Icebreaker: Greedy to Pick, Greedy to Share

Icebreaker: Greedy to Pick, Greedy to Share


In this exercise delegates are encouraged to share something about themselves with others in an entertaining way which keeps the atmosphere light. They will also get to learn about implications of greed!


Delegates to share an interesting thing about themselves to others,

What You Need

  • A number of Tokens that you can distribute to delegates
  • These can be anything as long as they are small and you can have many of them. Examples are:
  • Tokens used in board games like Risk
    • Small plastic shapes
    • Small plastic animals
    • Small glass balls
    • You can even use large dry beans or similar if you are really short of materials!
  • You need at least three per person plus 10.


  • Put all the objects in a bowl at the centre of the table.
  • Ask the delegates to pick as many objects as they like from this bowl. Unfortunately you can’t explain what this is for.
  • Once everyone has picked their objects, declare the following with a smile on your face! Ask the delegates to introduce themselves one by one and then say something interesting about themselves per each object they picked.
  • Of course, those who were greedy to pick more objects will be amused and there will be lots of laughter.
  • Continue until everyone has delivered their part.


Explaining the Test: 5 minutes.

Activity: 15 minutes (depends on the number of delegates and interestingly how greedy they are as a group!)

Group Feedback: 0 minutes.




Maxine Tuffin

By Maxine Tuffin @ Monday, January 11, 2010 8:37 PM

I have done something similar but for added humour, instead of tokens I passed around a toilet roll and asked them to tear off as many strips as they liked. Of course you will always get someone who reels off lots of sheets!! Great icebreaker and easy to do!

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