Provide each person with a penny that is no more than 15 years old. They are then required to think back to the date on their coin and share with the rest of the group something significant or interesting that happened to them in that year.
- Have enough penny coins for each person to have a total of five pennies.
- Instruct each person to share something unique about themselves, or something they have done which is unlikely that anyone else has in common with them.
- After they share their story, if no one else shares this in common, they may place one of their pennies in the centre of the table.
- If someone else shares this in common with them, the other person must place a penny in the centre of the table.
- Move on to the next person and continue.
- The first person who loses all their pennies first wins.
Tips for Success:
- Allow individuals a couple of minutes to think of something to share before starting the ice breaker.
- If someone can’t think of anything significant from the year of their coin, encourage them to describe what was going on in their life at that time (what they were doing career? Where they lived? Any hobbies they had at the time? etc.)
- If you’re not on a tight schedule and you have enough time, let the group ask questions after each person shares their story or information.