Would You Rather - Ice Breaker Classroom Game for Adults

Would you rather find true love or win the lottery?

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This party game is perfect for use in the classroom, at a seminar or workshop, or any gathering of adults. It's easy and lots of fun. Would you rather find true love or win the lottery? Would you rather be bald or completely hairy? Would you rather tell your best friend a lie or your parents the truth? Give your students impossible questions to answer and help them ease into learning together. We'll explain how to play the game, and give you lots of ideas to get started.

Ideal Size

Any size works.

Why Use Ice Breaker Games in the Adult Education Classroom?

Ice breakers are important tools for teachers of adults. Why use ice breakers in the classroom? If you're teaching adults, you know they learn differently than children. They come to the classroom with a lot of life experience, some more than others, of course, and some of them bring wisdom, too, depending on their age. When you open a new class or start a new lesson, an ice breaker game can help your adult students feel more comfortable participating by getting them to laugh, helping them to meet fellow students, and relaxing everyone. Have fun. People engage in learning more quickly when the experience is fun. Starting a session or a lesson plan with an ice breaker can help your adult students focus on whatever you have gathered to learn.

Time Needed

30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the group. Break large groups into smaller groups by counting off if you have less time for this exercise.

Materials Needed

None. Just your imagination!


Give the group a minute to think of a Would You Rather… question. Give some examples (we have lists below!). There are published Would You Rather... books and game cards available for sale if you have the budget to purchase them, but once you get going, you can easily make questions up yourself. If your group does not seem creative at all, you can always print handouts with question ideas and let your students choose from the list.

Introduce yourself and ask the first person your question.

Example: My name is Deb, and I want to know if you would rather speak to a large group or hold a snake.

After the person answers, he or she should give their name and ask the next person their question. And so on. Save time for laughter and explanations if appropriate!

Depending on the purpose of your class or meeting, ask participants to come up with a meaningful or thought-provoking question. If you use this game as an energizer, encourage people to just be silly.


No debriefing is necessary unless you’ve asked the group to come up with questions related to your topic. If so, some of the choices probably inspired some remarkable responses. Choose a few to discuss further or to use as a lead-in to your first lecture or activity. This ice breaker game makes a good warm up exercise for adult education lesson plans.

Would You Rather Ideas

If you need some questions to get the game rolling, start with these and see if they inspire others:

  • Would you rather play Monopoly or chess?
  • Would you rather have super hearing or x-ray vision?
  • Would you rather be good at drawing or singing?
  • Would you rather be a cat or a fish?
  • Would you rather be Catwoman or Wonder Woman?
  • Would you rather babysit a couple's child or their dog?
  • Would you rather go one year without TV or without reading books?
  • Would you rather attend a big party or have an intimate dinner with a few friends?
  • Would you rather lose your hearing or lose your sight?
  • Would you rather be able to breathe underwater or fly?