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Copyright: bel Verlag 2021,
eISBN: 978-3-947159-14-7
Spielideen: Beate Baylie & Karin Schweizer
Buchidee: Helen Tate-Worch
Bilder: Copyright Shutterstock

Welcome to bel’s book of icebreaker games!

So, how do you get a lesson started? bel has put together a collection of tried and tested games that can be used to get a class going.

The games are all very flexible and can be adapted to class size and ability. Many of them can even be expanded to become more than a 5-minute warm-up game. On occasion, a lesson doesn’t go the way you planned, so if an icebreaker develops into a full-on fun and engaging exercise, run with it!

The games are a colourful mix of icebreakers that can be adjusted to accommodate specific vocabulary or grammar topics. Some require next to no preparation, some require a bit more of your time, and some can be prepared by your students. The spectrum of preparation ranges from only needing a few ideas to preparing simple worksheets or cards.

The most important thing with these icebreakers is to have fun.

It is easy to forget how much repetition learners need. Be patient, be understanding, and help your students to enjoy the learning process. And of course, make sure that you enjoy yourself, too!

Have fun and break some ice!

Beate Baylie, Karin Schweizer

and everyone at bel



Word association

What did you say?

Alphabet soup

Rain, rain…


Vocab ping-pong


Mind map


Picture memory

What’s next?


Card collection

Truth or lies?



Sentence building


Quo vadis?

Students’ choice

Take, catch, go


Déjà vu

Animal, mineral, vegetable

What are you doing?

Memory XL