One nice little game to play is known as 2 Truths – One Lie. Now what exactly is that? It is really quite simple. You invite a person at your party to say three things about themselves. Two of these things are going to be true, one is going to be a lie. The purpose of the game? To figure out which of the two things are true and which one is the lie.
2 Truths – One Lie can serve as an excellent little ice breaker. You know what ice I’m talking about, those moments when no one is really sure where they stand at the party, when no one is talking to each other and it is all really very awkward. Nobody likes to feel that way, and no one wants to host a party that icy. That is where a simple little icebreaker game like 2 Truths – One Lie comes in.
You could have everyone gather round together and invite each one in turn to come up with a couple of truths and a lie, then let the other members of the group take turns guessing as to what the truths and what the lie might be. If you like you can even reward correct guesses with a little piece of candy or a little toy or something. This is especially useful at children’s parties.
Don’t think that the usefulness of 2 Truths – One Lie is only for party settings. Because it is a great little get to know you game, it can also be very useful for a classroom situation. The beginning of the year or even the beginning of each semester can often be a difficult one for your students to get used to. They might not know the other students in the class, or may not have been around during the summer so have lost touch with their classmates. This is an excellent way for your students to get to know each other.
As the teacher you can also play the game yourself. It is really quite simple to do, and it always makes students feel better when they know a little more about their teacher. It makes you feel more like a real person to them and not just a “teacher.’
The game can also be used on office retreats where you are inviting your employees to get to know each other better outside of the office. Interactivity among co-workers has been shown to be good for business, and 2 Truths – One Lie is just one of many simple games that can be used to introduce these office colleagues to each other while they are participating in your office retreat.
If you are interested in learning about other simple group games to play, there are many others to consider. “Who in the world am I?” is an example. There is also the classic standard “What if?” game, as well as perhaps the most famous group game of all: Truth or Dare. These are all great games that can be played at any time and anywhere with little or no preparation required whatsoever.