YOYP Human Recipes Icebreaker

This is a quick icebreaker game for medium size groups (up to ~30 max). It is meant to be a ridiculous game that there’s no point in ‘winning’ and more important to interact with all participants.

Use this to make a safe place to introduce concepts such as arbitrary labels, identity and self-concept, intersectionality/distributed identities and tribalism.


  • Write ingredients on large post it notes or cards that can be easily taped/stuck to participants’ back.
  • Make sure there are enough cards for each person attending
  • Make sure to have a mix of cards/ingredients that fit just one, all and also two or more recipes

Instructions (Pizza version)

  • Introduce the game asking participants to remember the days they got something stuck on their back at school, and that today we will all get labelled, find them out and then each other to drop them
  • Stick the cards to participant’s backs, making sure they do not know which ingredient they have.
  • Allocate the ingredients so that there that there enough to complete recipes (i.e. no one left standing on their own). Give out and display the instructions:
  • You will get a random ingredient stuck to your back (no peeking)
  • Find someone in the room and ask 3 questions to find out what ingredient you are, give only yes / no answers, have a laugh, move on
  • When you know what you are, group up with other ingredients and shout out your pizza name
  • Help others complete the game by answering their questions

Recipes/ingredients/target group size:

Recipe Ingredient Cards Qty
Hawaiian Ham, Pineapple 2
Margherita (v) Cheese, Tomato 2
Pepper Passion (v) Peppers, Chilli, Jalapeno, Cheese 4
Chicken Club Chicken, Bacon, Tomato, Onion, Cheese 4
Garden Party (v) Cheese, Onion, Peppers, Tomato, Sweetcorn, Mushrooms 5
Mexican Jalapeno, Peppers, Beef, Onion, Chilli, Cheese 5
Total 30

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Further Instructions

Prepare additional cross-cutting cards to accommodate late-comers or if you don’t know how many participants will take part.

If there are low numbers of participants, give 2 ingredients per participant to make the game more chaotic.

Spend some time discussing Gary the vegan cheese as an example of an arbitrary label that turned into a campaign. See for reference:

“Vegan cheese renamed ‘Gary’ after a dairy-lover’s rant goes viral”

Link: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/vegan-cheese-renamed-gary-after-one-dairylovers-facebook-rant-goes-viral-a3360021.html


Cards x 30 (use pictures as well as text) / Glue Dots / Recipe List


Human Recipes – Pizza Edition (Instructions – A4 PDF)

Sample labels for the Pizza version below:

Pizza Labels_Page_1.jpg