you could switch places with anyone in your family for a day, who would it be?
  137. If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?
  138. If you could write a book, what genre would you write it in?
  139. If you had a boat, what would you name it?
  140. If you had a time machine, would go back in time or into the future?
  141. If you had to be an animal, which animal would you be?
  142. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would it be?
  143. If you had to move to another country, where would you move?
  144. If you were an Olympic athlete, what would be your sport?
  145. If you were famous, what would you be famous for?
  146. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
  147. If you were trying out for a singing reality show, what song would you sing?
  148. If you won the lottery and you had to spend the money on yourself, how would you spend it?
  149. If your house was on fire and you could only grab three things, what would they be?
  150. In high school did you receive a superlative?
  151. Is there a dish you cook exceptionally well?
  152. Is there a habit you want to change?
  153. Mountain or beach, which one would you prefer for vacation?
  154. Pancakes or waffles?
  155. Pick any band to play at your funeral.
  156. Pick something from your pocket/purse and tell us why that thing is inside there.
  157. Popcorn or M&Ms?
  158. Pull out your phone; what’s your most used emoji?
  159. Rain or snow?
  160. Salty or sweet?
  161. Ski, snowboard, or surf?
  162. Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
  163. Teleportation or flying?
  164. Tell us about your best Christmas activity!
  165. Tell us five things you always carry in your backpack!
  166. Tell us one thing we don’t know about you.
  167. Tell us the bravest thing you've done in your life?
  168. Tell us the Christmas film you always watch every year!
  169. Tell us what's your hero as a child. Why was he/she your hero?
  170. Tell us when last you took a big risk?
  171. Thunderstorms: scary or thrilling?
  172. Train or plane?
  173. Use one word to describe your childhood bedroom.
  174. What about showers? Do you prefer morning or night?
  175. What afterschool activity did you quit as a kid, and why?
  176. What are you doing next weekend?
  177. What are you the biggest fan of?
  178. What are your top 3 favorite foods?
  179. What are your favorite songs from your teenage years that you still jam to?
  180. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
  181. What are your top three favorite phone apps?
  182. What band would you be embarrassed to admit you listen to?
  183. What blog or website are you embarrassed to admit you love?
  184. What breed of dog would you be?
  185. What celebrities share your birthday?
  186. What celebrity do most people say you look like?
  187. What college did you attend?
  188. What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?
  189. What completely safe animal are you inexplicably afraid of?
  190. What did you dress up as for last Halloween?
  191. What do you never leave the house without (can’t be your phone, keys or wallet)?
  192. What do you pretend to hate but actually love?
  193. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime?
  194. What food could you not live without?
  195. What food will you never eat?
  196. What fruit or vegetable would you most want to be?
  197. What game show do you think you could win?
  198. What has been on your ‘to-do’ list the longest?
  199. What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
  200. What is something that frustrates you at work?
  201. What is something you are looking forward to?
  202. What is something you do that you don’t like to do?
  203. What is something you would like to learn?
  204. What is something you've done that nobdoy would expect?
  205. What is the best concert you have ever been to?
  206. What is the best hotel or Airbnb you have ever stayed at?
  207. What is the best trip you ever took and why?
  208. What is the best TV show of all time?
  209. What is the best way to get over a breakup?
  210. What is the greatest lesson you learned from your parents?
  211. What is the most adventurous thing you have done?
  212. What is the most obscure superpower you would want?
  213. What is your absolute dream job?
  214. What is your favorite book genre to read?
  215. What is your favorite cuisine?
  216. What is your favorite dessert?
  217. What is your favorite item you’ve bought this year?
  218. What is your favorite meal to cook and why?
  219. What is your favorite musical instrument and why?
  220. What is your favorite scent?
  221. What is your favorite summer activity?
  222. What is your favorite television network?
  223. What is your favorite television show and why?
  224. What is your favorite way to unwind?
  225. What is your favorite app?
  226. What is your favorite baked good?
  227. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
  228. What is your go to movie theater snack?
  229. What is your preferred music genre?
  230. What is your preferred YouTube vlog channels?
  231. What piece of clothing best describes you?
  232. What sort of physical exercise do you enjoy?
  233. What was the first thing you remember saving up money to buy on your own?
  234. What was the last movie you attended?
  235. What was the last thing you ate?
  236. What was your favorite film you watched as a child?
  237. What was your first record, tape or CD that you ever owned?
  238. What was your least favorite food as a child? Do you still hate it or do you love it now?
  239. What would be the absolutely must-have-thing in your dream house?
  240. What's the most amazing thing you've seen in nature?
  241. What's the most difficult thing you've ever done?
  242. What's your favorite music band a decade ago?
  243. What’s a weird fact you happen to know?
  244. What’s is one thing we don’t know about you?
  245. What’s something that everyone else seems to love—that you don’t understand?
  246. What’s the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?
  247. What’s the best thing you’ve bought so far this year?
  248. What’s the funniest thing that ever happened on your family vacation?
  249. What’s your favorite cereal?
  250. What’s your favorite comfort food?
  251. What’s your favorite dessert?
  252. What’s your favorite family tradition, past or present?
  253. What’s your favorite flower or plant?
  254. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
  255. What’s your favorite holiday?
  256. What’s your favorite movie and why?
  257. What’s your favorite musical instrument?
  258. What’s your favorite mythical creature?
  259. What’s your favorite part of a county fair?
  260. What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled?
  261. What’s your favorite sandwich and why?
  262. What’s your favorite scent?
  263. What’s your favorite sports team?
  264. What’s your first memory as a child?
  265. What’s your most embarrassing moment from your teen years?
  266. Where did you grow up?
  267. Where do you normally shop for Christmas?
  268. Where do you prefer to live - city or countryside?
  269. Where do you spend most of your day?
  270. Where do you want to see yourself in 10 years?
  271. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
  272. Where were you born?
  273. Which best describes you? An introvert or an extrovert?
  274. Which celebrity would you pick to exchange lives with?
  275. Which is typically better, the book or the movie?
  276. Who is the greatest cook you know?
  277. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
  278. Who is your celebrity look-alike?
  279. Who is your craziest/most interesting relative?
  280. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
  281. Who is your favorite comedian?
  282. Who is your favorite Disney hero or heroine?
  283. Would you go with aliens if they beamed down to Earth?
  284. Would you prefer luxury beach vacations or backpacking?
  285. Would you rather always be slightly late or super early?
  286. Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?
  287. Would you rather be able to run at 100 miles per hour or fly at 10 miles per hour?
  288. Would you rather be able to talk to animals or fluently speak all foreign languages?
  289. Would you rather be able to teleport or fly?
  290. Would you rather be reincarnated as a cat or a dog?
  291. Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in the room?
  292. Would you rather be without internet or your phone for a whole week?
  293. Would you rather go back in time or visit the future?
  294. Would you rather go out for the night or stay home?
  295. Would you rather have a small dinner party with your 5 closest friends or a giant party with everyone you know and love?
  296. Would you rather live in the mountains or on the beach?
  297. Would you rather live somewhere it’s always hot or somewhere it’s always cold?
  298. Would you rather put an end to war or world hunger?
  299. Yoga or running?
  300. You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?
  301. You have your own late night talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

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