Ninjas at your Dojo may not know each other, or some may have formed friendly groups and therefore don’t interact much with Ninjas not within the group. To both introduce new Ninjas to other Dojo attendees and to create new opportunities for Ninjas to interact with one another, we recommend running icebreaker activities whenever you have several new Ninjas at a session, and every so often even with established Ninjas. You can find ideas for icebreaker games attached to this help article.
These activities are usually games that encourage the Ninjas and mentors in the Dojo to interact and to learn something about one another. This could just be another Ninja’s name, or it could be something about their hobbies, pets, favourite music, etc.
It is not unusual for older Ninjas (13 years or older) to sit out the icebreaker game. Alternatively, you can group teenagers together and encourage them to find out something interesting about each other.