In youth ministry, it’s not uncommon for teens to hold back among their peers as well as leaders, hindering the entire group from getting to know each other. Great icebreaker questions can often help create a fun atmosphere for both small and large groups. Not to mention, they’re great conversation starters and guarantee some good laughs!
Here are 250 fun and thought-provoking icebreaker questions.
School-Related Icebreaker Questions
1. What teacher has impacted your life the most, and why?
2. What is your favorite school subject, and why?
3. What is your favorite extracurricular activity, and why?
4. What is your favorite school sport, and why?
5. What do you do first thing in the morning after you wake up?
6. If you could change one thing about your school, what would you change?
7. Do you prefer pencils or pens? Why?
8. Do you prefer handwriting or typing on a computer? Why?
9. Do you plan to attend college? If so, where would you like to go?
10. What is your least favorite school subject?
11. What school subject do you struggle the most with?
12. What is a rule at school that makes no sense to you? Why?
13. What was something great that happened to you in the last week at school?
14. Do you feel like there are cliches in your school? What are they, and are you in one?
15. Would you rather read a physical book or an e-book? Why?
16. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch at school?
17. Did you meet your best friend at school? If not, where did you meet them?
18. Do you prefer multiple choice or essay questions on an exam?
19. Do you feel you spend too much time on homework? Why or why not?
20. What is your favorite snack to eat while studying?
Just for Fun Icebreaker Questions
21. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
22. What is your favorite game to play on your phone?
23. What is your favorite book?
24. What is your favorite dessert, and when was the last time you ate it?
25. What is the best joke you know?
26. What is your favorite thing to do before bedtime?
27. Who gives you the best advice?
28. What is your biggest pet peeve?
29. Do you prefer Target or Walmart? Why?
30. Have you ever cried during a movie? If so, which one(s)?
31. Have you ever broken a bone? If so, tell us the story of one.
32. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring two items and one person, what and who would you bring?
33. What is your favorite room in your house and why?
34. Do you see yourself as a dog person or a cat person? Why?
35. If you worked at the zoo, what animal would you want to oversee?
36. If you were an inventor, what would you invent?
37. If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?
38. What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten? Did you like it?
39. Would you rather be three feet tall or ten feet tall? Why?
40. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
41. What is your dream car? Why?
42. What is the weirdest dream you’ve ever had? What do you think it meant?
43. If you could live in any time period, which would you choose and why?
44. If you could go back in time and visit a famous historical character, who would you want to visit? Why?
45. Would you rather swim with sharks or climb the Eiffel tower without a safety harness?
Faith Related Icebreaker Questions
46. Are you a Mary or a Martha? Why? (Tell the story of Mary and Martha.)
47. Which of the twelve disciples do you relate to the most, and why?
48. What is your favorite book of the Bible, and why?
49. What is the most challenging part of witnessing?
50. What does grace mean to you?
51. What’s your favorite Old Testament Bible story? Why?
52. How do you listen to God while you pray?
53. Do you think you have a servant’s heart? Why or why not?
54. Do you think believing is the same as faith? Why or why not?
55. What do you think God looks like?
56. Do you believe dogs go to Heaven, and why do you believe what you do?
57. What does Paul mean by “the righteous of God is revealed from faith for faith?” (Romans 1:17)
58. Do you know what God’s calling is for your life? If yes, describe the moment you knew.
59. What are ways to serve others?
60. What is something you don’t understand in the Bible?
61. What do you think is the best way to get out of a pattern of sin?
62. What are ways that you can put others first daily?
63. Why do you think it’s important to go to church?
64. Do you pray for your friends? If so, would you feel comfortable praying for them in front of them?
65. What do you think Heaven looks like?
66. How do you share your faith with others?
67. What should the role of the Bible be in our lives?
68. Why do you think it can be so hard to have faith in God?
69. What does it mean to live a “Christ-centered” life?
70. Do you think pride interferes with faith? How so?
71. In the eyes of God, all sins are equal, but is there a sin that you think is worse than others?
72. How often do you read your Bible? How do you do it, and why?
73. How can you tell if someone is a Christian?
74. What do you think the difference between being a “good” person and being a Christian is?
75. What does it look like in your life to follow Jesus? Give an example.
76. Why does James write that faith without works is dead?
77. Have you ever doubted God? How did you overcome your doubt?
78. How often do you pray? Does it come easy or more difficult for you?
79. Do you ever find praying confusing? Why or why not?
80. What Bible character to relate to the most? Why?
81. How do you show Jesus to people who are different from you?
82. Why do you think Peter lied about knowing Jesus?
83. What is one question that you want to ask God?
84. Have you ever invited a friend to your youth group? If so, how did you go about asking them?
85. What is a way that God has shown up in your life recently?
Personality Icebreaker Questions
86. How do you usually deal with stress/pressure?
87. What is your greatest fear? Why?
88. What do you want to be when you grow up?
89. If you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make it better?
90. How do you express your anger/frustration?
91. Do you feel you’re more of an introvert or extrovert? Why?
92. Have you ever experienced the loss of a loved one? How did you cope?
93. What is a bad habit that you wish you could quit?
94. How do you feel when you go somewhere new alone for the first time?
95. What are four things that you like about yourself?
96. What is the bravest thing that you’ve ever done?
97. What talent do you wish you had? Why?
98. What is your favorite season? Why?
99. What is something you wish the world knew about you?
100. If you could relive one day of your life so far, what day would you choose and why?
101. Do you ever feel lonely? When?
102. What emotion do you have the hardest time expressing?
103. When was the last time you cried, and why?
104. What is one thing that you can’t live without? Why?
105. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
106. If you were to write a book about yourself, what would be the title?
107. If you could change one thing about your physical appearance, what would it be?
108. Are you more of an indoor or outdoor person? Why?
109. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
110. What are you most looking forward to in becoming an adult?
111. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Please describe.
112. What is your strangest phobia?
113. Do you prefer breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Why?
114. What is the most unusual thing in your room at home?
115. What bores you? Why?
116. Do you consider yourself adventurous? Why or why not?
117. If you had to pick a theme song for your life, what would it be?
118. What is one thing that you couldn’t live without that’s not technology-related?
119. What is your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?
120. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? Is it still the same?
Cultural Icebreaker Questions
121. Who is your favorite influencer, and why?
122. Do you think that society is getting better or worse? Why?
123. How does culture define beauty compared to how God defines beauty?
124. How does culture define success? Do you agree or disagree?
125. What is your favorite social media app, and why?
126. If you could trade places with one famous person for a day, who would it be and why?
127. Do you think you’re the same person in real life as you are in social media?
128. What TV show is your favorite to binge-watch?
129. What are some of the negative impacts that technology has on people?
130. What are some of the positive impacts that technology has on people?
131. How does culture define happiness? Do you agree or disagree?
132. Would you like to be famous? If so, what would you want to be famous for?
133. What is a song that gets stuck in your head?
134. What is your favorite meme, and why?
135. Do you think teenagers spend too much time on social media?
136. What TV or movie character do you relate the most to? Why?
137. Do you prefer shopping in person or online? Why?
138. Who is your favorite movie villain? Why?
139. What piece of technology do you own that you think you couldn’t live without?
140. What do you wish you could change about the current culture?
141. Do you enjoy reading or watching the news? Why or why not?
142. Do you think that current events are overwhelming? Why or why not?
143. Is there anything you wish you could change about your community government? If so, what is it?
144. Do you think that society puts too much pressure on teens to date? Why or why not?
Relationship Icebreaker Questions
145. What do you think makes relationships (of all types) successful?
146. Have you ever had a fallout with a friend? How did you handle it?
147. What is the biggest betrayal you’ve ever experienced?
148. How good are you at reading people?
149. What do you worry about the most when making new friends?
150. What do you think the most important trait is in a friend?
151. Who inspires you the most? Why?
152. Do you believe that opposites really attract? Why or why not?
153. Why do you think people gossip about one another?
154. If your friends had to describe you in three words, what words do you think they’d use?
155. What do you think is an appropriate age for dating?
156. What is your favorite way to spend time with your friends?
157. Have you ever held a grudge against someone? Did you find forgiveness difficult?
158. Has someone ever lied to you? If so, what was the lie?
159. Who is the smartest person you know?
160. Has anyone ever spread a rumor about you? How did it make you feel?
161. What are the most attractive traits in a person?
162. Do you prefer small talk or deep conversations? Why?
163. How do we show respect for our peers?
164. Are you missing someone right now? If so, who?
165. How do you show your friends that you love them?
166. How do you think technology affects relationships?
167. Do you prefer texting, calling, or facetiming? Why?
168. Who is your best friend?
169. Do you think you’re good at communicating? Why or why not?
170. Do you prefer a large circle of friends that don’t know you well, or a few close friends that know everything?
171. What makes someone trustworthy?
172. Do you feel like you’re a good listener? Why or why not?
173. How do you relieve tension while in a heated debate?
Community Icebreaker Questions
174. How many of your neighbors do you know?
175. What do the people in your community do for recreation?
176. What is your favorite way to serve your community? Why?
177. What is the biggest need you see in your community?
178. Do you consider yourself an active member of your community? If so, give an example.
179. If you became president tomorrow, what is the first change you would make?
180. What does social justice mean to you?
181. How do you think social justice affects Christians?
182. If you were running for office, what would your campaign slogan be?
183. Do you think the world expects too much of young people? Why or why not?
184. What does community service mean to you?
185. If you could ask the president one question, what would it be?
186. Do you like discussing politics? Why or why not?
187. Do you feel like decisions made at a higher level affect your day-to-day life?
188. Is a political party supposed to reflect your faith?
Family Icebreaker Questions
189. How does your parent(s) discipline you when you do something wrong?
190. Do you think your parent(s) are a good example of Christians? Why or why not?
191. Do you think you have a good relationship with your parents? Why or why not?
192. Do you have a nickname that only your family calls you? If so, what is it?
193. What is your favorite family tradition?
194. What is your favorite past time with your family?
195. Is there someone in your family who you wish you had a better relationship with? Why?
196. What is your favorite holiday, and why?
197. What did you believe as a child that you no longer believe now?
198. Do you have any siblings? If so, do you get along with them?
199. If you have children someday, would you want to raise them as your parents raised you? Why or why not?
200. What is the last thing you argued about with your parents? How did you resolve the argument?
201. What family member are you the closest to?
202. What do your parents do for a living?
203. How does your family celebrate your birthday?
204. Are you close to your grandparents? If so, what is your favorite way to spend time with them?
205. How are you similar or different from your siblings?
206. What is something unique about your family?
207. What is your least favorite chore to do at home? Why?
208. What is your earliest childhood memory?
209. Are you related to anyone famous? If so, who?
210. What is something your parents do or say that embarrasses you?
211. What do you wish you could change about your family?
212. Is blood thicker than water? Why or why not?
Hobby Icebreaker Questions
213. Have you ever traveled outside of your home country? If so, where have you gone?
214. What do you do for fun on the weekends?
215. Where’s the last place you went out to eat for dinner? What did you order?
216. If you could travel to anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go and why?
217. What is something that makes you lose track of time? Why?
218. What is your favorite worship song? Why?
219. What is your favorite video game? And why?
220. Would you rather fly in an airplane or go on a road trip? Why?
221. What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on? Who did you go with?
222. Who is your favorite singer/band, and why?
223. What is your favorite thing to learn about outside of school?
224. What animal would you like to have for a pet, and why?
225. What is the best food you’ve ever made yourself?
226.What is your favorite music genre?
227. If you could learn a new language, what would it be and why?
228. Would you rather visit the mountains or the beach? Why?
229. What is a hobby you tried but hated?
230. What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Life Situation Icebreaker Questions
231. What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
232. What was the hardest lesson you’ve ever had to learn?
233. What are the five most important things to you in your life? Why?
234. What is the most terrifying situation you have ever been in? Why?
235. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
236. When in life have you felt the most alone?
237. If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would it be?
238. What is the best gift you have ever received? Why?
239. What is the kindest thing someone has ever done for you?
240. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
241. What are you the most thankful for?
242. What do you want to be known for?
243. What is the worst lie you have ever been caught in?
244. What do you daydream about when you’re bored?
245. What are three things that make for a happy life?
246. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
247. If you could change any part of history, what would you change?
248. How would you describe the perfect day?
249. Do you think that it is more important to be happy or make money?
250. Why do you think bad things happen to good people?
This simple game of answering good icebreaker questions is a great way for youth leaders to engage a big group on a personal level and establish common ground. Teens will learn a lot of interesting facts about one another and practice team-building skills that will come in handy later in life. A great conversation often leads to the beginning of solid friendships!
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.