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Break the Ice with a Game

Help people get reacquainted by using an ice breaker game at the start of your family reunion.

When you haven't seen each other for several years it can be difficult to know what to talk about with people. That's why good ice breaker games elicit information about each other that family members can use later to start up or continue conversations.

Games also need to be playable as soon as people arrive. If you wait until several have gathered it may be difficult to overcome the inertia that hits once everyone is settled.

Ice breaker games are particularly valuable for many teens who are building social skills.

Depending on the circumstances, you may want to invite people to participate but suggest that doing so is optional so no one feels compelled to join in. With a good ice breaker game, even a few people playing will ultimately involve non-players and improve everyone's ability to mingle.