This is the quintessential ice breaker!
Store up empty milk jugs (1 gallon size works best). You will need one jug for every team you plan on having compete in the game. 2-4 teams work great…but only allow 2 people to be on each team!
The day before the game is to be played, clean out the milk jugs and fill them with water. Then, using a small piece of string, tie a toy of some sort to the top of the milk jug SO THAT it dangles very close to the center of the INSIDE of the milk jug. Fill it with water and freeze it. What you have is a toy frozen right in the middle of the chunk of ice. Right before the game is to be played, have an adult leader use a razor to cut the plastic jug off of the frozen ice.
When it comes time to play the game, bring your 2-4 teams up front. The ice should be sitting on a table where the crowd can see them. Hand all players a pair of gloves, and give each team 1 small brick apiece. When you say go, the teams’ job is to crack the ice open so that they can get to the toy inside. If you have 4 teams, play all the way until the last team finishes. That way, you can award a 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th place finish.
No throwing the chunk of ice onto the floor to smash it. It must stay on the table at all times.
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