I came up with an easy to prepare getting to know you activity today, which took about 30 minutes with 12 upper intermediate students.
Divide A4 pieces of paper into quarters – as many as you need for one quarter per student.
Students fold their piece of paper in half.
They draw a picture of themselves on one half, then write key words related to their lives on the other half – as many or as few as they choose.
The final step is a mingle where they show their pictures and key words to other students in the class, and use these as prompts for conversation.
I put the names of all of the students on the board to help them too.
This was my paper: