Does anyone really like baby shower games? I mean who likes guessing which appetizingly green-colored puree is green beans and which is peas?
The women without children are left feeling at a disadvantage and the moms who have been splattered with both flavors would rather not get that close again.
And don’t get me started on guessing which candy bar is disguised as poop in the diaper. Who came up with these things and why do people continue to perpetuate the insanity?
Okay, so maybe my disdain for baby shower games is thinly veiled and I shouldn’t sound so snarky. Go ahead and include those games if you like, but let me at least offer a few ideas that even anti-game guests, such as myself, will truly take pleasure in.
10 Fun Baby Shower Games That Everyone Will Enjoy
1. Wishes for Baby
How to play: Download this free printable and let guests write down sweet notes for the baby. A perfect laid back activity that doesn’t require a lot of effort.
2. Advice for the Mom-to-be
How to play: Supply cute paper for guests to write their best piece of advice for the new mommy and bind it together with a ribbon. I still get mine out from time to time and enjoy reminiscing.
3. Don’t Say Baby!
How to play: Give everyone a diaper pin or clothes pin upon arrival with the instructions to not say the word “baby.” When someone says the forbidden word, whoever heard them may take their pin. This could be played as people are arriving, mingling and eating food. Before everyone settles in to open the gifts, determine the guest with the most pins and declare them the winner.
4. Baby Shower Price is Right
How to play: Buy 10 traditional baby items, such as wipes and diaper cream, and write the corresponding prices on note cards. Have items listed on paper and have guests determine the correct price for each item. The player with the most correct prices wins a prize.
5. Baby Bingo
How to play: Download this free printable and have guests fill in the blanks with the gifts they predict the mom-to-be will open. As she opens the gifts the guests cross them out on the game board. The first one with five in a row calls out “Bingo!” and wins a prize.
6. Children’s Book Quiz:
How to play: To go along with your children’s book theme baby shower, write a quiz about classic children’s books from the name of the gardener in The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the name of the main character in A Little Princess.
7. Name the Nursery Rhyme
How to play: Before the party, type out lines from several nursery rhymes and make enough copies for each guest. See who knows their childhood nursery rhymes best.
8. How Old Was She?
How to play: Have the guest of honor round up childhood pictures of herself at various ages. Have the guests guess her age in each picture and the one who gets the most correct wins.
Creative and Artistic Activities
9. Baby’s First Portrait
How to play: Guests hold a paper plate on their forehead and draw a picture of what the coming baby will look like and the mom-to-be chooses her favorite rendition.
10. Homemade ABC Blocks/Book
How to play: Purchase plain wood blocks from a craft store or print out this free printable and have guests decorate with sharpies or markers. They will become a beloved keepsake and memory from dear friends.
Games don’t have to be the part of the party that some guests dread. Any one of these games or activities will get everyone into the party spirit and create wonderful memories for the mommy-to-be.
Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.