Names With Adjectives
(the one where players share truths and change places)
In this warm-up, each player around the circle gives themselves a nickname starting with the same letter as their name (Active Andy, Silly Susan, Amazing Amanda, Naughty Nicole, etc.). Then someone else in the group gives them a gesture to go with their name. We pass these around the circle by saying our nickname and then someone else’s, that person says their own and then someone else’s, etc.
(aka: Alliterative Adjectives, Names with Adjective/Movement)
- Have everyone around the circle sitting in chairs so it’s clear which spots are open.
- Players can’t go back to the spot that they just left.
- Share truths that people can’t tell just by looking at you. “Anyone who has brown hair” is less revealing than “Anyone who follows politics.”
- If the group is up for it, don’t be afraid to get a little bit spicy or risque.
- The player in the middle can also call out TRAINWRECK!, at which point everyone in the circle has to switch to a new chair. This is useful for relieving the pressure of coming up with new truths every time.
- You can play the Never Have I Ever version of this game with the player in the middle saying something that is NOT TRUE about themselves. Players that have done that thing all switch places.
- In a version called Fruit Bowl, instead of saying true things, each player has been assigned a fruit, so when the person in the middle calls “Strawberry” then all the strawberry players have to switch places. If FRUITBOWL is called, everyone switches places. This allows you to play the fun switching aspect of the game without having to come up with new criteria every time. Good for kids or as a simple icebreaker.
- For a less competitive and more inclusive version of this game, check out Come Over Here.