Introductory activities

What kind of animal are you?

Fun introductory or warm-up activity.

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What kind of animal are you?
Educator prep: None
Student prep: None
Breakout rooms
Duration: 5-30 mins

Activity purpose

This is a fun introductory or warm-up activity.

Useful for

Doing introductions in any size group without asking people to reveal too much about themselves if they don’t want to.




Ask participants to go around and say “if you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?”

This can be done in a large group or in smaller groups via breakout rooms.


It could take anywhere between 1-5 minutes per participant, so if it is a large group, you may want to limit each person to 1 or 2 minutes.

Technical requirements

None, other than breakout rooms if you choose to split up the whole group.

Useful resources


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