14+ Zoom Icebreakers for your next work meeting

Looking for fun activities for your next Zoom meeting? Get your conversations started with these Virtual Ice-breakers for large groups!

With COVID-19 shifting the work culture from in-office to work from home globally, there has been a sudden decline in in-person meetings. And not just professional in-person meetings, but movie nights, family and romantic dinners, outings and happy hours with friends. 

Now, remote and hybrid teams, choose to conduct online conference calls on Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, WebEx or other video conferencing platforms. However, these meetings come with a growing problem of Zoom fatigue and so companies are looking for ways to make their meetings more interactive and have a social element to them. 

The answer lies in conducting fun virtual water cooler and team building activities as Zoom meetings. Some great examples of social activities are Zoom meeting icebreakers, games and activities that make boring meetings fun. Many companies prefer to start or end their meetings with icebreaker games or a quick game of trivia to break the ice. This makes everyone feel energised before the meeting and even end the meeting on a positive note. 

Here are 20+ ideas for conducting Zoom happy hours at your next Zoom meeting.

Zoom Icebreaker Games for Remote Teams

1. Open-ended Icebreaker Questions

2. This or That (Would You Rather)

3. Netflix Series You're Currently Binging

4. I Spy

5. 2 Truths and a Lie

6. Story Building 

7. Emoji check-in

8. Rose, Bud, Thorn

9. Virtual Room Tours

10. Virtual Movie Party

11. Zoom virtual backgrounds

12. Virtual Pictionary

13. Social Distancing Bingo

14. Trivia Time

15. Most Likely To

16. Never Have I Ever

17. First impressions

18. Meet the team

19. Lost on a Deserted Island

Conclusion

FAQs

Zoom Icebreaker Games for Remote Teams

Here are some virtual ice breakers for Zoom that your team will love for team building as Zoom meeting starter games.

1. Open-ended Icebreaker Questions

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Icebreaker questions have got to be the top on the list. What does one do to get to know the other person? Ask questions! You can take these up a notch by adding a timer or converting these into rapid fire rounds. You can also keep it fresh by setting a theme for every meeting and asking questions of that particular theme or category. Like food & drink, funny, work-related or reflective icebreaker questions.

But what we struggle with at times is asking the right questions. A few examples of icebreaker questions are:

  • What is your biggest pet peeve?
  • What’s your favorite meal to cook?
  • What is your guilty pleasure?
  • How do you like to start your mornings?
  • What is your top embarrassing work story?
  • What’s the most random thing in your purse/wallet?

For more questions, refer to our list of 120+ icebreaker questions for team building.

Great for: Onboarding new members in small and large remote teams. For smaller groups, you can have a more interactive session with specific questions, whereas for larger groups, you can have everyone take turns answering the same question. These icebreakers for Zoom meetings can also be used to start or end a Zoom meeting for breaking the ice.

2. This or That (Would You Rather)

Would You Rather is a quick and effective icebreaker game for small and large teams. Simply make employees choose their favourite out of two options .

Short Would you rather questions:

  • Coffee or tea
  • Sightseeing or shopping
  • Warm shower or cold shower
  • Physical books or audio books
  • Sunny day or rainy day
  • Carrot cake or lemon tart

Long Would you rather questions:

  • Would you rather have an expensive meal or buy an expensive luxury item?
  • Would you rather become famous on Tik Tok or win the lottery with 20k USD?
  • Would you rather dine with a historical legend or a current celebrity?
  • Would you rather be born as a mythical Greek legend or a 1940s war hero?
  • Would you rather eat at a Korean barbeque restaurant or an American diner?
  • Would you rather grow your own vegetables or have a dairy farm?

You can refer to our list of 40+ Would you rather questions to make it super easy to play.

Great for: Remote teams looking for a quick games session on Zoom. It can help employees get to know each other better and understand each others preferences. It is a great tool to get coworkers talking to each other and ultimately bond.

3. Netflix Series You're Currently Binging

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We all have been binging over shows like The Queen’s Gambit, Bridgerton, Stranger Things, Twenty Five Twenty One, Money Heist and Rick & Morty. A fun and simple way to break the ice is to bond over which TV series everyone is watching. You can bond over similar taste in TV shows, and it can be a great conversation starter. A great way to indulge everyone further would be to divide everyone into small or large groups and have Trivia quizzes on Zoom.

Who knows, you might get suggestions for your next TV show to watch!

Great for: Bonding over common interests and have easy light-hearted conversations on Zoom.

4. I Spy

Ask everyone to use Gallery View on Zoom to see each other’s window in one view. Next, start a game of I Spy by naming an object that you see in someone’s frame. 

Everyone can take guesses and take a close look at each other’s backdrop. This can be super fun and entertaining for your team and is a great way to end a meeting!

For example, when someone says “I spy blue painting with flowers.”, the first person to spot the item can point out the location of the item and name the person. The person who finds the item first goes next. 

Great for: Remote teams looking for a quick bonding session. It can lead to interactions with new people and learn each other’s names.

5. 2 Truths and a Lie

This is a classic that everyone loves, but with a twist. One person writes down 3 statements about themselves, with two statements being the truth and one being the lie. You can do this over a shared whiteboard, where everyone takes a guess and states the lie by adding a dot or a symbol of your choice on the whiteboard. You can also mark the statements A, B and C and ask your colleagues to vote for the lie. Simple and effective!

Use Slack at your workplace? Play 2 Truths and a Lie with Ricotta Trivia on Slack!

Great for: Small as well as large groups that are looking to get to know each other better.

6. Story Building


Your team can create amazing stories together with this virtual activity. One person has to set the theme of the story and starts with one line, the next person has to continue the story from there and add their own twist to the story. This is a great way to get everyone involved in a creative exercise on Zoom.

To play a game of Story Building on Slack, install Ricotta Trivia and upvote the part of the story you like the best for making it more interactive.

Great for: All remote teams, especially creatives, content teams and people who enjoy creative exercises.


7. Emoji check-in

This is a great way to indulge in a conversation, especially at the start of a meeting. Have everyone define their mood with the help of an emoji. This will help everyone in the team understand how the other people are feeling. You can make this fun by turning it into an emoji puzzle or emoji trivia for some added laughs.

Great for: Icebreaker at the start of the meeting or a quick game for laughs.

8. Rose, Bud, Thorn

This is a great way to bring mindfulness using virtual team games.

Basically, in this game Roses are the positive experiences, Buds are potential ideas and Thorns are the hurdles or negatives that you’ve faced.

Sharing such personal emotions can help bond with your team in a very strong way. It can also help you reflect on your current work challenges in a very effective away. 

Great for: Conducting mindful and reflective icebreaker exercises on Zoom.

Check out the list of teamwork games that you’ll love.


9. Virtual Room Tours


This one’s an extension of the show me your Work From Home setup activity. Of course, not everyone would be comfortable giving a virtual tour of their personal space, so you can start by sharing something unique or memorable from your space and narrating a story. Not only will this be fun, but will also give your colleagues a chance to get to know you better.

Great for: Small groups for more intimate and highly engaging virtual activities.


10. Virtual Movie Party

This one’s always a big win! Watching movies and documentaries can not only keep everyone engaged at the same time, but can also help become a conversation starter. One great way to do so is using Hyperbeam, a tool we found on Product Hunt and absolutely love!

Great for: Both small and large teams for some virtual happy hour sessions.


11. Zoom virtual backgrounds

The best way to have a laugh? Set funny and unique Zoom backgrounds while on a Zoom call. This can help set a light mood and is a great icebreaker for long and monotonous Zoom meetings. You can even use these to hide a messy room or a boring backdrop. Make it a contest by rewarding the person with the most unique and funny Zoom background.

12. Virtual Pictionary

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We all love Pictionary, don’t we? It’s super exciting and brings a bit of healthy competition to the table. To play Pictionary on Zoom, start by dividing your team into small groups. You can then use a random word generator to get a word that you have to draw. 

Make use of the Zoom whiteboard feature and assign one person to draw the generated word while other members guess. Of course, you can also time this to make it even more fun and interactive. In the end, reward the team with the most points.

Great for: Teamwork and new team introductions.


13. Social Distancing Bingo

Fun and simple! No, you don’t need a traditional Bingo board. With so many Bingo templates being exchanged on social media, you can easily find a desired template on Pinterest or Instagram. 

Set a theme to your Bingo challenge like a movie, TV show or season. Reward your team members with fun prizes like a free coffee or takeout.

Great for: Starting a meeting and encouraging everyone’s participation.

14. Trivia Time

Everyone enjoys a game of Trivia and you can even turn this into a Zoom rapid fire Trivia with a timer. To make it even more fun, you can set a fun theme like animals, cuisines, Brand logos or TV shows. Simple!

Remember to keep track of individual scores so that you can reward the top scores with something like an Amazon gift card, a free coffee or a lunch. This will make the team more engaged and would bring some healthy competition to the table.

Great for: Everyone to participate and indulge in healthy competition.

Check out our list of fun US Trivia, 90s Trivia, Movie Trivia, Food Trivia and Football Trivia.


15.  Most Likely To

Most Likely To, when played as a icebreaker game on Zoom can be a lot of fun, especially with a funny set of questions. The game is simple to play with a question answer format.

It is a question game in which a person asks a question and the others have to name a person ‘Who is most likely to’ be in that situation. 

Great for: Fun icebreaker game for get virtual togethers on Zoom. 

  • Who is most likely to get a computer virus?
  • Who is most likely to save their work only to lose it all?
  • Who is most likely to do TikTok dance videos with you?
  • Who is most likely to spend money on expensive snacks?
  • Who is most likely to eat all the popcorn while watching a movie?
  • Who is most likely to have a messy desk or locker?
  • Who is most likely to be fearless in adventure sports?
  • Who is most likely to be the most scared while watching a horror movie?
  • Who is most likely to call the restaurant manager to complain during a meal?

Check out Most Likely To Questions to kickstart your game

16. Never Have I Ever

This one’s a virtual game favourite! It is traditionally a drinking game but can be played with workplace appropriate questions easily. Instead of drinking on each prompt, one can raise their hand and then narrate the stories one by one. This will make the game more interactive and fun. 

Great for: Never Have I Ever is a classic Zoom icebreaker game that can help break the ice easily and ultimately lighten the mood.

Refer to our list of Never Have I Ever Questions to play this game

17. First impressions

This is a great icebreaker exercise for introducing new people to the team. The aim of the game is to convince people of the importance of first impressions. However, this game only works with people who do not know one another very well so it advised to play this game with a set of new joinees in a group.

  • At the beginning of the game, ask everyone to pick a partner whom they do not know.
  • Ask them to write down their comments relating to the areas below, without showing them to anyone on the call. You can ask the following questions to yourself and write them down. The aim is to guess the answers, based on what you can see about the other person on the call. 
Where did your partner grow up?
What are their favourite hobbies?
What sort of a car do they drive?
What sort of person are they?
Where do they live?
What do they do  to relax?
  • You can give everyone five minutes to write their answers down. 
  • You can then prompt everyone to read out their answers and tell the story of how they arrived at that conclusion.

It can be a really fun activity that can also teach the team about the importance of first impressions.

Great for: Onboarding new employees and learning new things about each other.

18. Meet the team

Meet the team is a creative icebreaker game that will enable team members to get to know each other better. This is originally an in-person exercise that involves a blank white T-shirt and lots of coloured pens. Each person is then given some time to decorate the t-shirt with information about them. Next, the t-shirts are hung up in a corner and everyone is made to guess which t-shirt belongs to whom. However, we will tweak this exercise to a virtual Zoom icebreaker. Here is how you can play Meet the team with your team on Zoom:

  • Ask everyone on the team to use a blank template or document. You can use tools like Canva or Figma. You can also choose to create your own digital template and share it with the entire team to work on.
  • Ask everyone to spend 15 minutes decorating the document to personalise it. Suggest they decorate it with things that show previous jobs, hobbies, interests, why they like their current job so much, pictures of what they would rather be doing if they were not there (!) and any other personal information they are willing to share.
  • When they have finished, gather all the documents and put them in shared drive.
  • Next, ask everyone to write down in their notes which document they think belongs to which person. You can ask everyone to submit the notes as well. 
  • You can then share the documents one by one and hear everyone’s guesses. At the end, ask them to read out what they have, and award prizes for the person with the most correct answers.
  • Take the group through a review of what they have written and why.

Great for: This is designed to get people to know each other. It works particularly well with the larger group (15+) as people's knowledge of individuals is not so great.

19. Lost on a Deserted Island

Lost on a Deserted Island is a fun icebreaker game that can help people intermingle with each other better. Everyone on the call is given a scenario that they are lost in a deserted island. Each person is then asked a question ”What is the one object that you would you bring along and why?”

This is quick thinking game with no additional props or arrangements required and is ideal for medium-sized groups.

Ask everyone to submit their entries in a document to the team leader. The team leader can then form smaller groups and ask the team to work together to improve their chances of survival by combining the various objects that they chose. Prompt the small teams to work together on separate virtual calls and with a time duration of thirty minutes.

After thirty minutes, each team can present their idea in front of everyone. The team leader can then take a vote to reward the most creative group.

The results of this game can be really fun and engaging for everyone. It is a great team building exercise that can help teams bond better.

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For more fun ways to keep your team engaged, refer to these resources:

Leadership Games for Team Building 

Microsoft Teams vs Slack

This or That Questions

Work Anniversary messages

Conclusion

These ice breakers for zoom meetings can be used for engaging your coworkers during virtual meetings. Such virtual activities and icebreaker games for Zoom can add some fun and help break the monotony of meetings.

Since many meetings tend to go on for hours, it is always a good idea to have a short game session so that the meeting does not end up stretching for too long. However, virtual team building activities are important for getting that much needed break and a standalone team building session with games and Zoom icebreakers can be very effective and a big hit with the employees. The great thing about ice breakers for Zoom meetings is that everyone can play games together and control the duration as well as the type of game easily since these sessions tend to be informal. Hope our list of icebreaker activities for Zoom helps you and your team!

FAQs about Zoom icebreakers

What are Zoom icebreakers?

Zoom icebreakers are virtual games and activities that are played via online Zoom meetings by remote and hybrid teams. All the team members join a Zoom meeting to indulge in Zoom games and activities. These activities can also be conducted at the beginning or the end of a work meeting to break the ice.

What are the benefits of conducting Zoom icebreaker sessions?

Zoom icebreaker sessions help in team building, adding a bit of fun to monotonous work and creating happier, engaged teams. This in turn improves overall productivity and motivation of employees thereby leading to better employee retention. An overall boost in work culture can be noticed over time with employees less likely to feel “burnt out” or “overworked”.

Are there any free virtual icebreakers that I can plan for my meetings?

Yes, icebreaker games are free and are very simple to implement in your virtual team building routine.

If your team uses Slack, you can play free icebreaker games like Would You Rather, Two Truths and a Lie, icebreaker questions and co-worker questions with Ricotta Trivia.

On what other platforms can I conduct these virtual icebreaker sessions?

You can conduct good Zoom icebreaker sessions on Slack, Microsoft Teams, Webex Meetings, Discord or any other platform that you use for your daily collaboration.

How do I engage my coworkers with icebreakers for Zoom meetings?

There are many ways in which you can keep your team engaged and ensure that everyone joins the virtual Zoom team building session.

  • Make sure that everyone enjoys these games. You can conduct polls or take feedback from your team after these sessions to better understand what your team wants. You can keep things interesting by playing new games every time, keeping everyone’s interests in mind.
  • Keep a track of engagement scores to better understand which games are more popular and excite everyone on the team.
  • Conduct these activities with smaller teams from time to time for more intimate and interactive sessions. With smaller groups, people are bound to bond at a deeper level than in large groups. Having said that, some games can be more fun and engaging when played in large groups so do keep that in mind. Remember to switch things up every once in a while.
  • Give out rewards and recognition to inculcate some healthy competition in these sessions and ultimately make the top performers feel appreciated. You can give out Amazon gift cards, a gift hamper, free coffee or lunch vouchers.

What are some tips for choosing Zoom icebreaker games?

To pick out a fun icebreaker game for Zoom, you can follow these tips:

  • Appoint a “virtual team building manager”: You can appoint a person who can be responsible to pick out a game, conduct these sessions as well as communicate all the required information across team members. This can be ideal for small teams that don’t have an official HR department. For larger organisations, there will always be a employee engagement expert on the team who can undertake these responsibilities. 
  • Conduct polls before the session: When you conduct polls to take feedback and get to know everyone’s interests, it will be easy to narrow down what type of activity the team would enjoy. This will ensure maximum engagement and turnout from the team. Everyone is more likely to join these sessions consistently knowing that the games will be fun and engaging. 
  • Take into account the time and team size: This is important to make sure that you pick out the right icebreaker game for Zoom. If your team size is too large or too small for the game, things may not go as planned during the activity. You should also keep in mind the time during which these activities should be conducted. Sometimes when budget is a constraint, it is also advisable to turn to free resources such as this blog for inspiration. All the activities listed in this blog are free of cost. 

How does Ricotta help teams with virtual team bonding sessions?

With fun quizzes, games and icebreakers, Ricotta helps teams to bond and have fun on Slack, Webex and Microsoft Teams.

Ricotta lets you play together as a team, no matter where you are in the world. The best part? It’s asynchronous, with a real-time leaderboard and an option to auto-schedule quizzes throughout the week.

 Ricotta helps teams to:

1. Build an amazing team culture

2. Add a bit of fun to monotonous work

3. Bond and enhance team connections

4. Create happier, engaged teams

Watch how Ricotta Trivia works and then get started for free!

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