10 Fun and Easy Games to Play during Baby Showers

10 Fun and Easy Games to Play during Baby Showers

Congratulations, you’re going to be a parent soon! Or at least your friend is. Baby showers celebrate the coming of a new life, which is an incredibly joyous, awe-inspiring event. It’s only right to celebrate it with smiles and laughter, along with your closest people.

Playing games is a great way to add fun and excitement to the party. If you’re throwing a baby shower soon, here’s a list of some of the most entertaining games you can play to make the event more merry and memorable.

Baby Shower Bingo

Bingo is a popular game that’s played with a big- or medium-size group. It’s a versatile and fun game that can add a dash of competition and anticipation to liven up the party. For the baby-shower bingo, you can replace the numbers in the card with baby-related items and prepare a small prize to reward the winner.

Materials to Use

Bingo cards

Chalks

List of bingo items or drawing cards

Box or jar

How to Play

  1. Prepare baby-shower bingo cards. You can find bingo card templates online or create your own. Instead of numbers, the squares in the card will have different baby-related items in it—clothing, toys, baby toiletries.
  2. Make a master list of all the words written in the bingo cards. Write them in small sticky notes, roll them, and place them inside a jar or box. You can also use drawing cards with labels for this.
  3. Give each guest one or two bingo cards.
  4. Draw a paper or drawing card for the jar or box. Read the name aloud, and show the drawing to the guests. Give them time to look for the item in their bingo card.
  5. The guest who first completes/marks off a full row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) and yells “Bingo!” wins a prize. You can play this game for several rounds.
  6. Alternatively, the winner can be whoever is the first to completely mark off all words on their bingo card and yells “Bingo!”

Celebrity Baby Trivia

Celebrity babies are just as famous as their superstar parents. Test your guests’ celebrity knowledge by playing a round of celebrity baby trivia. Now, you have an excuse to gush over cute and famous babies.

Materials

Small blackboard or whiteboard

Chalks or whiteboard markers

Pictures of celebrity babies

Projector or TV (optional)

How to Play

  1. Research pictures of celebrity babies. You can print them on A4 or bigger cards. Alternately, you can just save them on your computer or portable drive.
  2. During the game, divide the guests in groups of three or five. Give each group a board and chalk or marker.
  3. Show or flash a picture of the celebrity baby. Each group must guest whose baby is in the picture and write the name of the baby’s celebrity parent on the board within 30 seconds or less. Then wait for the go signal to raise their board.
  4. The group who has the most right answers wins the game and receives a prize.

Complete the Nursery Rhyme

Every person has listened to or sung along nursery rhymes at some point in their lives. It’s how most people first learned about twinkling stars in the sky and all the animals you can find on a farm. With that said, test your adult guests’ memory of favorite nursery rhymes in a game of completing the lyrics.

Materials

Playlist of nursery rhymes (optional if you can sing well)

Copy of nursery-rhyme lyrics

Microphone

Speakers

How to Play

  1. Create a playlist of nursery rhymes. You don’t have to prepare this if you can sing well.
  2. Play a part of the song. Alternatively, you can sing the nursery rhyme so you don’t have to keep searching for the part you want to play. But if you’re not vocally gifted, you can ask a talented friend to do the singing for you.
  3. Let a guest sing the next part of the rhyme. They have to get all the words right for their answer to be accepted. (You can consult your copy of the lyrics to see if they answered right.)
  4. If they can’t guess the next part right, call another person to answer.
  5. Give a small prize to anyone who fills in the correct nursery rhyme lyrics.

Dirty Diapers

Here’s a slightly gross way of injecting fun in your baby shower. Dirty diapers is a game where you guess what’s in those “dirty diapers.” And no, it’s not the number two. Don’t worry about the diapers you used. You’re likely to get more if you enclose a diaper raffle ticket in your baby-shower invitations.

Materials

Clean diapers

Melted chocolate of different brands

Paper

Pencil or pen

How to Play

  1. Buy several chocolates of different popular brands—Hershey’s, Toblerone, Cadbury, Lindt, etc.
  2. Melt the chocolates, and place them in different containers. Make sure you can identify each brand of chocolate.
  3. Prepare five or more clean diapers on a table. Write a number or letter on the diapers to differentiate them.
  4. Pour the melted chocolates on the diapers. Make a list of which diaper has which brand of chocolate. Do all this away from the view of your guests or before they arrive.
  5. During the game, give each of your guests a piece of paper and a pencil or pen.
  6. Let them take turns to examine and taste test the “poop” in the diapers and guess which brand of chocolate is in it.
  7. After everyone has had their turn, you can then reveal which chocolate brand is in the diapers.
  8. In the spirit of the game, reward the winner with different kinds of chocolate of bars.

Don’t Say “Baby”

The name says it all. The goal of this game is not to say the word baby during the baby shower.

Materials

Diaper pins or badges

How to Play

  1. Give each guest a diaper pin or badge, and ask them to wear it on their clothes as soon as they arrive.
  2. Once all the guests have arrived, make an announcement that everyone who has a pin or badge can’t say the word baby, starting that moment and until the end of the baby shower.
  3. If someone says the forbidden word, the person who catches them can get their pin or badge.
  4. The aim of this game is to keep your pin or badge and collect as many as you can. The person who has the most number of pins at the end of the game wins and receives a prize.

Onesie Fashion Show

Every person has their own sense of style. Some will make you admire theirs, and some will make you question their fashion sense. Here’s a chance to see if you can trust your guests, who are probably your family and friends, to dress up your baby in the future.

Materials

Baby dolls

Plain onesies

Glue

Double-sided tape

Scissors

Colorful markers

Printed patterns (e.g., animals, flowers, cartoons, etc.)

Craft decorations (e.g., beads, glitters, ribbons, laces, etc.)

How to Play

  1. Prepare the materials on a large table or several smaller tables. Divide them into sets of five or more.
  2. Divide your guests into groups of five of more. If you don’t want to prepare too many materials, you can to limit the number of groups to fewer than ten.
  3. Each group gets one baby doll, onesie, and a set of craft supplies.
  4. They have to use the materials to decorate the onesie and dress their “baby.” Set a time limit of 10 to 20 minutes for the group to style their babies.
  5. You can then have a baby fashion show after the groups have finished styling their babies.
  6. The group with the most stylish baby wins the competition. Appoint a set of unbiased judges before the game to decide the winner.

Guess the Baby

How well do you and your family and friends know one another? Here’s a chance to know the answer. Guess the Baby is game where everyone guesses what each person looked like when they were still in their nappies.

Materials

Your guests’ baby pictures

Sticky notes

How to Play

  1. Ask your guests to bring their baby pictures on the day of the baby shower. You can note it in the invitations or send an email to all your guests.
  2. Send another email or message on the day of the event to remind them about the baby picture so they don’t forget. Alternatively, you can just ask them to send a copy of their baby pictures via email.
  3. Collect the baby pictures at the start of the baby shower, or print the soft copies that were sent to you.
  4. Arrange the baby pictures on the wall or board, and label each with a number or letter. Tell them the pictures on the wall are the baby pictures you collected from them.
  5. Prepare sticky notes with your guests’ names written on them.
  6. The players must guess whose baby pictures are on the wall. Ask volunteers to stick the name of the guest whom they think is the baby in the picture. Owners are not allowed to guess their own pictures or tell anyone it’s theirs.
  7. You can do the big reveal after everybody has guessed.

What’s That “Baby” Tune?

The word baby is used to describe a tiny human who’s not yet a child or an adult, but the term is also used as an endearment for a loved one. As such, it’s used in many songs to refer to a lover or a person whom one is attracted to. In this game, you’ll find out just how often baby is used by your favorite (and not-so-favorite) singers to sing about their sweethearts.

Materials

A playlist of every song that has baby in the lyrics

Speakers

Blackboard or whiteboard

Chalk or marker

How to Play

  1. Create a playlist of every relatively well-known song that has baby in the lyrics. If you have the time and patience, you can trim the audio to the part that says baby.
  2. Group your guests into five or more teams with at least five members. Give each group one board and chalk or marker each.
  3. Play a part of the song. Give the groups 30 seconds or so to write the title of the song on the board. Then wait for the go signal to raise their board.
  4. The group that has the most number of correct guesses wins the game.

What’s the Baby Animal?

Test your general-science knowledge in a game of What’s the Baby Animal? See if you still know what’s a joey, fawn, or puggle.

Materials

Pictures of baby animals

Blackboard or whiteboard

Chalk or marker

How to Play

  1. Prepare pictures of baby animals.
  2. Group your guests into five or more teams.
  3. Show the baby-animal pictures one at a time, and ask each group guess what they’re called.
  4. Let them write their answer on the board and wait for the go signal to raise their answer.
  5. The group with the most correct answers wins the game and a prize.

The Price Is Right

How much does it cost to raise a baby? Here’s a game you can play to get a rough idea of the price of raising a tiny human.

Materials

Baby items

Price tags

How to Play

  1. Prepare different baby items and their tags with the actual price of the items on a table.
  2. Let the guest take a look at the items and tags.
  3. Ask volunteers to put a price on each item.

Enjoy the Party!

A baby shower isn’t complete without fun and games. It’s a happy occasion, and you’re welcoming a new member in your family. It’s only right to surround yourself with your important people and merriment. With a little competition and a lot of excitement, there won’t be a dull moment during your baby shower.

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