have put together a section to help you plan a baby shower and make it
as special and memorable as possible. Playing games at a baby shower keeps
everyone laughing and cheerful. Every baby shower does not have to have
games; however they are lots of fun and especially good to play if guests
do not know each each other well. Typically, four to five games are played
at a shower, depending on how much time each activity takes. The winner
of each game is usually given a small gift from the hostess as a prize.
Alphabetical Baby Word Game - Give each guest a piece of paper
and a pencil. On each piece of paper is a vertical list of the alphabet.
Set the timer or clock for one minute. The object of the game is ot come
up with one baby-related word for each letter before the timer goes off.
The person with the most creative baby-related words wins.
Baby Pictionary - This game is based upon the original Pictionary
board game. Before the shower, place words relating to baby activites
and items on small cards. (eg: Changing a diaper, giving birth, feeding
time) At the shower, create teams and give each one a pad of paper and
pencil. Let one member of the team see a card, then tell then to draw
the word or phrase for their partners to guess. Use a timer or just play
until someone guesses. When the time is up, the teams total up the number
of words they have guessed correctly and the one who has the most wins
Floating Baby - The night before the shower, place a miniature plastic baby (the really tiny ones) in each square of an icecube maker, freeze overnite. (You can get them at a cake/pastry supply store or in cake decorating section.) At the shower, give each guest a glass with one ice cube inside. Each ice cube has a frozen baby inside. You ask each guest to write down the time they think their baby will be born (in other words, guess the time the ice cube will melt and free the baby frozen inside). The guests are not allowed to touch the cube with their fingers but are allowed to hold the glass. The guest who's ice cube melts first and frees the baby wins a prize.
The Name Game - Ask each guest to pick out a baby name for a boy
or a girl ( if the sex is known, have guests pick a first and middle name).
Have them write their selected names down on a piece of paper. After each
person has completed this, explain that they are to create words made
up of letter in their chosen names. Use a timer and have the guests write
down as many words as they can think of. When the time is up, your guests
total up the number of words they have created and the one who has the
most words wins. Example: Annabelle Morgan ---- ball, name, born, melon,
Rice Bowl - Fill a large bowl with plain rice, half filled and
pour a package of small safety pins in it. The object of the game is to
find and remove as many safety pins as possible while blindfolded. Blindfold
the guests, one at a time, and give them 30 seconds to find and remove
as many safety pins as possible and place them in a second bowl. This
is a hard task because the pins feel just like the rice! The pins are
counted after each guest. After each turn and the pins have been counted,
place the pins back in the bowl for the next person. The guest who removes
the most wins!
Who's in the Photo? - When mailing the invitations, enclose a note
requesting that each guest bring a baby photo of himself or herself. As
the guests arrive, place a post-it with a number on the back of each photo.
Keep a list and write down the name of the guest next to the number their
photo is. Place photos on a bulletin board or use doublestick tape and
place on the wall. Later in the party, give each guest a piece of paper
and a photo. Have them write down their guesses as to who they think the
baby picture is of. After everyone has seen all the photos, the hostess
can read who was who and hold up the photo at the same time. Guests mark
those that they get correct. The one who gets the most right, wins!
Stork (Bingo) - Create your own set of bingo cards except don't
use numbers but instead, use things related to babies. Instead of having
BINGO across the top, use the word STORK.
Estimate the Mother-to-be's Tummy - Buy a ribbon before the shower.
The ribbon should be at least 60 inches long or (about 2 yards). Pass
the ribbon to each guest and let her write her initials where she believes
the waistline of the mother-to-be. Initials should be written very small.
Rule: No guests can put the string around themselves or each other to
make a guess. When everyone is finished, the mother-to-be wraps the ribbon
around her waist and the person whose initials are closest to the true
measurement wins the prize. This is a fun keepsake for the mother-to-be
to put in her photo album or scrapbook as a remembrance of the shower
Baby Food Game - Buy 5 to 10 different baby food jars and place
a number on the bottom of each jar. Choose flavors and combinations that
are more difficult to recognize. Remove jar labels and record which baby
food jar coordinates with each number. (For example: Sweet Potato is #1; Turkey
& Peas is #2....) Place the jars and plastic spoons on a tray and pass
it around to the guests. Hand out a piece of paper and pencil to each guest.
Guests then try to guess what flavor is in each jar and write it down.
Some people will be able to guess the flavor by site alone, especially
moms. After everyone has finished guessing then read the answers. The
person who correctly lists the most flavors is the winner. This is very
good practice for the mother-to-be because she will be doing this on a
daily basis in the very near future!
Nursery Rhymes - Version 1 - Write down parts of old Nursery Rhymes or children's
songs and see how many your guests can remember the missing parts. Below
is a list we came up with:
Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the dish ran away with the ___________.
Georgie Porgie, puddin' and pie, Kissed the girls and made them __________.
Jack Sprat could eat no fat, His wife could eat no ____________. And so
betwixt the two of them, they licked the platter clean.
This old man, he played one, He played knick, knack with his _____________,
With a Knick, knack, paddy whack, Give the dog a bone; This old man came
London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, Falling down. London bridge
is falling down, My________ ___________.
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, Had a wife and couldn't keep her. He put her
in a __________ ___________, And there he kept her very well.
This little piggy went to market, This little piggy stayed home, This
little piggy had __________......
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With ________ and
__________, And pretty maids all in a row.
Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he 'live, or
be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my ____________.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree. merry, merry __________ of the bush
is he. Laugh, Kookaburra, Laugh, Koookaburra, How Gay your life must be.
Answers: 1. Spoon 2. Cry 3. Lean 4. Thumb 5. Fair Lady 6. Pumpkin Shell 7. Roast Beef 8. Silver Bells and cockleshells 9. Bread 10. King
Nursery Rhymes - Version 2 - Write down questions from old Nursery Rhymes or children's songs and see how many your guests can guess the answers. Some ideas:
1) What did Peter Piper Pick?
2) Who were the three men in a tub?
3) What did Georgie Porgie do to the girls to make them cry?
4) Who did the three blind mice run after?
5) What is Tuesday's child full of?
6) How many blackbirds were baked in a pie?
7) What did Little Miss Muffet sit on?
8) What was Little Jack Horner eating in the corner?
9) What did Mother Hubbard go to the cupboard for?
10) What did Tommy Tucker sing for?
11) Whom did Simple Simon meet going to the fair?
12) What kind of flowers grow in Mistress Mary's garden?
13) What did Tom the Piper's son steal?
14) What was Wee Willie Winkie wearing when he ran through the town?
15) How much wool did the black sheep have? Three bags full
16) What was Yankoo Doodle riding on when he went to town?
17) How old was the Pease? Porridge in the pot?
18) In Hickory Dickory Dock, what time did the mouse run down the clock?
19) What couldn't Jack Sprat eat?
20) What was the cat playing when the cow jumped over the moon?
21) What did the three little kittens lose?
22) What was Humpty Dumpty sitting on before he fell?
Answers: 1. A peck of pickled peppers, 2) The butcher, baker and candlestick maker, 3) Kissed them, 4) The farmer's wife, 5) Grace, 6) Four and twenty, 7) A tuffet
8) A Christmas pie, 9) A bone for her dog, 10) His supper, 11) A pieman, 12) Silver Bells, 13) A pig, 14) His nightgown, 15) Three bags full, 16) A pony, 17) Nine days old, 18) One o'clock, 19) Fat, 20) A fiddle, 21) Their mittens, 22) A wall
Dirty Diapers - Fold white napkins or cloths into little diaper
forms and close with small diaper pins. (Newborn disposable diapers tied
with pink and blue ribbon can also be used.) Place all the diapers in
a large basket and have each guest take one. At the end of the party,
each guest opens up their diaper and the one with the brown "poop" spot
wins a prize. (A combination of melted Hersey's chocolate kiss and mustard)
All the diapers besides the "filled" one are still useable and should
be given to the mother-to-be to take home.
Pin the Bottle on the Calendar - Purchase a very nice calendar
(ie: Anne Geddes). Pin it to the wall, opened to the month of of the due
date. Cut out a paper bottle and place a piece of double stick tape to
the back. Blindfold each guest, spin her around, and watch each guest
attempt to "pin the diaper to the expected due date". The winner of the
calendar is the guest who pins closest to the estimated due date.
Baby Word Scramble - Copy the list of scrambled words below and
hand one to each guest. Give them a certain amount of time (suggested:2-5
minutes) to try and unscramble as many words as they are able to do. Read
the unscrambled list to the guests. The guest that unscrambled the most
words is the winner. The hostess then gives a small gift as a prize.
Raragice - Carriage
Sitbenas - Bassinet
Bicr - Crib
Nesioe - Onesie
Caripife - Pacifier
Dalecr - cradle
NcoKirg Ihcar - Rocking Chair
Aybb ngisw - Baby Swing
Pgdferesbiane - Breastfeeding
Rupb - Burp
TispPu- Spit up
Ewnbonr - newborn
Tbloet - Bottle
Vceinigre Akeblnt - Receiving Blanket
Bag Game - Using white lunch bags, spell out the word B A B Y S H O W E R, with one letter on each bag.
In each bag is something for the baby. For example B has bibs, A has applesauce, Y which as Yellow Rubber Ducky. The person with the most correct guesses wins.
Baby's Personalized T-Shirts - This is more of an activity than a game. The hostess provides onesies or t-shirts for baby - different sizes so baby has some as he/she grows. Also, hostess provides cardboard for inside of t-shirts and fabric paints.
Guests are asked to design a t-shirt for the new little one. The new Mom receives the t-shirts for baby after they dry.