Tricky Candy

Credits Indira Cornelio, Alma Uguarte Perez Last Updated 2017-06

You and your participants will begin introducing yourselves to one another in this icebreaker exercise, which is built around an interactive game that encourages participants to get to know each other beyond just names.

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This session was developed for, and should be attributed to, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting resource “Cyberwomen: Holistic Digital Security Training Curriculum for Women Human Rights Defenders” under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International CC BY-SA 4.0 License

Materials to Prepare:

  • 1 or 2 bags of fun-size candy
  • Optional: multiple varieties of candy, or candy in several different colored wrappers

Running the Exercise:

Step 1 | Offer candy to everyone in the group, telling them to take as much as they’d like. Some participants will take more, others less, etc. You can also take some for yourself.

Step 2 | Once everyone has taken some of the candy, reveal the “trick” to everyone – for each piece of candy they took, they must share with the group a personal quality or interesting detail about themselves. These could include things like:

  • A wish or a personal goal
  • A something they enjoy about their work
  • A country or place they’d like to visit

Optional: If you have multiple varieties of candy, or candy in several different colored wrappers, you can assign a specific category to each variety or color. Using colored wrappers as an example, you could do the following:

  • Red wrapper = a wish or a personal goal
  • Green wrapper = something they enjoy about their work
  • Blue wrapper = a country or place they’d like to visit