New members mean new member retreats, meetings and sisterhood activities! Help your pledges get to know each other, and the chapter get to know the new girls, with some fun ‘get aquatinted’ games. These ice breakers and bonding games will assist everyone in making a closer connection!
☀ 6 fun sisterhood “let’s get better acquainted” games: ☀
- Blanket Name Game. Divide the new member class into teams of 10. Two teams go to the front of the room and sit on the floor. Have several assistants hold a large blanket or curtain between the two groups so they can’t see each other. For turns, one member of a team stands up in front of the blanket, the leader counts “1,2,3” and the blanket is dropped. The first player on the other team to correctly shout out the name of the girl standing wins a point. Raise the blanket again and the other team puts a member forward for the next turn at name guessing. Keep alternating team guesses and tally the points. Repeat until one team reaches a certain number of points, or your time limit runs out.
- Connecting Stories Game. Have the new members, or the chapter, divide into groups of 8-10. Distribute a pen and a small stack of post-it notes to each sister. The goal of the game is to connect mini-stories in an interesting way. Each person must share at least 1 item that connects to the previous part of the story. The post-its and pens are for jotting down key words and notes about the story. The first player begins by sharing an interesting story (the more quirky the better) Then the next player adds to the story by using one item from the first story and on around the group. One sentence is ideal for each storyteller. For example, the first girl says, “I am a chocoholic and I can’t go to sleep at night without a candy bar before bed.” The next girl has to use one key element from the first story to continue on. She might say, "Once I got lost in the woods at summer camp and all I had to eat for two days was a candy bar." The next player picks up on the word woods and adds, "Speaking of woods, my family had a cabin in the woods and it burned down after being struck by lightening." The stories are a fabulous way to learn new and interesting things about your sisters! At the conclusion, each small group can share their ‘connected story’ with everyone else.
- Four Corners Share. Give each sister one standard sheet of paper and a pencil or pen. Ask everyone to fold the paper two times to create four squares, or draw lines to make four squares. Divide into smaller groups of 6-8 for a more manageable size if needed. The leader asks everyone questions for each square. The players must draw a picture as the “answer.” The topics can be as fun, or as deep, as you want. For example for new members getting to know each other, you could ask: "In the top left box, what are your favorite hobbies? In the top right box, what is your ideal vacation spot? In the bottom left box, what are the most important things in your life? And in the bottom right box, what made you decide to join XYZ sorority?" Allow 5-10 minutes to draw and sign the papers. Share as a group or post them on one large bulletin board for everyone to see and enjoy. This is a great activity for a new member retreat.
- Deserted Island Game. Distribute a piece of paper and a pen to every member. Announce to everyone, "You’ve been exiled to a deserted island for a year. In addition to the essentials, you may take one piece of music, one book (which is not the Bible) and one luxury item you can carry with you. What would you take and why?" Give the sisters 5-10 minutes to answer the three questions and fold their paper in half. Collect them all and randomly distribute the pages to the group so they are reading someone else’s answers. Take turns reading them aloud and have everyone try to guess who wrote it by the answers. A fun way to share and get to know your new sisters better.
- Mask Making. This is a terrific activity for a chapter/new member retreat or a sisterhood social. Provide a piece of white card stock for each sister and a table of crafting supplies with things like markers, glue sticks, ribbon, scissors, popsicle sticks and lots of magazines. Ask each sister to cut out a full face shape with openings for eyes and mouth. Then instruct them to decorate their face cards on one side with what others see/know/believe about them from on the ‘outside.’ Then on the other side, decorate to represent what’s happening on the ‘inside’ that other people may not know about. Using markers and magazine pictures and text, some very interesting inside and out face cards can be created. When the collaging is completed, ask each sister to glue their mask to a popsicle stick. Then ask the group can mingle holding up their masks, discussing the designs and getting to know each other more deeply on the outside and the inside.
- One Minute Please. The goal of this game is to talk for one minute on a given subject. The leader announces a whacky topic and a member of the group is randomly selected to speak for one minute. Use a stopwatch/kitchen timer to monitor the time. Choose subjects to stimulate the imagination and provide funny stories. See how long each sister can ramble on before running out of things to say. One minute can seem like a long time when you’re not prepared. Subjects might include topics such as: best and worst boyfriend memories, 10 things you can do with potatoes, the art of alligator wrestling, little known facts about fraternities on campus, the worst TV shows ever, etc… Prepare plenty of fun questions ahead of time for very interesting sorority sister monologs.
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For more ice breakers and bonding game ideas, visit the sorority sugar FAQ PAGE under the ‘Chapter Life’ section for a collection of links!