The "What am I" is an icebraker activity to introduce a person over the generals. Friendly environment is a must.


An obvious one. Have participants find something in the room that contains the colour they are/feel. Even better if you can get the three primary colors in tempera paint (red, blue, yellow) and have them mix their own paint to accurately reflect their disposition, and explain. It's messy and takes a bit of time, but with organization, it is beneficial. Another less messy alternative is to go to the local paint store to acquire a collection of paint swatches.


Geometric or original, created shapes. Black on white. Let the shape speak for itself, or let the student explain. You can have them create their own or have a variety ready-made.

Song or Movie TitleEdit

Kids like this one. Occasionally they add their own "subtitle" or create their own title from scratch! You may even put together a list of the movie theme sections from the video store (i.e. drama, comedy, western, horror, adult, classics, documentary).

Song Lyrics or Famous Movie LinesEdit

Requires a list, or participants who are fast on their feet. Participants choose one and describe the scene they imagine it happening in! A variation of this asks each person to capture the essence of their day in a newspaper headline.

Clothing or ShoesEdit

If you were a piece of clothing, what would you be now according to your mood, relationships, etc. You can limit the category or leave it wide open. Variation: An actual collection of many hats for group members to select from to represent their mood state.

Appliance or Cooking MethodEdit

Especially good with issues of anger, frustration. Are you a slow cooking crock pot, a microwave, or a blowtorch today? Leave the options wide open.

Fruit or VegetableEdit

Choose one, how it fits, and why (spiny, fuzzy; hard or soft; sweet or tangy, etc). A collection of plastic foods and/or photographs helps.

Letter of the AlphabetEdit

Use alliteration to choose modifiers.

Type of AutomobileEdit

Are you an Edsel or a Porsche? Do you look like a Gremlin or a Ferrari? A picture collection of these is helpful. Or, use other variations like: animals, weather patterns or landforms, modes of transportation, power sources, Christmas cards, postcards of people doing all sorts of things.