46 Fun Baby Shower Games and Activities With Prize Ideas

Fun baby shower games for boys, girls, couples, large groups and guests with unique prize ideas

Are you looking for the best baby shower games ever and turn it into a fun festive celebration to remember for years to come? You are on the right page! Check out the unique game ideas below:

Baby Shower Games For Girls

Child Song Game

Classic children’s songs are sliced and diced, as guests try to guess what song that familiar line is.

Playing the game:

Take random lines from several child songs and have guests guess what song that line is from. The guests who accurately guess the most songs wins.

Preparation:

Take lines from the middle of some recognizable (or not!) children’s songs. For example:

“I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag” (Camptown Races)
“As I was walking, that ribbon of highway” (This Land is Your Land)
“Tea, a drink with jam and bread.” (Do-Re-Mi)

Variations:

You can also play this game with nursery rhymes or fairy tales.

Suggested prizes:

Since this game is all about songs, award your winning guest with a CD or free music download.

My thoughts:

This game is a great accompaniment to a lullaby baby shower theme.

 

Decorate A Baby Bib Activity

Guests use their artistic talents to decorate this staple of a baby’s wardrobe.

About the activity:

This activity has shower guests decorating a baby bib (or bibs). As guests arrive at the shower, each guest writes a special message or draws a picture on a bib. For those with a larger guest list, many bibs are used. Once completed, the decorated bibs are presented to the mother-to-be as her last shower gift.

Game preparation:

You’ll need at least one white onesie, bib or baby t-shirt for this activity. Provide non-toxic fabric markers or another fabric applique. Have a bag or box ready for wrapping this ultimate shower gift.

Variations:

Baby t-shirts, onesies or another baby item will also make a great canvas for this kid art!

My thoughts:

Will some of your guests be arriving late for the shower? If so, this is a great activity for guests to pass the time while stragglers filter into the shower a wee bit late. Simply have more bibs, onesies and baby T-shirts on hand!

 

Storytelling Game

So here’s the story – your guests will love playing this classic storytelling game!

There’s not necessarily a storybook ending when you play the game. But don’t worry – that’s part of the fun!

Playing the game:

One guest uses an introductory sentence to begin telling a story. A possible first sentence might be “Once upon a time _____.” Subsequent guests contribute to the story one sentence at a time.

Guests will crack up with the opening line “Once upon a time, Rachel and Matt conceived a baby.” There will be plenty of laughs to be had.

Variations:

This game can also be played by guests adding a single word at a time or multiple sentences at a time.

My thoughts:

Women just love telling stories and inventing scenarios. Consider playing the storytelling game when hosting girls-only shower party.

 

Pregnant Belly Races

Is there a track star in your midst? You’ll soon find out when you have pregnant belly races. Are men on your guest list? Play this lively game at your couples baby shower.

 

Baby Shower Games For Boys

Water Balloon Game

Groups test their parenting skills when they pass around a baby – a water balloon baby!

Here’s a perfect outdoor game for a bright and sunny day.

Playing the game:

Divide shower attendees into groups of two, and give each group a water balloon (imagine it to be a newborn!) Have groups pass the balloon between them for as long as they can without dropping it. The first team to pass the ‘water balloon baby’ fifty times wins the game.

Preparation:

This low-prep activity requires two supplies; balloons and water. You’ll want to prepare as many water balloons as you have pairs of guests (total guests divided by 2).

Variations:

Instead of passing the balloon back and forth without moving, have each guest take one step back after each throw!

Suggested prizes:

Since this game is best played outdoors, present your winning team with a summer-themed prize: mini sunscreens, drink mixes or gift certificates to a local ice cream shop are perfect.

My thoughts:

Shower activities such as the water balloon baby game are ideal for younger guest lists. Get your guests up and moving around!

 

Cotton Ball Game

Everything is more fun blindfolded! Enjoy this timed game at your shower.

Guests will have fun competing in this game – but not nearly as much fun as the spectators!

Playing the game:

The trick to this game is that the blindfolded guest can’t feel the cotton balls! Blindfold guests one at a time. Spread cotton balls around the floor and have the blindfolded guest attempt to scoop up as many cotton balls as possible. Scooped cotton balls are placed in a bowl without using their hands. Give each guest 20 seconds of scooping.

Preparation:

You’ll need to have one blindfold, a bowl of cotton balls and a plastic salad spoon. That’s it!

Variations:

Cotton balls can be substituted with other small objects: small candies, chocolates, diaper pins or coins.

Suggested prizes:

Give your game winner a bag of cotton balls and Q-tips – of course!

My thoughts:

Color the cotton balls green and call them peas from the ‘peas in the pod’ theme. Or paint your cotton balls orange to fit the pumpkin patch theme.

 

Baby Shower Games For Large Groups

Playdough-tionary

The spin on Pictionary will transform your guests into sculptors!

Is that a baby feeding? Or is it conception! You’ll need good sculpting skills to win.

Playing the game:

This game is a spin on classic Pictionary. Instead of using pencils and paper to draw pictures, guests will use Playdough to create sculptures.

Divide the guests into teams of two. One guest from each group is shown the same slip of paper which tells which baby-related term should be sculpted. The other team member must guess which word is being carved from Play Dough. The first pair to form and guess the correct answer wins the round. The first group to win three rounds is this game’s winner!

Preparation:

The hostess prepares slips of paper with the baby and pregnancy-related terms such as a bottle, diaper, maternity clothing, etc. One package of Playdough should be provided for every two member team.

Variations:

Spice the game up with mischievous vocabularies such as conception, water breaking or breastfeeding.

Suggested prizes:

Award your game winners with a ‘carved’ candle. These ‘carved’ candles could be any formed to look like an animal or object.

My thoughts:

This ‘Playdough-tionary’ game is easily played by people of all ages. This makes it a perfect game when older guests are in attendance.

 

Feed The Baby Game

It’s time to feed the babies. But guests will soon find out this isn’t your average type of feeding.

Caution: You’ll want to get the camera ready for this game!

Playing the game:

Create 2-4 teams of two to compete in this game. Place a bib on one person from each team. The other team member stands behind the bib wearer and supplies the baby’s ‘arms.’ The baby’s arms will use a spoon to feed the mouth of the other team member. The first team to finish feeding a jar of baby food is the winner!

Preparation:

Gather one spoon and a baby food jar for each team. Players could get messy when playing the baby feeding race. Strategically placed drop cloths on guests and furniture will make for easy clean up.

Variations:

Substitute baby food with marshmallows, Jell-O or pudding.

Suggested prizes:

Winners can ‘clean up’ by receiving any of these fitting prizes: hand soap, paper towels or handi-wipes. These prizes may be used right away!

My thoughts:

A hostess can ham this game up by making contestants prove they haven’t cheated. Have guests stick out their tongue to ensure they’re not hiding uneaten baby food!

 

Diaper Writing Game

The guests make personalized creations for the future baby during the game. The mother will love the little designer duds created by her friends and family! This is one great game!

Are your group of guests a fun and creative group, always looking for ways in which they express themselves? The game lets your guests express themselves by creating personalized diapers for the little arrival.

Playing the game:

The hostess will distribute each guest a diaper and a permanent marker to each guest to personalize them by writing short messages. The hostess can give cute message samples to write on them. Of course, guests can draw pictures or symbols instead of slogans. Once everyone has completed their masterpieces, each guest is asked to present their diapers to the group. Winning entries can be chosen by the group.

Game preparation:

The diaper writing game requires little preparation. The hostess will need one or two diapers for each of the guests. Since parents will not want to store the diapers for long, we suggest Preemie diapers which can be used soon after the baby’s birth.

You’ll also need permanent marker pens. Pens can be shared by multiple guests, so you need not get one per guest. Having pens in many colors will add to the game.

The hostess may want to give examples of slogans one can write on a diaper. Some examples include:

  • Special delivery!
  • I pooped!
  • Daddy’s turn
  • This one stinks!
  • I’ve slept for 12 hours, how about you!
  • Supersized!
  • Drawing a bull’s eye
Suggested prizes:

Since we like having gifts match the theme of the contest, you may want to give away a set of colorful markers. The gift can be wrapped in white paper with loops and swirls colored by the markers.

My thoughts:

Your guests will love playing the diaper writing game. It will be entertaining to see what slogans their fellow party-goers can come up with. A hostess may want to offer suggestions for the less creative guests or ones having a mental block. But best of all, the mother will relive the shower every time she uses one of these personalized creations!

 

Baby Block Game

Good spellers are rewarded with this easy game.

Playing the game:

Give each team wooden baby blocks. They must spell as many words from them as they can within a 2-minute time frame. The team that comes up with the most words wins.

Teams are allowed to play this game Scrabble-style, where words can start or end with letters of other words.

Preparation:

Divide your guests into teams of 2 or 3 (depending on how many are in attendance.) Supply each team with eight wooden baby blocks. Give the teams 2 minutes to create words from their blocks.

Variations:

Have the teams create baby names from the blocks. The mother-to-be then chooses her favorite name.

Suggested prizes:

Give each winning team member a scratch-off lottery ticket. Maybe they’ll continue their winning streak!

My thoughts:

After playing the game, give the baby blocks to the mother-to-be.

 

PictionBaby Game

Played like Pictionary, the ‘baby sketches’ shower game has guests doodling and guessing

Sharpen your pencils. You’re about to play PictionBaby – a game inspired by the Pictionary board game.

Playing the game:

Guests are put into teams of two. An index card with a baby-related word is passed around to one member of each group. This team member sketches while the other guesses the baby term. All teams start at the same time. The first team to guess the term correctly wins that round.

Preparation:

Just write down baby or pregnancy-related terms on separate index cards. These cards will be passed from group to group to indicate which baby term should be drawn.

Variations:

Looking for other writing games? Check these out:

  • Word scrambles game
  • Birthday cards for the future activity
  • Memory tray game
Suggested prizes:

Award the winning guest with a pretty pen set.

My thoughts:

This game is perfect for older guests.

 

Baby Gift Bingo

Gifts are often times very predictable. Put your guests to the test with this spin on bingo.

Playing the game:

As the mother-to-be gets ready to open the gifts, hand out blank bingo cards to guests. Have them fill in the squares with items they think the mother might receive as gifts (like receiving blankets, onesies or pacifiers.) As the honoree opens her gifts, guests mark off one by one the items they’ve listed on their bingo cards.

Preparation:

Prepare blank bingo cards out of paper. We suggest a 4 x 4 grid.

Variations:

Traditional bingo is always fun. You can make your own or find ready-made cards at party supply stores.

Suggested prizes:

Award your winning guest with a snack gift basket. Fill a basket with artisan bread, cheese and crackers.

My thoughts:

Check out the regular bingo before you play.

 

Dress Up Baby Game

Baby fashion gets a twist when guests dress up a baby while playing this shower game.

Teams are armed with various supplies to accomplish one mission: designing baby clothes!

Playing the game:

Divide the guests into teams. Give each team fabric and supplies to create unique baby clothing and accessories to dress up a baby doll.

Game preparation:

Gather several life-sized baby dolls, one for each team of designers. Equip each team with fabric scraps, beads, accessories, designer supplies, and scissors.

Give each team a doll and designate 20 minutes for teams to dress the baby up in their baby fashions. Once all teams finish dressing their babies, the mother-to-be selects one doll as her favorite.

Suggested prizes:

Award each team with a fashion magazine like Glamor or In Style.

My thoughts:

The more outlandish the designer supplies, the more creative your guests will be when dressing up their babies.

Provide teams with;

The better the supplies, the more fun you will have!

 

Baby Shower Games For Couples

Pass The Frozen Toy

Passing an object among friends has never been this shocking!

Winning this baby game will burr-ly be worth it – and that’s why it’s such a fun shower game!

Playing the game:

Connect two frozen baby toys by a 4-foot piece of string. The toys are passed from guest to guest under their clothing!

Arrange guests in a circle. The first guest begins passing the frozen toys under her shirt. Once the toys have passed through the first guest’s shirt, the toys are passed along to the second guest where she’ll do the same.

Preparation:

Find two small, flat baby toys and chill them in a deep freeze. Plastic keys or teething rings make perfect toys. Connect the frozen toys together by a piece of yarn or string about 4 feet long.

Variations:

You can also play this game as a relay, where two teams race to complete the frozen baby toy passing.

Suggested prizes:

Award all guests or your winning team with an ice cream treat!

My thoughts:

This game idea is ideal for younger guests or couples. The smart guests will go last in this game!

 

Crazy Diaper Changing Game

Changing diapers is easy unless you change them with these crazy rules!

This game is traditionally played when each guest changes a baby doll’s diaper. I have a new take on this classic contest.

Playing the game:

Pair up the guests into groups of two. The left hand of one guest must work with the right hand of another to change diapers. The first two-person team to complete the diaper changing wins!

Have each guest put one hand behind their back (or tie their hands together) and time them as they change baby’s diaper.

Preparation:

You’ll need similar-sized baby dolls and diapers for as many teams that are playing.

Variations:

Depending on the crowd, you can also play this game with an ‘adult’ baby – a willing guest or dad-to-be!

Suggested prizes:

Your winning guests have just mastered putting on undergarments. So award them with a gift certificate to Victoria’s Secret.

My thoughts:

The ‘crazy diaper changing game’ is perfect for couples. Each couple can compete as a team.

 

Teddy Bear Kiss

Best played with close friends, the ‘teddy bear kiss’ shower shifts gears from cute to crazy!

Playing the game:

A teddy bear is passed around a circle, as each guest has to kiss it. Easy enough, right? After this round is completed, announce to guests that they now must kiss the mother-to-be in the same spot they kissed the teddy bear!

Preparation:

You’ll need a teddy bear and fun-loving guests to play the game.

Variations:

If the father-to-be is at the party, he could do the kissing as guests recall where they kissed the teddy bear.

Suggested prizes:

Great kisses call for fresh breath. Award each participant with a pack mints, gum or Altoids.

My thoughts:

This game is best played with close friends or couples. After all, does the mother-to-be want a kiss on the lips from her old Aunt Millie?

 

Baby Shower Games For Men

Breastfeeding Challenge

Breastfeeding isn’t just for the ladies anymore, at least not with this hilarious game!

This game is played similar to the ‘baby’s mouth bulls-eye game’ – except for men compete while wearing nursing bras!

Playing the game:

2-4 men are recruited to play this game. Each person will have a helper. With assistance from the helper, each guy puts on a nursing bra and fills each cup with a Zip-lock bag full of water. Once all men have their cups ‘ready for racing’, the helpers poke holes in the water bags as the men attempt to hit ‘baby mouth’ targets below. The first person to fill his jar wins!

Preparation:

Follow the directions from the baby’s mouth bulls-eye game to make the ‘baby mouth’ targets. You’ll also need a nursing bra for every player; water filled Zip-lock baggies and small pins. Fill each Ziplock baggie with two cups of water. Secure each bag with fastening wire to get a plump bag which will not leak water.

Variations:

If nursing bras are not available, find old brassieres from a thrift shop. Cut holes in the cups, and you’re ready to start feeding babies!

Suggested prizes:

Give your winner a tube of breastfeeding ointment! Of course, they can leave it for the mom-to-be at the end of the shower.

My thoughts:

Do you have pictures of men playing this crazy shower game? We’d love a user-submitted photo to display on this page. Just when your guys think the end to humiliation is near – tell them they’re about to be immortalized on Maggwire!

 

Outdoor Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Croquet

Being a good shot in croquet will have its privileges when this outdoor game gets a makeover.

This isn’t the version of croquet your grandparents used to play!

Playing the game:

A croquet course is set up in the backyard and traditional croquet rules apply. But being the first to their your ball through the wicket (the wire hoop) will have special privileges. This competitor can request another competitor perform a baby or pregnancy action! So if Mary is the first to hit her ball through the wicket, she can request Suzie to as if she’s going through labor! Players will love this twist, and the game will get surprisingly competitive.

Preparation:

A hostess need only bring a croquet set and enough yard to set up a croquet course.

Variations:

A small prize can be given to each player if they are the first to hit a ball through the wicket. Tape the name of the prize to each wicket.

Suggested prizes:

Ball-shaped candles will look a bit like croquet balls, making them a perfect prize for this game.

My thoughts:

Please note that the game is not endorsed by the United States Croquet Association!

 

Baby Diaper Lawn Bowling

This crazy shower game is a take on two favorite lawn sports – lawn bowling and bocce ball.

Lawn sports purists beware – this crazy take on a favorite past time will be a shower favorite.

Playing the game:

Guests are each given a pair of disposable baby diapers. Using tape, each guest creates a ball from each of their two diapers. Each of the two ‘diaper balls’ is marked with the guest’s name.

The hostess throws a target (a small ball) onto the lawn. Each guest then throws their diaper balls as close to the target as possible. The guest who’s diaper ball is closest to the target gets the point. The hostess will set how many points it will take to win.

Preparation:

The hostess need only obtain two diapers per guest, tape and a small target for the game. I recommend a transparent shipping tape for securing the diaper into a ball and using a tennis ball as a target.

Variations:

Mark a line on your lawn. Have guests attempt to throw their diaper as close to the line as possible without going over.

Suggested prizes:

Since this game is best played outdoors, give an outdoor refreshment as a prize. Nestea or Kool-Aid would be perfect.

My thoughts:

If we were throwing an outdoor baby shower, we’d have our guests play the baby diaper lawn bowling game.

 

Interactive Baby Shower Games

Two Truths And A Lie Game

Here’s one thing you’ll know for sure – this has become a traditional ice breaking activity.

Was your aunt Norma Jean once mistaken for Jane Fonda? You’ll soon find out!

Playing the game:

This simple game requires each guest to come up with three statements about herself; two true statements and one false. Guests reveal their comments one by one. The other guests must decide which of the three statements is false. The guest who correctly guesses the false statements wins!

Preparation:

Instruct guests to come up with three statements about themselves. The more unbelievable the comments, the better. For example:

  • I’ve swum with sharks
  • I’ve received ten speeding tickets in the past year.
  • I was an eighth-grade spelling champion.

Just wait and see what crazy things you’ll find out about other guests!

Variations:

Have everyone choose two fibs and one fact.

Suggested prizes:

Give your winning guest a Magic eight ball!

My thoughts:

If guests are tied at the end of the game, have the honoree be the tie breaker. Have a guess off with two pregnant mommy facts and one fib!

 

Baby Pictures Game

All your guests have brought their baby picture, and now it’s time to guess who is who. Could that tiny baby be your slender cousin Mary? There will be plenty of surprises when your guests play the baby pictures game.

Playing the game:

The hostess includes a request for baby pictures in each invitation. As guests arrive at the shower, all baby pictures are anonymously dropped into a large envelope.

This game can be conducted in different ways. This can be a timed game where all guests are given five minutes to guess the baby photo identities. Or the pics can be on display and attendees guess the characters throughout the event. This presents a great ice breaker for guests!

Game preparation:

When writing the invitations, you’ll need to request each guest bring their baby picture.

Suggested prizes:

Since this game features baby pictures, give a picture frame to the guest who correctly guesses the most baby pics. You will need one piece of paper and a pencil per guest, and a large envelope for guests to deposit their baby pictures.

My thoughts:

This is a low-prep game that is still fun and entertaining. Remind your guests to bring their photos when they return home!

 

Hilarious Baby Shower Games

Baby’s Mouth Bullseye Game

The guest with the best aim will win the game. Will you hit the baby’s mouth bulls-eye?

The kids are getting cranky. It’s time for a feeding!

Instructions:
2-6 guests stand above ‘baby face’ targets. Each baby face has an open mouth creating a target. Give each guest a baby bottle full of water and 30 seconds to ‘feed the baby!’ The guest who fills the most water into the mouth wins!
Preparation:

This shower game requires a bit more prep than most. You’ll need to find 2-6 baby food jars, the same amount of baby bottles, poster board, markers, and scissors.

Sketch a baby face for each baby food jar – funny faces are preferred. Create each face with a hole in the mouth just wide enough to poke through the upper rim of a baby food jar. Place the plastic drop cloths around the playing area if playing indoors.

Variations:

Try the waterless version of this game. Have guests drop jelly beans (or other small objects) into the baby’s mouth. Give each guest the same amount of beans.

Suggested prizes:

Purchase a store brand gift from any Target store. Their complete line of store brand products each sport a target logo!

My thoughts:

Are you hosting a coed baby shower? If so, check out the hilarious breastfeeding challenge for men game! Is your crowd crazy enough for this contest?

 

Pin The Diaper On The Baby

If your guest of honor is a good sport that loves a good laugh, consider playing this gag game at your shower.

Instructions:
The game is set up as “Pin the Diaper Pin on the Baby” (just like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”). You can proceed to play a few rounds traditionally, but when the mother-to-be takes her turn (or another fun-loving guest), a surprise is in store. She gets sprayed with a splash of cold water!
Preparation:

Prepare a game of “Pin the Diaper Pin on the Baby,” using tagboard and markers. Have paper diaper pins (or real if you prefer) ready with double stick tape on one side. Blindfold guests, and have a spray bottle filled with cold water handy. When the mother-to-be takes her turn, spin her around, have her walk straight and then spray her!

Suggested prizes:

This gag game calls for a gag gift: check out your local Spencers Gifts or another party store.

Variations:

Have the father-to-be appear and spray the honoree!

My thoughts:

Games don’t have to be frilly and cutesy. Have a good laugh with this humorous game.

 

Dress Dad Up Like A Baby

When the dad-to-be joins the ‘baby dress up’ shower game, the whole guest list will be laughing.

Instructions:
Guests take turns performing essential baby-related tasks; my twist is this: the father-to-be acts as the baby!

Take a digital picture of the expectant father right away. If he doesn’t want to be burped a sixth time, mention you could send his ‘baby picture’ to his buddies.

Preparation:

Just dress daddy up like a baby. You can use items like a bonnet, pacifier and baby blanket to start.

Variations:

A guest can dress up like a baby if the father can’t make it.

Suggested prizes:

Mini baby lotion or oil is a great prize for the participating shower guests. These gentle products are a treat for anyone’s skin.

My thoughts:

If the daddy-to-be joins in on the fun, there won’t be a dry eye in the house. Heavy laughing is guaranteed!

 

‘How Many Licks’ Game

It’s a race to see which guest can consume a lollipop the fastest with this fun game.

This game isn’t for dum dum, though your guests will be licking them!

Instructions:
We’ve all wondered how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, but have any of us tried? It will put your guests to the test, finding out who can get there fastest!

Give each guest a Tootsie Pop, a Dum Dum pop or another lollipop. Have them start licking at the same time and see who can get to finish their lolly the fastest. Remember, no biting!

Preparation:

A hostess need only get a lollipop for each guest.

Variations:

Color the bottom of one Glamor and stick all lolly’s into the styrofoam. The guest pulling the lolly with colored bottom can be a winner.

Suggested prizes:

Candy and lollipops are the perfect prizes. Boutique candy stores will carry a large multi-colored popsicle, making the ultimate prize.

My thoughts:

This game will have everyone laughing. Getting to the center is harder than you think! It will evoke guests’ childhood memories.

 

Pop A Balloon Game

Cover your ears and get ready to laugh. Your guests will have a banging good time with the ‘pop a balloon’ game.

These balloons are difficult to pop and even harder to act out!

Instructions:
Give each guest a balloon, containing a small slip of paper inside. Each guest must pop her balloon and act out the action written on the small slip of paper inside.

The best part about this game? Helium filled balloons are difficult to pop! Fill your balloon with helium and make your guests work hard.

Preparation:

Write action phrases on small slips of paper. Try pregnancy-related actions like;

  • Delivering a baby
  • Conceiving a baby
  • Feeling the baby kick
  • Changing a diaper

Place each slip of paper in a balloon and inflate with helium.

Variations:

Will you have an outdoor party? Hide your slips of paper in water balloons.

Suggested prizes:

Inside one balloon, put a slip reading winner. Give this winning guest a gift certificate for coffee or another treat.

My thoughts:

Helium balloons are difficult to pop. Under-inflated helium balloons are even harder to pop! Are you the type of playful hostess that would play such a trick on your guests?

 

Easy Baby Shower Games

Nursery Rhyme Charades

An excellent baby shower is marked by fun, laughter, and ingenuity. That’s why we love ‘nursery rhyme charades’ shower game!

Imaginations can run wild when playing this game!

Instructions:
The ‘nursery rhyme charades’ game has each guest acting out a favorite nursery rhyme for the others to guess.
Game preparation:

Find a book of nursery rhyme books for charade ideas. Write nursery rhyme names on slips of paper for each guest to act out.

Suggested prizes:

Hand a prize out to each guest. After all, they all participated, and everyone is declared a winner! An appropriate award might be designer chocolates or a bag of candy.

My thoughts:

Most any nursery rhyme will lend itself to simple and fun play acting. This shower game is perfect for Jack and Jill and Dr. Seuss themes.

 

Memory Tray Game

The ultimate memory test goes baby shower style.

Instructions:
Guests get one minute to look at a tray full of baby-themed items. After the minute is up, each guest must write down as many things as she remembers. The guest who writes down the correct items wins.
Preparation:

Prepare a tray full of baby-related items.

  • Baby food
  • Rattle
  • Diaper pins
  • Baby powder
  • Baby fingernail clipper
  • Q-Tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Small stuffed animal
  • Baby shoes
  • Bonnet
  • Any other baby-related items you can think of

Give each guest a pencil and paper to write down as many items as she can remember.

Variations:

Have a selected guest empty the contents of her purse, and proceed with the original rules.

Suggested prizes:

Stick with the theme and give your winning guest a jar of mixed nuts.

My thoughts:

Consider giving the mother-to-be the contents of the tray.

 

Character Guessing Game

The guests become a children’s book character as part of your shower. And that’s where the fun begins.

The game will have guests wondering if they are Bambi, Pinocchio or Mickey Mouse!

Instructions:
Write the names of cartoon characters, children’s book characters or famous persons on note cards and attach to the back of each guest. Guests ask others yes/no questions to attempt to which character they might be. The first guest to guess their identity is the winner!
Preparation:

The shower hostess writes the names of children’s characters or famous people on note cards. One card is attached to the back of each guest. The hostess will want to hide the mirrors for this game!

Variations:

For a baby shower spin on this game, write down names of famous mothers. Angelina Jolie, Goldie Hawn, and Hillary Clinton would make great possibilities.

Suggested prizes:

Give the winning guest a pair of movie tickets.

My thoughts:

This game is well suited to the ‘a star is born’ theme or any shower theme with children’s book characters.

 

Popular Baby Shower Games

Baby Song Musical Chairs

Which guests will find a seat when the music stops playing?

Instructions:
Traditional musical chairs are played, except using baby-inspired music.
Preparation:

Arrange chairs in a circle, having one less than some guests/players are expected. Guests walk around the chairs to baby-themed music, and once the music stops, the only guest without a chair is eliminated. This process goes on until one guest remains

Variations:

Use music from mother-to-be’s favorite band, or her favorite song.

Suggested prizes:

Choose the prize of your choice and wrap the prize in a ‘musical note’ themed wrapping paper.

My thoughts:

Looking for another high-energy game? Try pregnant belly races.

 

Penny Ice Breaker Game

Guests get to know each other with this fun ice-breaker turned activity!

This ‘inexpensive’ activity creates a wealth of great introductions.

Instructions:
Before the shower, the hostess finds pairs two pennies minted in the same year. Each guest arrives, they are given one penny from the pair of pennies. Once the shower begins, the mother-to-be pulls out the other penny from the penny pair. The person holding the penny of the same year introduces herself. The guest can mention how she knows the mother-to-be or tell something interesting or juicy about your guest of honor!
Preparation:

You’ll need some pennies as you have guests attending the shower. For example, if you’re expecting ten guests, you should have 20 pennies (2 sets of pennies with matching years: two 1999’s, two 2003’s, etc.)

Variations:

This original game can be played with coins of any monetary value. If you’re playing with larger amounts, consider giving the mother-to-be a little allowance!

My thoughts:

Considering accompanying this money-themed shower activity into your money tree theme.

 

Different Baby Shower Games

Baby Sculpture Contest

Your guests know the newborn baby will be the most beautiful in the world. So why not let them create artwork resembling the big arrival. The guests will be given lumps of PlayDough and asked to make masterpieces for a baby sculpture contest!

Get ready because the creative juices are about to flow! Each attendee will be given an equal size lump of PlayDough or modeling clay at the start of the game. Guests are asked to create a sculpture which will best resemble the upcoming newborn.

Instructions:

The hostess distributes an equal size lump of PlayDough or modeling clay to each participant. The guests then begin a 2 – 4-minute sculpture session to create their masterpiece. Having just 2 minutes ensures some creations will look like anything but a baby – the fodder for many laughs. Longer modeling periods will allow better creations. Once the time has expired, the hostess will present each sculpture to the group. The creation is getting the most clapping, whooping and hollering will be judged the winner!

The hostess can ham it up during the judging part of the competition. Sculptors can be asked what inspired them when creating their piece. Sculptors can be asked which of the baby features resemble the father and which resemble the mother. The artwork looking the least like a baby will typically be the most entertaining. The hostess need not be timid and can jokingly note the sculpture looks like a puppy, goat, or a parakeet.

Game preparation:

It’s easy to set up. You’ll need an equal size lump of PlayDough for each of your guests. The 6-pack variety packs are ideal. Having multiple colors of dough will liven up the sculptures during the judging part of the competition. If PlayDough isn’t your thing, one might consider using Crayola modeling clay. This also comes in a variety of colors. Your guests will appreciate having a damp cloth or wet naps to clean their hands after their sculpture session.

Suggested prizes:

You might want to consider a gag gift for this game. Obtain an old sculpture or lawn ornament from a yard sale or a thrift shop. The uglier, the better. Your winning artist will certainly appreciate another sculptor’s work.

My thoughts:

Your guests will desperately want to create a beautiful sculpture in honor of the newborn. Even the best intentions can be foiled by that pesky lump of PlayDough. Everyone will remember the game where they had to enter their masterpieces in the baby sculpture contest!

 

Decorate Your Flip Flops

Creating a pair of flip flops is an activity that creates a long-lasting camaraderie with all your attendees.

Everyone loves a great pair of flip flops! This activity has your guests create a pair like no other. Each guest decorates a pair of their flops as a shower activity. These finished sandals will bond family and friends every time they are worn. This activity is central to the flip flop baby shower theme.

Instructions:
Give each guest a pair of flip flop slippers in their size. Guests gather around a large table and decorate their sandals with beads, glitter, and puffy paint.
Activity preparation:

Purchase quality flip-flops for each of your party guests. Buy beads, glitter, puffy paint (fluorescent and metallic) and plastic flowers to adhere to the sandals. Have a couple of hot glue guns on hand to assist your guests.

Suggested prizes:

You can reward the creator of the best pair of flip flops. A beach bag would make a great prize.

My thoughts:

Resist the temptation to buy many colors of flip flops. Having just one base color will allow you to specialize with a group of coordinated colors best suited for you sandal!

 

Baby Journal

This game will make great memories. It’s an activity that creates a special memory for the newborn baby. Each guest writes their best wishes and thoughts to the baby in a baby journal.

Instructions:
We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves when we were newborns. Perhaps we were being held by a long passed grandparent or our favorite aunt when she had a funny hairdo. Connecting to those bygone days is great. It helps create a connection from the baby shower to a later time in the child’s life. Each guest is asked to write a special message in a baby journal. The guest can write the note at any stage during the party. Near the end of the party, the book is given to the expectant mother for her to read out loud to the other guests.
Game preparation:

The hostess will need a journal and a fine-tipped pen for this activity. Take great care in choosing a journal, for this book is certain to be a cherished keepsake. Great looking journals can be picked up at paper stores, party stores, or larger bookstores.

The hostess may want to appoint one person to take a picture of each guest as they are writing in the journal. Once developed, these pictures can adhere to the journal. You will want to alternate placing a picture on the top of a page and then at the bottom of a page. Putting all the pictures on the same page will cause the journal to be much disproportionately thicker in that location. Before guests signing the book, you will need to go in and mark on each page where the picture is to adhere.

Suggested prizes:

No prizes apply to this game, but it’s always a good time for refreshments!

My thoughts:

Imagine the enjoyment the baby will have when they read these messages at a later date in their life. Your guests are about to create a cherished keepsake when you create a baby journal.

 

Baby Shower Scrapbook Activity

Guests create scrapbook pages for the expectant mother.

About the activity:

Sometime during the shower, guests gather around, and each creates a personalized page for a scrapbook. Each person’s page is based on the guest’s relationship with the mother. Guests may include special advice, poems or wishful thoughts on their page.

Game preparation:

Give each guest a blank scrapbook page. Provide colored pencils, markers, and appliques so guests can personalize their pages. The pages are assembled into a scrapbook and presented to the mother-to-be.

Variations:

Have a disposable camera at the shower for guests to take pictures. The pictures can later be added to the scrapbook.

My thoughts:

A hostess need remember the success of the ‘baby shower scrapbook’ activity resides in the appearance of the finished scrapbook. Make sure all your design elements match. Allowing some guests to use neon colored markers while others do chalk sketchings could create something not-so-appealing.

 

Baby Toy Hunt

Can it be possible guests will play a game without even knowing it? That’s what happens when you play the baby toy hunting game.

Guests might notice a rubber duck seeming a bit out of place. Mention the poorly hidden duck and you’re a winner!

Instructions:
Place a toy or another object somewhere conspicuously on your party grounds. The first guest to mention the oddly placed toy wins a prize!

You’ll be surprised. Many of your guests will have heard of the game and will realize the hidden toy will make them a winner!

Preparation:

Pick up a toy or item within the theme of your shower. Find a conspicuous place to put your toy. The place should be one where someone would have had to try to put the toy knowingly. A few of our favorite places are in a plant, on top of a curtain rod or the blade of a ceiling fan.

Variations:

The alternative to this game is to tell guests a toy has been hidden and have them hunt for it. You’ll need to be more creative when finding your hiding spot!

Suggested prizes:

For most showers, the hidden toy could be your reward. A basket of chocolates could be hidden for those throwing a gift basket shower theme.

My thoughts:

The honoree and hostess will enjoy this game more than anyone else. It’ll be a whole lot of fun to see who notices the toy and who says something about it.

 

Baby Shower Cakewalk

Take a walk to win a delicious cake. See who tastes victory when you play the cakewalk game.

The cakewalk isn’t or church bazaars or fairs anymore. Bring the fun to your shower!

Instructions:
Guests walk in a circle to the sound of a baby lullaby or children’s song. Around the circle are numbered cards for each guest. The music stops, and each guest stands by a numbered card. The honoree draws a number from a hat. The guest standing by the corresponding number wins a cake!
Preparation:

You’ll need an index card for every guest present for the cakewalk. Write different numbers for every index card and place the cards in your circle (on chairs or a wall). Write corresponding numbers on slips of paper. And of course, you’ll need a cake for this activity!

Variations:

Ornately decorate cupcakes and have many winners! Provide small boxes to protect these little treasures.

Suggested prizes:

The cake is the prize for this game. You can frost the cake in the theme of the party.

My thoughts:

Does great-grandmother Harriet want to contribute to the party planning? Let her bake the cake for the cakewalk!

 

Unwrap The Gift Game

Guests will love unwrapping this gift over and over and over again!

Wow! How many layers of gift wrap are on this prize?

Instructions:
The host wraps a prize in a small box. This box is then covered with multiple layers of gift wrap and placed in a larger box, and so on. The game is played by one guest unwrapping the outermost layer. The gift is passed to the next guest for them to uncover a layer, and so on until the gift is finally revealed. The guest opening the actual prize is the winner!
Preparation:

Start by wrapping the gift in a small box. Keep wrapping this box with layers of gift wrap, occasionally putting the prize in a larger box. Keep wrapping! How many layers depends on how many guests are expected.

Suggested prizes:

A small item such as a gift card would make a perfect prize.

My thoughts:

This game is a great fit for a surprise baby shower.

 

Baby Shower Guest Game

Mix and mingle your way to victory when playing this icebreaking shower game.

Part icebreaker, part game. All fun!

Instructions:
List icebreaking questions on a sheet of paper. Distribute the lists to guests as they arrive. Guests interact with others to fill out the sheet. The one completing the most questions wins this shower game! Or award a prize to any guest completing their list.
Preparation:

Make a list of personal attributes which guests may share. Examples include:

  • Has the same shoe size as me
  • Was born in the same decade as me
  • Has traveled overseas
  • Likes wine
  • Speaks another language

Allow 5 to 10 minutes for the guests to mingle, chat and fill out their lists.

Suggested prizes:

Since many guests will likely complete their list, award small prizes such as individual bags of coffee beans.

My thoughts:

There’s a hidden motive behind this game. The object of this activity is to have guests find out interesting things about other guests.

 

Guess That Diaper Smell

Put your olfactory senses to the test with this entertaining game.

The mom-to-be will soon learn what baby’s diaper smells like. Make fun out of the situation with this amusing game.

Instructions:
Baby diapers containing different scented substances are passed around, as guests try to guess what each scent is. Or put a scented diaper on many baby dolls, so guests bury their nose in a baby’s bottom!
Preparation:

Gather a desired number of diapers (we suggest 6 or more) and the same number of scents. Great scents include:

  • Vanilla extract
  • Root beer
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Windex or another glass cleaner
  • Your favorite perfume

Put a drop or two of the scented liquid on each diaper. Allow to dry.

Variations:

You can also play this game using fragrance strips. Dab scents on these strips and allow time to dry.

Suggested prizes:

Since this game is all about the sense of smell, award the winning guest with a scented candle, lotion or incense.

My thoughts:

Are you throwing a baby diaper themed shower? You’ve found the perfect game!

 

Pass The Baby Bottle

Passing a baby bottle gets complicated. Your guests will love this fun shower game.

Instructions:
The object of this game is to pass a baby bottle around a circle without using hands. Guests must hold the bottle under their chins as they pass it. If the bottle is dropped in passing, that guest is out. Last one standing wins.
Preparation:

Simply get a plastic baby bottle.

Variations:

Is passing the baby bottle from chin to chin a bit much for your crowd? Another option is to pass the baby bottle between the knees. At a couples baby shower, have couples be a team, and they pass back and forth ten times.

Suggested prizes:

Award the winning guest with a small basket of fresh fruits; apples, oranges, pears, and grapefruit.

My thoughts:

When guests get a real close-up view of their friends, funny things might happen. Laughs guaranteed!

 

Baby Bottle Ring Toss

Easily played by young and old, the classic ‘ring toss game’ is done up baby shower style.

Instructions:
Ring toss is a game everyone has enjoyed some time in their childhood. Ringtoss substitutes baby bottles for glass bottles and bottle lids for rings. Young and old can participate in the baby bottle ring toss game.
Preparation:

Gather several baby bottles. Remove nipples and covers. Place the lidless bottles in a grid (we suggest using four rows of 4) in a small container (like a plastic tub.) Have guests stand a few feet from the container and attempt to throw lids onto the bottles.

Variations:

A slightly easier alternative is to throw baby bottle lids into a container without bottles in it. Guests should stand much farther away from the container than in the first example.

Suggested prizes:

Present the mother with the baby bottles. Award the winner of the game with a pair of hoop earrings or bracelets or any other ring-shaped prize!

My thoughts:

It will get your guests up, moving and interacting. Add some music, serve some fruity drinks, and this game will be a hit.

 

Crazy Baby Advice Game

Mom-to-be and father-to-be need advice about childcare. You can put an odd twist on some traditional advice.

Instructions:
Distribute note cards to each guest. Guests write down a common question new parents might have. Examples include “how do I burp a baby” or “what should I feed the baby?”

The cards are flipped, so the blank side is facing up. Guests then exchange cards. Once cards are exchanged, guests write the answer to the initial question on the blank side of the new card. Guest read the question and answer on their respective cards.

Plenty of ‘interesting’ advice will be created. One card may ask “how do you breastfeed?” and the same card will answer “when the diaper is full of pee.”

Preparation:

Just gather note cards and pencils. Give guests some examples of questions and answers.

Variations:

Have the mother-to-be read all questions and answers.

Suggested prizes:

The question and answer theme for the game will yield funny and very inaccurate baby care advice. To counteract the circumstances, award guests with inspirational books or poetry.

My thoughts:

The mother-to-be will run for the door when she “learns” this advice that goes against everything she thought she knew about babies!

 

Hot Baby Game

Don’t be caught holding the tot when the time’s up.

Instructions:
Everyone will love this twist on a hot potato. Shower guests pass a doll around in a circle. Hot baby!
Game preparation:

This game is especially good if the mother is expecting multiples. Gather as many dolls as the mother is often. Have guests make a circle and pass the baby around.

Accompany the passing of the baby with music. Have someone control the music. When the music stops, the guests with the baby are out. The last person standing is the winner.

Suggested prizes:

If you want to stick with the potato theme, award your winning guest with a frozen box of potato skins. Odd, but useful!

My thoughts:

Getting guests up and active will make it more fun for everyone.

 

Jellybean Guessing Game

Are there 104 beans in the jar? Or are there 452 beans? Friends and family take their best guesses when playing the jelly bean guessing game.

Instructions:
Fill a jar with jelly beans (or other small candy) and prominently display at your shower. Each guest guesses how many beans are in the jar. Everyone writes their opinions on a slip of paper and place in an envelope.

Near the end of the shower, read the guesses one by one. Whoever has the closest guess goes home with the jar of jelly beans!

Preparation:

A hostess will need to buy jelly beans, a glass jar, slips of paper and a pencil. Before the shower, you will need to count the jelly beans and place in the jar. Remember to have the final tally with you at the shower.

Variations:

Cover the jar of jelly beans in wrapping paper and have your guests use the jar’s weight to guess some beans. The estimates will become much more varied!

Suggested prizes:

The jar of jelly beans is the prize.

My thoughts:

This classic game proves to be a great ice breaker. Your guests will ask each other how many beans they guessed.

 

Jar Guessing Game

This classic jar guessing game takes on a twist.

Instructions:
Fill a large glass jar with useful baby supplies for the mother to use when the baby arrives. Have guests guess how many total supplies are in the jar. The one who guesses the closest without going over wins!
Game preparation:

Fill a large glass jar with any combination of the following items:

  • Diaper pins
  • Q-tips
  • Pacifiers
  • Bibs
  • Mini baby oils, lotions, wash and shampoo
  • Mini books
  • Teething rings
  • Other small useful items
Suggested prizes:

Present the jar filled with baby items to the mother. Award the winning guest with a beautiful box of chocolates. (Maybe she’ll share!)

My thoughts:

Will your guests be coming and going? Play this game at our drop in a baby shower or sip and see theme.

 
 

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Alexandra Peterson

Alexandra is a writer and a volunteer actress for a local amateur theater based in Seattle, WA. Her mission is to complete as many different volunteer activities as possible. Alexandra’s specializations include volunteering non-profits, the entertainment industry, eating yummy vegetarian stuff, and all things green including spinach.

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