PAS Ice-breaker Activities
Ice-breakers can be a good way to get groups warmed up and engaged, as long as they are not too arduous. Some people do not like being put on the spot so it can be a good idea to ask people to think of things ahead of the session.
- Whose object is it?
Ask participants to bring in a small object to the session and people have to work out which object belongs to which person.
- Artefact analysis ice-breaker
Show the group an object from the database and ask them to Describe (only what they can see). Then Interpret (how it would be used, by who, and why)… Finally, Evaluate (what does the object say about the person who used it?). You could also do this activity using objects that people have brought in themselves, to make it more personal/engaging.
- Artefact Description Game
Describe an object from the database, without saying what it is, and everyone else has to try and draw it.
- Higher or Lower
Take a selection of images of objects from the database and participants have to say whether the next object is older or younger than the previous one. Alternatively, you could do a simple timeline activity where people have to put the objects in chronological order.
I’m sure there are many many more ice-breakers too so please add your own below.