Toilet Paper Ice breaker Speaking Activity: Get to know each other

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Toilet Paper Ice Breaker Speaking Activity

Skills: Speaking/Listening
Time: 5-30 minutes
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Materials Required: Toilet Paper

This toilet paper ice breaker speaking activity is the perfect way to start your first class off with a bit of fun. It also helps your students get to know each other, as well as you, the teacher. Although some students may have played it before, it’s still worthwhile.

Bring in a roll of toilet paper, and depending on the size of your class, tell the students they can take a certain number of pieces (big classes 1-4, small classes 4-8). Don’t give them any other information except for that. Once everyone has their paper, tell them that they have to tell the class one thing about themselves for each square of paper that they have. For each sentence, they “throw-away” one square until they’re done.

If you have a huge class and want to get your students talking even more, you could set a higher minimum (maybe 5 or 6) and then put the students into groups of 4 while they do their introduction.

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A way to extend this activity is to set a higher minimum, perhaps 8 or 10. Then, students can do it in groups of 5 or 6. The first person tells one thing about themselves and throws away a square of toilet paper. Someone (whoever is fastest) can ask a follow-up question. They also get to throw away a square of toilet paper. The next person in the circle says their statement and so it continues with one follow-up question, etc.

A fun way to use this this ESL ice breaker speaking activity for kids is to use some candy, like Skittles or Smarties. The students can eat one candy for every fact that they tell about themselves.

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