Miffy is so excited to go back to school this year! She’s missed her friends and can’t wait to meet new ones. She has a new backpack, colorful pencils and pretty notebooks for all her classes. Just make sure to set your alarm so you aren’t late on your first day like Miffy in the episode “Miffy is Late for School”!
Miffy knows how scary it can be to meet new friends, so she uses the below “get to know you” games to help break the ice. Try these out if you are going to a new school or if you have a new classmate who doesn’t know many other students. You never know, some of your classmates could become great friends for life!
1. Beach ball game
All you need for this first day of school activity is a beach ball and a marker. Write down several questions on the beach ball in a random order. Now form a circle with a few classmates and throw the beach ball to someone in the circle. Wherever the student’s left thumb lands, is the question they have to answer. After answering that question, they can throw the ball to another student.
Examples of questions:
- What are you most proud of?
- What’s the most heroic thing you did?
- What’s your favorite animal?
- What color is your toothbrush?
- I am thankful for _____
- What’s your favorite movie?
- What’s your favorite sport?
- How many siblings do you have?
- What’s your favorite dessert?
- What do you like to do after school?
- When’s your birthday?
- Any other questions you want to ask your fellow classmates!
2. Create a time capsule
Write down wishes and hopes for the following school year with your classmates. What do you want to learn this school year? Is there a class field trip or project you’re looking forward to? Then gather your classmates’ answers and put them into a shoe box. Ask your teacher if you can bury it somewhere safe beneath the ground or if they can put it up on a shelf. You could also put a fun class picture in it.
At the end of the school year, you can open up the time capsule and reflect on what you’ve learned and if your wishes at the beginning of the school year came true. You can also try to make the exact same class picture. It’s fun to see who has changed in one year and who didn’t.
3. Snowball fight
Have fellow students take out a sheet of paper and write down 3 interesting, but not widely known, facts about themselves. There can’t be any names on the papers!
Then, have classmates crumple up their papers into balls and have a paper “snowball” fight. After a few minutes, all the paper snowballs will be all over the classroom. Now, classmates have to find a snowball, and unfold the paper. Each student must try to find the student whose snowball they retrieved.