Get ready to play your shower games by preparing prizes for the "winners" - or even the losers if they have distinguished themselves in some way!
For each of these ideas, I've listed the name of the game, the aim of the game and how to organize your players below.
You'll find a whole bundle of stuff to keep all your guests happy!
All you have to do is check through the list of games, pick out a couple that would suit your guest mix - print out a couple of them if you like - and you will be totally prepared - have fun ;)
Off we go - starting with a fiendish printable to keep everyone busy:
Aim of the game: Match up baby names to origins and meanings.
For groups or pairs.
Hand out a list of 10 names from around the world. You could either have a list pinned up of the origins and meanings (all jumbled of course), or jumble them in boxes on your list.
The aim is to match the names to their origin, and guess the meaning of each name.
One point for each correctly matched origin, another point for each correctly matched meaning. The shower team/pair with the highest score wins!
If you liked that download, you'll find all my printables here - or check out my next game... can you remember those nursery rhymes?
Aim of the game: to identify the nursery rhyme.
The more in each team the merrier!
Give each team a list of initial letters taken from the words in the first line of nursery rhymes. For example: BBBS.
In this game, the teams have to guess what each nursery rhyme is. Answer? Baa Baa Black Sheep of course! Make sure you write the initial of every single word in that first line.
Download Rhyme Initials - answers are provided ;)
Do the first one together as an example, and set a time limit. The winners are the team with the most correct answers.
If you'd like to play a more active nursery rhyme game, the next one is for you:
Aim: testing the teams' knowledge of nursery rhymes.
Two teams for this.
Call out the name of a nursery rhyme to the first team. They must recite/sing the rhyme as a group! If they can't get to the end, no score!
The winners are the ones whose knowledge in this subject is second to none! A free baby shower games favorite!
Aim: to put new words to old tunes.
Played in teams.
This is my choice for one of the most hilarious free baby showers games on this page...!
Ask each team to think of a popular song. Then tell them they have to put their own words to the song to create a baby themed smash hit!
Each group sings their song - just one verse will do! - and everybody can vote for their favorite.
Got some toy instruments? Why not put on a show?
Aim of the game: to guess who was born on a certain date.
Two teams needed.
Each team takes it in turn to contribute a victim to perform the charade for their own team to guess.
Prepare a list of famous people and their birth dates. For example: Harry Houdini, March 24 1874.
Tell the teams the birth date. Then let only the volunteer see the name of the person born on that date. They then have to perform a charade for their team to guess who it is. The date should give a bit of a clue, and if you choose very well known people, with interesting occupations or achievements, there might even be some correct guesses!
If the volunteer's team can't guess the answer, the opposing team has a turn to guess. The winner? Well, perhaps everyone should vote for the best performed charade!
Some ideas for you here:
Mel Gibson: January 3 1956
Queen Elizabeth II: April 21 1926
Madonna: August 16 1958
John Travolta: February 8 1954
Barack Obama: August 4 1961
Nostradamus: December 14 1503
Rembrandt July 15 1606
Justin Bieber: March 1 1994
Beyonce: September 4 1981
Oprah Winfrey: January 29 1954
Daniel Craig (James Bond!!!): March 2 1968
Harrison Ford: July 14 1942
William Shakespeare: April 23 1564
Christopher Columbus: 1451
John Lennon: October 9 1940
Martin Luther King Jr: January 15 1929
Henry VIII (the one with the six wives) : June 28 1491
Aim: to guess what baby activity is being acted out.
Two teams again.
Same rules as for the Famous Birthday Charade above.
This time, the volunteer will be shown a short description of a baby-related activity. They must act it out.
Here, the fun doesn't come from "guessing" the correct answer - more from watching the victim! Much more fun if the men have to play the charades!
Aim of the game: to write a baby poem using word cues
Small groups or pairs.
Write a selection of baby-related words on small pieces of card. Make enough so that each group/pair has four or five words. Put the cards in a hat and let the teams pick out their words.
See my Baby Shower Poem printable for ideas.
They must then prepare a short poem, possibly one that has to rhyme, using the words on the cards in any order. Set a time limit, then at the end, get each team to read out the poem they wrote.
The poems can be kept for wonderful shower memories! Tailor your selection of words to the gathered company. Use the "aaaahhhhh...." factor if you like, or add a lot of crazy, humorous words to the hat!
The winner? How about a pen as a prize?
Aim: to see who can remember the answers to a set of questions.
Small teams or individually.
Each guest has a blank sheet of paper to write their answers. First of all, read out a list of five questions slowly. Nobody can write the answers until the questions have finished.
Then they can write down the correct answers in order. The teams with correct answers go on to the next round, where six questions are read out.
If there are winners here, then the last round can have seven or eight questions. This should weed out the forgetful ones!
Questions can be baby shower related, or mixed with other general knowledge topics. For brainy guests, prepare harder - or more - questions!
Aim of the game: Guess the baby item.
This can be played in twos, just against each other, or in small groups.
Prepare two lists of words. Each list could have five items on it.
First player - list A: bottle, baby gym, safety pin, pacifier, mobile
Second player - list B: milk, stroller, car seat, monitor, diaper, crib bumper
The first player has to guess the other player's first word by asking no more than twenty questions. Yes or no answers only!
Then swap roles, with the second player trying to guess the first player's word. Keep a running score of each game.
The winner is the player who either guessed the most words or asked the least questions. By which time they'll be ready for...
Aim of the game: identify and memorize the contents of a box.
Fill a box with baby shower related items. Feeding equipment, baby socks, pacifier, cotton wool... or even other items too, depending on your audience!
Cover the box to hide the contents. Without looking, players have to feel the items in the box and try and remember them.
When everyone has had a go, sing two nursery rhymes. Then get the players to list the items in the box. The player with the longest list wins. You could present the baby shower items in the box to Mom!
Sit the guests in a circle. Give one of them a teddy, or doll, or breast pump... whatever! Tell the person with the teddy to call out... five baby names beginning with "S".
That guest must then pass the teddy around the circle, calling out the names by the time the teddy arrives back to them. Tailor the number of items to be named to the size of the group.
If the player doesn't succeed, it's their turn to stand outside the group and start the next round. For those who call out the answers successfully, there could be a prize. A kiss from Mom perhaps?
Aim: to create a silly story!
Give each guest a sheet of paper. Pin up a list of cues for each part of the game: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY?
"WHO" could start off being "Baby" or "Mommy". Each person fills in the first part with a name, then folds the paper over. The papers are then passed along to the next person, who fills in the "WHAT" section, folds the paper over and passes it on.
All consequences should be baby shower related! After the last section is finished, the consequences can be opened and read out!
Aim: to transfer as many cotton balls from one bucket into another - while blindfolded!
Volunteers needed for this.
Take two buckets. Fill the first with cotton balls. Put the second bucket a couple of steps away from the first. Blindfold the volunteer, spin them round and stand them in front of the bucket.
Give them a large serving spoon or ladle. They then have to try and spoon as many cotton balls from one bucket into another. They're so light they won't know what they are transferring!
For more laughs, swap the buckets over and enjoy the fun!
Aim: to unjumble the words in the shortest time.
Good for small groups, pairs or individuals.
Jumble up the letters of baby names, baby equipment or pregnancy related words. The first team to unjumble all the words correctly wins.
See my free baby shower games printable: Baby Shower Jumble!
You can either hand out a prepared sheet with the alphabet going down the side or get the guests to note down the letters themselves.
Check out my A to Z Conundrum printable.
Then explain that they must think of animals, names, or baby shower related words that start with each letter of the alphabet.
The first team to finish win yet again!
The treasure being baby in Mommy's tummy...
Aim: to guess Mommy's wonderful waist size.
Using toilet paper or ribbon, get each guest to measure out how much paper/ribbon they think is needed to fit around Mom's tum.
Then take the official toilet paper/ribbon measurement and compare it to what the guests thought. The length of ribbon or paper that is closest wins.
Aim: to guess who the babies in the photos are.
Collect baby photos from invited guests before the baby shower. Arrange and number them, but don't write on the photos! The guests have to guess who the babies are - Granny or Uncle Tom? The winner is she or he who guesses the most correctly.
Aim: to feed your partner a jar of baby food in a race.
Brave volunteers in pairs needed here.
Give each pair a large bib, a jar of food and a spoon. One person is the parent, the other the baby. 3-2-1... GO!
The parent must feed the baby the contents of the jar with the spoon. The winners are the ones who finish first. Good fun if the "babies" spit and dribble...
You could also do this with prepared baby bottles of pop or juice... or their preferred party beverage!
Aim: test imagination and invention.
Played in teams.
Just a sheet of paper and a pencil needed for this one. Get each team to write a list of 20 things that could be done with... wipes, a breast pump, cotton buds, breast pads, baby socks.
First to finish win. It's good fun asking for the most unusual uses!
This one's not so much a game as a lovely activity to finish the baby shower.
Ask guests to think of one thing they would wish for the baby and parents. Give them a minute or two to think about it. All that feel comfortable about sharing their thought can then contribute. Best for a group of people who know each other well and are not shy.