Icebreaker with Venn, the Diagram

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Transition
  • Wellness
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
13+ yrs
Time Requirement: 
15minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Pair
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
Objective: 

Participants get to know each other by filling out an icebreaker Venn diagram.

Equipment: 

Venn Diagram sheets (please see attached document for an example).
Pens/Pencils
Pencil Crayons
Crayons
Markers

Set Up: 

Have participants find a partner, or have them get into groups of 3 (the leader could create the groups).
Each group will have a Venn diagram sheet.

Step by Step: 
  1. The goal of this activity is for participants to get to know more about their peers, and to discover their similarities and differences. 
  2. All humans are like snowflakes, not one of us is alike. We all have our differences, uniqueness and individuality to share with the world, however, we also share a lot of similarities with others. 
  3. In partners, or groups of 3, participants will write and draw their similarities and differences with their partner/group in the Venn diagram (please see attached document for examples and templates). 
  4. Example of topics they could discuss are:
    - Favourite sport to watch/play
    - Have any pets
    - Favourite animal
    - Number of siblings
    - Where they were born
    - Favourite subject in school
    - Favourite colour
    - Favourite holiday
    - Birthday month
    - Favourite season
    - Hobby
    - Love to read/like to read/do not like to read
    - Love pizza/like pizza/do not like pizza
    - Love board games/ like board games/ do not like board games
    - And so on
  5. Participants can draw or write down these similarities and differences.
  6. Depending on time, allow participants to create a venn diagram with more than one partner/group. 
Adaptations (General): 

Show participants an example of a Venn diagram first, and then have them individually create a Venn diagram, comparing two animals, two sports or two other objects.

Source: 

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