Beach Ball Buzz - The Perfect Summer Ice Breaker

Toss, Catch and Get to Know Each Other

Hands Reaching for Beach Ball
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Have a little beach fun without leaving your classroom. Beach Ball Buzz can be as exciting as you choose, depending on the questions you write on the ball. It's also a perfect game for hot summer months. Make your questions related to your topic or completely frivolous and fun.

Ideal Size

Any size works.

Beach Ball Game Applications

Introductions in the classroom or at a meeting, to energize the group after lunch or for test prep.

Time Needed

30 minutes.

Materials Needed

You’ll need a permanent marker and a fairly large blow-up beach ball that you'll find at most discount stores.


Blow up your beach ball. Make a list of questions you’d like your participants to answer, and write a question or two on each stripe of the ball.

General sample questions:

  • What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?
  • If you were a cartoon or comic character, who would you be?
  • What is the worst thing you’ve ever tasted? Did you swallow it or spit it out?
  • What one thing have you kept forever that you really should throw away?
  • What’s your greatest pet peeve?
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
  • Who is your favorite person and why?
  • If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
  • What was your first car and did you love it or hate it?
  • Who is the most famous person you’ve met?
  • Describe your fantasy vacation.
  • If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
  • What is your song and why?
  • How do you celebrate your birthday?
  • What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
  • If you could be any animal, which would you choose and why?
  • What was the worst day of your life? Why?
  • Create a slogan for your life.

Sample questions for meeting participants:

  • Who was your favorite teacher and why?
  • What was the most memorable thing you experienced in college?
  • What gets you up in the morning?
  • Share three things about you that you think no one here knows.
  • Share something you love to do that you get to do nearly every day.
  • What's your most important challenge currently?
  • How much money would you need to walk away from your job?
  • If you could go back in time, would you have chosen a different path?
  • What would you like to accomplish this year?
  • What is the most important goal that you want to accomplish during your lifetime?
  • What worries you most about work?
  • What excites you most about work?
  • What is your most underutilized talent?
  • What's the single most important word that you'd like to hear from your boss?
  • What would you like to be remembered for?

Toss the ball around the room. Whoever catches it gives their name and answers the question under their left thumb.


No debriefing is necessary unless the exercise involves your topic in some way.