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The New Encyclopedia of Icebreakers by Sandra Peyser, Miriam McLaughlin

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Forming

The Forming section offers activities for mixing and grouping participants and involving them in introductions and interactions with others. These activities prepare participants for involvement in the training that follows.

The Forming stage of group development refers to that time when people first come together to attend a training session, develop a team, or begin a group. There are patterns of behavior at this stage that are typical, whether the participants are present for training, forming a group, or working with a team.

People come into new situations as individuals, with unique ideas of what to expect from the experience. ...

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