Spring is often a time for social gatherings. Whether it be on vacation with friends or family during spring break, at an Easter event at your church, at a wedding or graduation party, or a springtime team retreat—it’s pretty likely you are going to end up in a social situation (whether you like it or not!).
However, sometimes starting conversations, even with people you know, doesn’t always come naturally (Hello introverts! We see you!). But guess what? You’re not alone!
In this fun article, we’ll give you 120+ springtime questions and activities to help you break the ice with friends, colleagues, or strangers.
What Are Spring Icebreaker Questions?
Spring icebreaker questions are spring-themed questions designed to get people interacting and connecting in an enjoyable and creative way. They can be used to kick off events, meetings, teambuilding activities—or any gathering of people who want to get to know each other better (think spring break, Easter gatherings, weddings, graduations, team retreats, etc.).
These icebreakers allow people to share something about themselves in a fun, relaxed atmosphere that encourages engagement and builds trust.
So how does an icebreaker build trust? It’s about your intention to get to know others that allow people to feel seen and heard, laying the foundation for connection and relationships down the road.
In our article about how to have a dazzling conversation, Vanessa shares a step-by-step conversation guide you can use and pair with some of the spring icebreaker questions listed below!
Bonus: If you’re here, you may also be interested in checking out everything you need to know about mastering conversations!
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What Are Examples of Spring Icebreaker Questions or Activities?
Below is a list of 125 questions and activities you can use at your next springtime event to break the ice and learn about others’ interests, hobbies, talents, and passions!
Seasonal Icebreaker Questions
- What’s your favorite springtime activity?
- What are you looking forward to most this spring season?
- What’s your favorite flower smell?
- What’s your favorite thing to do outdoors in spring?
- Where’s your favorite place to be outside in the spring?
- What book is on your list to read during the next rainy spring day?
- What’s your favorite spring holiday, and why?
- What temperature does it have to be before you ditch the winter coat?
- What’s your favorite thing about the change of season in spring?
- Do you have a green thumb? If so, what are you growing in your garden?
- What’s your favorite thing to do with the extra daylight during spring?
- What’s your favorite childhood memory from spring?
- What’s something you like to do in the spring that you hate to do in the winter?
- You’re having a picnic; what are your top three food essentials in your basket?
- Where’s your favorite place to have a spring picnic?
- Where’s the best place to take a walk and enjoy nature in the spring?
- What’s the best way to spend a spring evening?
- Do you prefer rainy spring days or sunny spring days? Why?
- What movie are you looking forward to coming out this spring?
- What’s your favorite flower or plant?
- What animal is the cutest as a baby?
- When you see a bug in your house, do you kill it or catch it and let it free outside?
- What’s one country you wish you could visit in the spring?
- Do you think spring is too short or too long?
- If suddenly spring was no longer a season, and we went straight from winter to summer, what would you miss most?
Spring Break Icebreaker Questions
- What’s your favorite spring break memory?
- Where was/is your favorite spring break spot?
- What’s your most embarrassing spring break memory?
- If you could teleport anywhere in the world for spring break, where would it be?
- Is spring break better with kids or no kids? Why or why not?
- For spring break, would you prefer skiing in the mountains or surfing on the beach?
- What’s your favorite spring break activity?
- Would you rather go on spring break with friends or family? Why?
- If you don’t get to have a spring break this year, what do you wish you could do?
- If you could have your ultimate spring break vacation, who are the top five people you would bring with you?
- If you could have spring break by yourself with books, what are the top five books would you pack? (Or is a vacation alone your worst nightmare?)
- If you staycation for spring break, what fun things do you plan for yourself to do?
- Do you wish the typical spring break was somewhere else in the calendar year? If so, where would you move it and why?
Spring Cleaning Icebreaker Questions
- What collection of items that belong to your roommate or partner would you love to purge during spring cleaning?
- What’s one sentimental item you own that you would never get rid of?
- What’s the most surprising thing you’ve ever found while spring cleaning?
- Do you decorate or arrange your house differently in the spring? If so, what do you do?
- What’s your go-to spring color to bust out from the wardrobe?
- What’s one spring cleaning project you’re looking forward to the most?
- What chores are only you responsible for because no one else can do it “right”?
- What’s your least favorite chore?
- What chore do you not mind doing and even sometimes enjoy?
- What’s your go-to donation spot for things you want to give away?
- What are your go-to cleaning products?
- When you cook, are you a clean-up-as-you-go person or a clean-it-after person?
- What is your go-to music album to play on full blast while you clean?
Spring Retreat or Teambuilding Icebreaker Questions
- Since spring often signifies a “new beginning,” what new beginning might you try this season?
- When was the last time you completely changed your look (hair, style, etc.)? What did you do? How did you like it? Are you trying anything new this spring?
- What’s the biggest life change you’ve ever experienced?
- What’s one of your proudest achievements over the last month?
- If you could switch jobs with anyone in the organization for just the spring season, whose job would you want and why?
- What project are you most looking forward to this spring?
- What kind of personal spring projects are you working on outside of work?
- What’s something you do in the spring that you don’t do in the winter?
- What TV shows are you enjoying most this season?
- What’s your highest recommended podcast show people should listen to for a season of new beginnings?
- What’s the biggest difference in your perspective on work in the spring vs. the winter?
- What is one skill you’d like to improve before summer?
- If you could have a spring picnic with someone whose career you admire, who would it be and why?
Graduation Icebreaker Questions
- If you could give a commencement speech, what advice would you give graduates?
- What’s the worst advice you’ve gotten after graduation?
- What’s the best advice you’ve gotten after graduation?
- If you could go back in time to age 18, what would you do differently?
- What advice would you give your younger self with the knowledge you know today?
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- What was your first job out of high school or college?
- Who was the biggest influence on your life when you decided on your major or career path?
- In high school, what were you voted “most likely” for? If you didn’t get voted, what do you think you should have gotten voted “most likely” for?
- What is your favorite memory from high school? How about college?
- What was your favorite class in college/high school?
- What teacher or coach had the biggest impact on your life?
- Who have been your greatest mentors or cheerleaders on your journey?
April Fool’s Day Icebreaker Questions
- Are you for or against pranks? Why?
- What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled on someone? The worst?
- What’s the best prank someone has ever pulled on you? The worst?
- What’s your most embarrassing moment?
- What’s a prank you’re curious to try but are too afraid?
- What’s the cleverest prank you’ve ever seen?
- Who’s the biggest jokester in your family? What was their last prank?
- Would you rather be fooled to think there were spiders in your bed or a snake in your shower?
- What’s the best dad joke you’ve ever heard?
- When was the last time you laughed until you cried? What happened?
- Who is the funniest person you know?
Spring Wedding Icebreaker Questions
- What’s the best meal you’ve ever had at a wedding? What’s the worst?
- What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve ever been to?
- Where’s the most ideal honeymoon location?
- What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever gotten?
- What’s the worst relationship advice you’ve ever gotten?
- What advice would you give newlyweds for their first year of marriage?
- If you have a spouse or partner, where and how did you meet?
- Do you wish you had met your spouse or partner sooner? Why or why not?
- If you are single, what are the top three qualities you look for in a partner?
- If you received a bouquet of spring flowers from a secret admirer, who do you think they’re from?
- What’s the best part of being single? What’s the worst?
- If you’re married: If you could redo your wedding, is there anything you would change?
- What’s your favorite romantic comedy?
Easter Icebreaker Questions (If You Celebrate)
- How does your family celebrate the Easter holiday?
- What’s your favorite Easter meal?
- Do you hide real eggs or plastic eggs for Easter? Why?
- How do you decorate your Easter eggs? Or if you use plastic eggs, what do you put inside?
- What’s the best kind of candy to find inside an Easter egg?
- If you go to church for Easter, what hymn or song do you hope is sung during the service?
- As a child, what was your strategy for the Easter Egg hunt?
- What’s your favorite Easter memory as a child?
- What part of a chocolate Easter Bunny do you eat first?
- What’s your go-to dish to bring to an Easter potluck (or any potluck)?
- Who do you think would win in a fight, the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus?
- Would you rather be forced to eat one plate of carrots or five plates of Peeps?
- How old were you when you stopped believing in the Easter Bunny?
Spring Icebreaker Activity Ideas
If you’re looking for other ways to break the ice that go beyond questions, especially in a group setting, mix in one of these spring-themed icebreaker activities!
- Host a Q&A egg hunt. Hide plastic eggs around the room or yard with pieces of paper inside. On each piece of paper, write a spring-themed question from the list above. Every time someone finds an egg, they have to answer the question for the group.
- Build lego ducks. Give everyone the same set of legos and ask them to build a duck. Give them ten minutes. When everyone is done, everyone will likely have a different-looking duck. (If it’s a work event, you can talk about how this exercise relates to everyone having the same tools but with unique, creative ideas). Compare your ducks and give a prize to the most creative!
- Play spring-themed Pictionary. Have everyone write down two to three spring-themed words on pieces of paper and add them to a single basket. Divide into teams and have someone from each team take a turn drawing a word pulled from the basket until your team can guess what it is they are drawing. The team with the most right guesses wins! Bonus tip: Check out skribbl for a fun virtual option if your group is meeting remotely!
Challenge each other to spring-themed trivia. Create a list of trivia questions related to spring and have a mini trivia contest. Need some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:
- How many weeks are added to winter when the groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog’s day? Four.
- What is the first day of spring called? Vernal Equinox.
- What is the name of the Japanese flower that represents the welcoming of spring? Cherry Blossom.
- What are baby bunnies called? Kittens.
- How long does it take a duck egg to hatch? 28 days.
- Host a furry-friend costume contest. Who says Halloween is the only time for costumes? A furry-friend, spring-themed costume contest is a great option for a remote group. Set a date, have people take pictures or videos of their pets in their best spring-themed costume, and then let everyone submit their votes. The pet with the highest votes wins!
- Plant mini succulent gardens. Local garden centers often have a plethora of small succulent plants at relatively affordable prices. Gather a variety along with some pebbles, dirt, and flower pots (people can bring their favorite flower pot as well). Arrange your succulent gardens, take photos, and vote on the best one!
- Go on a spring scavenger hunt. Create a list of items related to spring that must be found outside. Divide the group into teams and have them search for the items on the list. You can intermix this idea with an egg hunt as well, with some of the egg “prizes” being extra points or clues for where to find items on the list.
- Play spring charades. Have everyone think of a spring-themed thing, animal, or activity and write it down on a piece of paper. Place all the pieces of paper in a bowl and have one person draw a piece of paper and act out what it says. If you have trouble coming up with words yourself, you can use an online word generator.
- Host a spring photo challenge. Ask people to take pictures of spring-related things and submit their best photos. You can then have people vote on the best ones and/or share their pictures with the group and discuss the different shots they got.
- Play “Guess Who’s Story?” Have everyone write down a unique, spring-themed, true story about themselves on a piece of paper without giving away personal details (these stories could be related to anything that happened in the spring). Put all the stories into one basket, and have everyone take turns reading the stories allowed. Then everyone has to guess whose story it is. The person with the most right guesses wins!
- Play “Who is this kid?” This is a great one for an office party. Have everyone submit their pictures from when they were a kid wearing their best (or worst!) Easter or spring outfit. Then have everybody vote on who they think is in each picture. The person with the most correct answers wins!
How Do You Plan Icebreakers?
When planning your icebreaker, think about your specific goals. For example, if your goal is to get people laughing, you may want to choose questions or activities that are lighthearted. On the other hand, if your goal is to get people to share meaningful stories or get deeper into conversations, then you might opt for more thoughtful questions or activities.
Set your intention, think about your goals, and get started! What kind of conversation do you want to have next? In addition to the 125 spring icebreaker ideas we shared in this article, try one of these 57 conversation starter ideas.
What Are the Benefits of Using Icebreakers?
If done well, using icebreakers during events and meetings can warm people up to more meaningful connections. Icebreakers can…
- Break people out of their comfort zone
- Ease awkward introductions
- Boost social interaction
- Lay the foundation to build trust
- Improve collaboration
- Enhance individual expression
- Create fun memories
Let’s check out these benefits more closely…
Icebreakers break people out of their comfort zone
This is probably one of the best parts about icebreakers. When someone can break out of their comfort zone, they are often surprised by what they gain on the other side.
Research indicates that icebreakers foster an environment for new connections and better understanding. Armed with a great set of questions to spark a meaningful conversation, you might meet your new best friend or at least have yourself a bit more fun at that next social gathering!
People who use icebreakers to introduce themselves and get intentional about their interactions with others in the workplace often feel more comfortable with their new colleagues, as well as are more likely to work together successfully. As it turns out, icebreakers are effective in not only introducing people to each other but also helping build teams!
Want to connect with others better at work? Try these workplace icebreakers!
Icebreakers ease awkward introductions
You’ve probably been in this situation before. You’re at an event or a meeting that’s about to get started, and people are awkwardly standing or sitting around, not knowing what to say or do until someone leads the way. An introvert’s nightmare! (To be fair, this can often be awkward for extroverts too).
Then there might be the moment where the leader of the event gets things started, skips intros, and jumps right into the agenda. This jolt can often make some people feel like they are about to go for a run they didn’t stretch for. Conversation can get strained in the process! (Get it?! Strained? Where are my runners at?!)
This is where a friendly icebreaker can come in handy. Whether you’re the leader in a group, a part of the group, or even simply trying to socialize your way through a wedding where you don’t know many people—a great icebreaker question can help warm people up, make others feel seen, and ease the awkwardness.
Icebreakers boost social interaction
Think about your best friend. Do you remember the first words you said to each other? What did you connect on? It turns out, every connection or relationship you’ve ever had with anyone likely started with some kind of question, right? Icebreakers can help you break down barriers and open up new opportunities. So if you’re looking to make a new friend or boost the social interaction in your life, equip yourself with some good, open-ended icebreaker questions.
The best part? Just as Shawn Anchor’s popular TED talk suggests, the more social connections you have, the happier and less stressed you are too!
In a work setting, these kinds of interactions can help build trust in a team and encourage people to become close friends and colleagues. Creating an environment at work where socializing is encouraged can be achieved through activities like team meetings, team building exercises, or simply by having casual conversations during breaks.
Teams need to create space to get to know each other on a personal level, which will ultimately lead to better teamwork, communication, and innovation.
Icebreakers can lay the foundation for building trust
While icebreakers alone cannot build trust, they can help lay the foundation for more connections to build trust along the way. When you can create an atmosphere of openness, trust, and appreciation for others, you tend to have more successful relationships, both personally and professionally.
When you’re open with your ideas and willing to be vulnerable, people around you tend to feel more comfortable opening up as well (shout out to Brene Brown’s viral TED talk!). And when trust is present, it gives people more confidence. As people share and appreciate each other’s unique ideas, gratitude grows, and so does engagement.
Icebreakers create a domino effect of trust-building! It looks something like this:
- openness leads to vulnerability
- which leads to more comfort
- which leads to better communication
- which leads to greater connection
- which leads to deeper empathy
- which leads to more confidence
- which leads to greater appreciation
- which leads to higher engagement
As you keep laying the groundwork for the domino effect of trust to happen again and again, you’ll likely create the kind of group or team people enjoy being a part of.
Icebreakers improve collaboration
As people get to know each other better through icebreakers, they can also learn how to improve collaboration. Why? Because icebreakers provide a non-threatening opportunity for people to find common ground and discover each other’s strengths, weaknesses, hopes, and dreams.
When encouraging positive energy, laughter, and fun, people get more comfortable communicating with each other. In a work environment, the comfort level developed between team members transfers over into their everyday work life and allows them to collaborate more effectively.
Icebreakers enhance individual expression
With a non-threatening get-to-know-you question, people often feel freer to share their thoughts without fear of judgment or criticism. Through this openness, individuals can start to understand one another better, exploring common ground while learning about different perspectives and experiences. From this foundation, relationships form more easily.
As people feel seen and heard, they gain a greater sense of confidence and self-worth. In the workplace, this can be a great booster for morale! Especially since research indicates that one thing people desire from their employer is to be truly seen and heard for the value they bring to the table.
Icebreakers create fun memories
Some of the best memories are formed around laughter. With the spring icebreaker questions and activities provided for you above, you’re almost sure to laugh! Your shared experiences with laughter can create a sense of connection you can recall later with a smile on your face.
Creating memories comes down to your intention. When you are intentional about your desire to get to know others, you have an opportunity to create a special memory that can live long past the icebreaker itself. It’s about how you make people feel when they’re around you.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
As Maya Angelou said, people are far more likely to remember how you made them feel than what you said. When you give people attention with intention, you can break the ice like a pro.
Spring Icebreaker Takeaways
Whether you are hosting a spring teambuilding event, having a family Easter dinner, attending a wedding, or going to your nephew’s graduation BBQ, try out some of the spring icebreakers and see if you can:
- Break people out of their comfort zone by fostering an environment for new connections.
- Ease awkward introductions by warming people up and making them feel seen.
- Boost social interaction by breaking down barriers with a toolbox of great questions.
- Lay the foundation to build trust by being willing to be vulnerable.
- Improve collaboration by providing a non-threatening opportunity for people to find common ground and discover each other’s strengths.
- Enhance individual expression by helping people feel seen and heard.
- Create fun memories with shared experiences and laughter.
Want even more icebreakers? Try this great list of remote icebreakers.