Line up

3.5 stars

This game is good if you need a quick 5 minute icebreaker or time filler. It works best for groups of 10 or more people.

The leader thinks of a criteria of some sort and the group must line up in order of that criteria.  For example, if the criteria was birthdays, the group must assemble themselves so someone born in January is up one end, and someone in December up the other end (and with everyone else in between ordered neatly!)

Other ideas for criteria are:

  • height
  • age
  • shoe size
  • hair length
  • hair colour (ie. darkest - lightest)
  • distance they are from home 
  • etc
For a variation on this, see Line Up Blind

  • Free / Low Cost
  • No equipment needed
  • 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
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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Used this game for an icebreaker in front of a large group. I used a couple of my own variations that worked pretty well. I made it a team compitition: 5 boys vs. 5 girls. I also made it so they couldn't speak to each other, they had to use nonverbal communication to get in order. It was lots of fun and I don't mind admitting the girls were much better at this.
- Garrett Sexton (19 Nov 2009)

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