On Call nannies have the great privilege of working with many different families throughout the year, and in doing so, they get to meet many children. Part of a nanny’s role is to get to know the children in her care fairly quickly, and earn their trust, before moving on with the events of the day, afternoon, or evening, as the case may be. Here are some easy ice breaker ideas that anyone can use to make introductions.
ABC Introductions – Ask the children to choose a letter of the alphabet. Duplicate letters are allowed. Give them a few minutes to think of words that describe themselves using single words beginning only with that letter. You can go first as example, or if the children are shy, or ask for a volunteer to go first.
Share your favourite book or song – Required materials: Your favourite book, or song in cd, or your own singing voice. The idea is for you to ask the children to show you their favourite book or to sing you their favourite song. If they are too shy at first, you can start first. It’s perfectly ok to share more than one book or song!
Two Truths and a Lie – Required materials: Small pieces of paper and a pencil or pen. This one works especially well with older children. You and the children each write down two truths about themselves and a lie or “something made up” on a piece of paper. Taking turns, each person shares their three “facts”, and then the others try to guess which one is a lie.
Name Three – Sitting in a circle, ask the children to name 3 things they are good at. This is a good start, but you can vary the number of things as well as the subject depending on the situation, children’s ages, time constraints, etc. You can repeat the game with another subject, but starting with a different person. Stick to safe subjects like: colours, animals, ice cream flavours, movies, songs, places, etc.