Frozen T's

3.5 stars

This game is literally an icebreaker!  It requires a bit of preparation however...

For each team, you need a frozen t-shirt.  Submerge the shirts in a tray or container full of water overnight. 

Tell the group they'll be playing an icebreaker game, then bring out the t-shirts.  Give one to each team, and it's the first team to have a team member put on the t-shirt.  Depending on how frozen the shirts are, it can take a while for them to bash out the ice.  Let them be creative in the way they thaw it out (pouring water over it works well!)

The team to come back with someone wearing the t-shirt is the winner

  • Dirty & Messy
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Small area
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Medium (11-29 mins)
  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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I am going to try this with the Senior High group. I am letting the winners throw cream pies at the other team.
- Bryan (20 Jun 2008)

Can I just say how well this game actually works? I put the t-shirts in big gatorade bottles and froze them in there. It was a blast watching them trying to get the t-shirts out. Excellent game.
- Jake (11 Aug 2008)

Be careful not to fold the t-shirts up too much. I did this with my group, and froze the t-shirts in military ammunition boxes after I had folded them as small as i could, and tied string around them. Because the shirts were so tightly folded and bound with string, it took much longer than expected to get them unfolded. The one team never did unfold theirs, and the team that won destroyed the t-shirt. Also, my ammo cans got severely bent in the process. The kids loved it, though, so it was well worth it!
- Joshua Doster (1 Oct 2008)

Yeah, we played this once and one team took it to the bathroom and peed on the shirt... that pretty much ended the game... nobody got their shirt unfrozen. :)
- Nick Spacek (24 Oct 2008)

We played this game at both boys and girls camp last summer. It was a great hit. The only problem we had was that we put too much water on some of the shirts. The kids had a ball and it was really interesting to see how they managed to get the shirts on. Many fun memories and great pictures.
- Jean (20 Mar 2009)

Did this last week. Froze the T-shirts into a block of ice. Everyone on the team participated because the block was so cold it was hard for just one person to throw it down on the parking lot many times. The shirts ended up with some holes in them, but on that super hot night, it was fun to add some extreme chill.
- Terri (8 Jun 2009)

we played this with our youth group, but made it a scavenger hunt first. teams had clues leading them to a treasure. they were told they weren't allowed to come back until they were "using" the treasure. it was great fun! they had a blast and the slower team's tee was melting already, so they had a chance to catch up and made it more interesting.
- (9 Jun 2009)

To tweak the game, its so much funnier if te people need to defrost the t-shirts without using thier hands...its hilarious
- Thalia (1 Jul 2009)

This is a great activity! We soaked the shirts, rung them out, folded them, and then froze them. Still very hard to get undone. We also froze a pair of socks, a skirt, and an apron. They had to dress one team member in everything. It was great to watch!
- (3 Sep 2009)

We froze our shirts in 6 small different colored buckets and gave one to each team. The kids then spent about half an hour getting them unfrozen. They absolutely loved it and were so proud to wear their prizes!
- Anne (5 Nov 2009)

wow this sounds like so much fun but just a little icey haha i crack myself up no jusy joking i will have to try this some time this is really a great idea.
- samra (12 Jan 2010)

i would suggest not putting in the deep freeze...also try thawing out a bit before starting. if they can't make any head-way off the bat, they get bored. But it is fun once they get into it!
- emily (25 Mar 2010)

Did this a couple of months ago, it was a lot of fun. Don't do it with a shirt you want to wear again though, i am glad i used op shop shirts as they got torn and stuff.
- (21 May 2010)

we played this game in our teen night,it was really awesome.we didnt use water though,we did other things like sitting on it,putting it under your arms etc.
- cindy ibrahim (16 Aug 2011)

I've played this game several times with our kids group. It was a hit every time! Only suggestions I would make is to place wax paper between the shirts while they're freezing to make them separate easier for distributing and also use old t-shirts. Some of my husbands t-shirts were ruined because the kids were hitting them against the concrete driveway and it put holes in them. Still a great game!!
- Shauna (28 Sep 2011)

Great game! so much fun
- Hayley (2 Jun 2016)

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