An object lesson uses an object as a metaphor for teaching purposes. An ice breaker is an activity to help a group relax, have some fun, and get started. I coined the phrase Object Breakers.
One of my specialties is giving everyone in the room an object and taking them through a series of exploratory moves and actions. We explore peacock feathers, water droplets, popcorn, ice cubes, plastic grocery bags and milkweed seeds. For instance, everyone can get involved with the 10 tips of excellence using a coffee filter.