baby shower games

Celebrating the impending arrival of a baby is a great reason for the friends, family, and colleagues of the mum-to-be to get together. If you’re organising a baby shower and looking for some unique games to ensure everyone has a fun time, check out our traditional and modern baby shower game ideas to make it an event to remember.

Some of these ideas might also help you choose your party's personality, but they’re all great no matter what the theme of the shower.

Click on a game type below for some fun, creative baby shower game ideas and handy printable resources to make preparing a breeze.

Icebreaker Games

1. Guess Who?

What you'll need:

  • Baby photo of each guest, numbered

  • Numbered blank list for each guest

  • Pen or pencil for each guest

How to play: When planning a baby shower one of the first things you’ll need to do is send an invitation to all the guests. With this game, when you send the invitations out, ask everyone to bring a baby photo of themselves.

If most of the guests know each other quite well, you could ask them to bring pictures that the others might not have seen before.

Collect all the photos at the beginning of the shower. Later on, display the pictures around the party room with a number attached to each one. Distribute numbered, blank lists, and invite each guest to guess who is pictured in each photo.

This game is great because it will get people mingling and talking about how cute everyone was.

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2. Fishing for Dummies

What you'll need:

  • Large plastic tub or baby bath

  • 10-15 dummies

  • Prizes (optional)

How to play: To have some splashy fun with this baby shower game, fill a large tub – or a baby bath, if you happen to have one – with water, and place it in the kitchen or outside. Make some ‘fishing rods’ out of some bamboo canes, string and some non-sharp hooks (you can bend these out of paperclips or stiff wire if you have some lying around).

Fill the tub with the dummies, and let the guests try their luck at fishing for them by catching the dummy’s ring with their hook on the end of the string.

If you want, you can buy some small prizes and number them, and have the dummies numbered, too.

Afterwards, carefully wash and sterilise the dummies, place them in a box with a ribbon and give them to the mum-to-be.

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3. Find the Guest!

What you’ll need:

  • Pen and paper for each guest

  • Computer and printer, or photocopier

How to play: Before the party, look through your list of guests and make a note of any fun facts about each guest. You can ask around for tips, if you don’t know some of the guests that well. Then, type up a list of the facts without saying who each fact belongs to. Print copies of the list and leave one on each guest's seat.

When everyone arrives at your baby shower, guests will have to get to know each other quickly to find out which fact belongs to which guest. Set a timer for a few minutes then, at the end, the guest with the most correct answers wins the game.

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4. What Am I?

What you’ll need:

  • Plain note cards

  • A pen

  • Safety pin for each guest

  • Prize (optional)

How to play: Prepare for this baby shower game by making a card for each guest and writing a baby item on each card – for example, dirty nappy, dummy, cot and other baby-themed items.

As guests arrive, pin a card on their back, and have them mingle, asking one another other a series of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions to try to identify the item on their back.

After someone has correctly guessed, the card can be taken off. You can either just use this game as a quick icebreaker, or give a prize to the first person who correctly guesses what item was pinned on their back.

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5. Don’t Say Baby

What you’ll need:

  • 5 clothes pegs for each guest

How to play:

When your guests arrive, pin five clothes pegs onto each guest and offer a single instruction: Don’t say ‘baby’. Have your guests keep their ears open, and if they hear anyone say the word ‘baby,’ they get to take away one of that person's clothes pegs.

The guest with the most pegs left at the end of the baby shower is the winner. This simple baby shower game is fun, and it encourages guests to interact in an interesting way. Also, the mum-to-be might get some inspiration on cute nicknames to call her little one.

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Funny Baby Shower Games

6. Because I Said So!

What you'll need:

  • Pen and slip of paper for each guest

  • Bowl

How to play: Ask guests to write down a saying or piece of advice that they associate with their mum or dad on a slip of paper. The sayings should be short, for example: ‘Watching too much telly will give you square eyes’, ‘It costs nothing to smile!’ or ‘Never eat cheese before going to bed’.

Then, put all the slips in a bowl, mix them up, and let everyone draw one (making sure no one draws her own saying). Have fun guessing who wrote each saying and whether she would say it to her own child.

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7. Don't Drop the (Egg) Baby

What you'll need:

  • 1 egg (hardboiled) for each guest

  • Paints, food colouring, markers, etc.

  • Wooden spoon for each guest

  • Plenty of space

  • Prize or trophy (optional)

How to play: Ask your shower guests to decorate an egg to look like a baby, using paints, food colouring, pens or other decorations. Then organise a race in which each guest carries the egg ‘baby’ on a spoon.

The spoon can be held in the hand or between the teeth, and the race can be a simple race to the finish or a relay race. Play for the first slice of cake or award a small prize or trophy to the winner.

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8. Ice, Ice Baby!

What you’ll need:

  • Ice cube tray

  • Tiny plastic babies – 1 for each guest (you can probably get these from a party store or pound shop)

How to play: For a unique baby shower game, place the plastic babies in the ice tray, pour water over them, and freeze the night before. When all the guests have arrived, put an ice cube baby in each person's drink.

Your guests will need to pay attention to the melting baby and shout ‘My waters have broken!’ (or another slogan of your choosing) when the baby completely melts out of the ice cube. The first who calls it wins.

If you’re combining the baby shower with a gender reveal party, you could modify this game by having everyone shout ‘it’s a boy!’ or ‘it’s a girl!’, depending on their guess. Later, when it’s time for the big reveal, everyone who guessed right could be first in line for a slice of cake or some other treat!

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9. Modelling Dough Babies

What you’ll need:

  • Modelling dough (purchased or homemade) in different colours

  • Modelling implements, for example, plastic knives, pencils

  • Arts and crafts supplies like glitter and pom-poms

  • Timer

How to play: Get your guests’ creative juices going with this baby shower game. Give everyone various modelling implements and a few different coloured pieces of dough and set a timer for 15 minutes.

The aim of the game is to see who can create the cutest dough baby. Make things fun by offering some arts and crafts supplies to help your guests get artistic. Of course, the mum-to-be gets to pick the winner.

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10. We’re Having a Baby!

What you’ll need:

  • Balloons, uninflated

  • Pins

How to play: For this baby shower game, split the guests up into teams of four or five and give each guest a balloon. When you say ‘go’, someone from each team must blow up the balloon and stick it under her shirt. Then, the second person must blow up a balloon and stick it under her shirt and so on until all the team members have balloons under their shirts.

Then, using a pin, the first person must pop her own balloon through her shirt, and then the second person does the same, and so on. The first team to pop all the balloons wins the game. Or, for lots of extra laughs, you can ask your guests to try to bump their ‘bellies’ against each other to burst the balloons.

If you’re planning this game, make sure you let all your guests know to wear a shirt a balloon can fit under.

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Lively Baby Shower Games

11. Nappy Change Relay Race

What you'll need:

  • 1 pack of newborn nappies per team

  • 1 packet of baby wipes per team

  • 1 baby blanket per team

  • 1 baby doll per team

How to play: For this game, assemble your baby shower guests in teams of the same number, and have each team stand in line. Each team should begin with its baby doll wearing a nappy and wrapped in a baby blanket.

When you give the word to start, the first person in line in each team changes the nappy, removing the blanket and nappy, wiping the doll's bottom with a baby wipe, putting another nappy on, and rewrapping the doll in the blanket.

Then the doll is handed to the next team member for changing, and the nappy changer goes to the back of the line. When everyone in a team has changed the doll's nappy once, that team has won.

Remember, to prepare for this game, you’ll need to know how many guests you’ll have and therefore how many teams you’ll have so you can have enough of each item on hand.

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12. Balloon Baby Twister

What you'll need:

  • Balloons

  • Twister game (mat and spinner)

How to play: Have each guest at the baby shower blow up at least one balloon and place it under her shirt to make the ‘baby’. Then play a hilariously awkward game of Twister.

You can give prizes for the most twisted pose, most balloons carried under the shirt, and the fewest popped or dropped balloons. Let the mum-to-be sit in a chair and be the referee while enjoying the fun.

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13. Hang Up the Nappy

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 packs of newborn nappies

  • Clothes pegs

  • Piece of string for each team, 2-3 metres long

How to play: Split your guests into competing teams and set up a clothesline for each team. You can either prop them up on sticks or have one or two members of each team hold the ends of the string. Set a timer for a minute or two and have them hang up as many nappies as possible. The team with the most nappies on the line wins.

Remember, to prepare for this game, you’ll need to know how many guests you’ll have and therefore how many teams you’ll have so you can have enough of each item on hand.

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Printable Baby Shower Games

Cut down on the baby shower preparation by downloading and printing the materials for some of our games here.

14. Baby Shower Bingo

What you'll need:

  • Bingo cards (with 3x3 squares)

  • Small stickers or pens

  • Prizes

How to play: This is a game of bingo that guests can play as the mum-to-be opens her baby shower gifts.

Before the party print out several copies of our baby bingo card and give one to each guest.

To play the game hand each guest a card, each filled in with a different combination of some of the baby shower gifts that the mum-to-be might be receiving.

Then, as the mum-to-be opens her gifts, guests can mark off any items received with a sticker or cross it out with a pen. Any guest who completes a row, column, or diagonal wins a prize!

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15. The Price Is Right

What you’ll need:

  • Pictures of baby gear cut from a catalogue or printed out from an online store

  • Pen and paper for each guest

  • Prizes

How to play:

Lay out the pictures of the baby gear (like a pushchair, car seat, cot, bottle and teething ring) and give each of your guests a pen and paper. You’ll need to have some details about each product and the original prices written down somewhere but make sure you don’t show these to anyone.

Pick up each picture and give a short description of it, perhaps describing things like the model, brand and features of the product, and have your guests guess how much each one costs and write down a price.

The guest to get the closest price gets a small prize. You can download and print our ‘The Price Is Right’ game here!

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16. He Said/She Said

What you’ll need:

How to play: Give copies of the questions to the mum-to-be and her partner before the baby shower and ask both of them to write down their answers. During the baby shower, give copies of the questions to all the guests, and have them use their imagination to fill in the blanks with what they think each parent-to-be might have said in answer to every question. The guest who guesses the answers closest to what was actually said wins this fun baby shower game.

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17. Wishes for Baby

What you’ll need:

How to play: Hand your guests a sheet and a pen and have them fill in the blanks with wishes and predictions about the baby’s future (for example: ‘Your parents will be proud of you because…’). Let them know they can make their answers as funny or as sentimental as they'd like.

Once finished, have people read out their answers to the first question, and vote for the best answer. The winner gets a point, and then you can move on to the next question on the list. The person with the highest score in the end wins.

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Guessing Games

18. Baby Birthday ‘Sweepstake’

What you'll need:

  • Pens and paper for each guest, or

  • 1 printed calendar of the expected birth month to pass around

How to play: This classic baby shower game is always a hit. Before getting started, ask the mum-to-be to reveal her anticipated due date. Remind everyone that only 5 percent of babies are born exactly on their due date. Then, ask each guest to predict the day and the time the baby will be born, and write their prediction on the paper or calendar.

You can promise to give a prize to each person who picks the correct day and also to the person who most closely picks the time. Don't forget to send those prizes out after the baby is born.

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19. Guess the Famous Mum

What you'll need:

  • Name tags with the names of famous mothers printed on each

How to play: Before your guests arrive, write or print the names of some famous mothers onto name tags for each guest. You could choose a category like mothers in fiction, mothers from current or classic TV shows or movies, celebrity mums or anything you wish.

When your guests arrive, attach a name tag to the back of each guest, without letting the guest see the name. Ask everyone to walk around and ask the other guests ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions to try to figure out whose name is on her back.

This game is a great icebreaker to get your baby shower warmed up, and it may help guests who aren’t acquainted find some common ground.

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20. What’s In Your Changing Bag?

What you’ll need:

  • 10 paper bags

  • 10 baby items (like a nappy, dummy, etc.)

  • Pen and paper for each guest

How to play: Before the baby shower, put a baby item into each bag, and number the bags. At the party, hand out sheets of paper and pens to each guest, then start passing the bags out one by one.

Each guest must take a guess at what they think is in each bag without opening it and write it down. Shaking and feeling the bag is allowed. After the guesses have been scribbled on the paper, ask the mum-to-be to do the great reveal. The guest with the most correct guesses is the winner, and the mum gets to keep what’s in each bag.

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21. How Old Was Mum?

What you’ll need:

  • Photos of the mum-to-be at different ages

  • Pen and paper for each guest

How to play: Arrange the pictures of the mum-to-be on a board or a table and place a number next to each picture. Ask the guests to write the numbers in the order of age and see who gets the most correct.

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Creative Baby Shower Games

22. Decorate the T-shirt

What you'll need:

  • Plain T-shirt or baby bodysuit for each guest

  • Non-toxic fabric markers or paints

How to play: Ask each guest to decorate an outfit for the new baby. If you like, have the mum-to-be relax in another room during the decorating time. When everyone’s finished, spread the finished products out on a table and ask the mum-to-be to guess which guest decorated each one.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer the mum-to-be to be with the guests the whole time, she can also decorate an outfit for her little one.

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23. Make a Baby Quilt

What you'll need:

  • Pre-cut squares of light-coloured fabric

  • Non-toxic fabric markers or paints

How to play: A baby blanket makes a great keepsake, so why not get friends and family involved in making one? Give each guest a square of fabric to decorate for the new baby. You can decorate the squares at the party, or send guests their square in advance, and ask them to bring their decorated square to the baby shower.

If you decide to do the decorating beforehand, then at the party, you can ask the group to arrange the squares (you'll need to have some extra squares, perhaps in a patterned fabric or contrasting plain colour) and make a quilt pattern.

After the baby shower you can assemble the quilt yourself (you'll need extra fabric, of course, for the back of the quilt, as well as some wadding — the ‘stuffing’ for the quilt) or send it to an expert quilter to put together. Keep in mind that this memento is intended for decoration only and shouldn't be placed in the baby’s cot or Moses basket.

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24. ABC Blocks

What you’ll need:

  • 26 blank wooden blocks (you can get these from a craft store)

  • Permanent markers

How to play: Give each guest a block (or more) and ask her to decorate each block with a different letter of the alphabet. Just make sure everyone does a different letter until you have each letter from A to Z completed. This not only lets your guests get creative, but it will make a cute keepsake for the mum-to-be and her little one.

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25. Art for Baby

What you’ll need:

  • Mini canvases or paper

  • Paint

  • Markers

  • Decorative craft supplies, like stickers or glitter

How to play: Put the arts and crafts supplies out on the table and place some old newspaper under the paintings to make cleaning up easier. Have all your guests create art for the baby’s nursery. Encourage imaginations to run wild — anything goes, from drawings to inspirational quotes or anything else your guests think would be great for the baby’s room.

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Word Games

26. Baby Anagrams

What you'll need:

  • Scrambled word lists (1 for each guest)

  • Pen or pencil for each guest

  • Timer

How to play: Choose between 10 and 20 common words associated with babies – pushchair, cradle, nappy etc. Then, make a list of these words with their letters all mixed up – achushpri, edclra, nypap.

Hand out copies of the scrambled word list to all the guests. Ask them to unscramble the letters and write down the real words as quickly as they can. Set a timer for five minutes and see who can unscramble the most words during that time.

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27. Baby Name Maker

What you'll need:

  • Pen and paper for each guest

  • Timer

How to play: Write down the names of the parents-to-be (first and last names) on a sheet of paper and distribute to each guest. Then, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes. Ask guests to see how many names for the new baby they can make using only the letters in the parents' names.

You’ll definitely get some unique combinations, but if the mum-to-be still needs inspiration, suggest the Pampers Baby Name Generator for even more ideas.

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28. Nappy Notes

What you’ll need:

  • Large box of newborn nappies

  • Different coloured permanent marker for each guest

How to play: For this simple but heart-warming baby shower game, give each guest a nappy and a marker pen and have them each write a funny quote, joke, some words of encouragement or anything creative on the back of the nappy. Then, give the box of personalised nappies to the parents-to-be for inspiration during a late-night nappy change!

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Trivia Games

29. All About Mum

What you'll need:

  • List of trivia questions

  • Notepad and pen for recording answers and results

How to play: Before the baby shower, prepare for this game by making a list of questions about the mum-to-be, with her help, of course. The questions can focus on fun facts from her babyhood/childhood, or her present life, or both. Examples of questions:

  • What time of day was she born?

  • What is the name of her first childhood pet?

  • What primary school did she go to?

  • Where did the parents-to-be meet?

At the baby shower, read the questions out loud (or ask the mum-to-be to read them), and have the guests call out the answers. Designate one person to keep score. The guest with the most correct answers wins.

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30. Firstborn Children of Famous People

What you'll need:

  • List of famous parents (copies for each guest)

  • 1 answer key

  • Pen or pencil for each guest

How to play: Think of at least 10 famous parents from history, sport, public life or pop culture. Then do some research and write down the name of the eldest child of each parent (this is your answer key).

Distribute a list of the parents' names to your guests. Ask everyone to write down the name of the eldest child next to the parent's name. See who can correctly name the greatest number of children.

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31. Nursery Rhyme Knowledge

What you’ll need:

  • Pen for each guest

  • Computer and printer, or a photocopier

  • Paper

How to play: Type out snippets from well-known nursery rhymes, but leave the end off, or leave parts of it blank, and print enough copies for your baby shower guests. When your guests arrive, distribute the worksheets and ask them to fill in the blanks of the missing nursery rhymes. Give them five minutes to complete the sheet; whoever gets the most right wins the game.

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32. Name the Baby Tune

What you’ll need:

  • A playlist of well-known baby songs

  • Pen and paper

How to play: There’s not much prep work needed for this simple baby shower game. Just press play once everyone is ready. Have the guests shout out the name of the song and make a note of who gets it right the fastest. The person who guesses the most correct answers wins the game.

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33. Do You Know Your Cartoon Babies?

What you’ll need:

  • Pen for each guest

  • A computer and printer, or a photocopier

  • Paper

How to play: Test your guests on well-known cartoon babies. Draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper and write the names of some cartoon/animated feature film mums on one side, leaving the baby side blank. An alternative is to have an image of the character instead of the name. Make copies for your guests, and hand them out at the party. Ask guests to fill in the name of the cartoon babies on the right-hand side and see who has the most correct answers.

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Nappy Games

34. What's in a Nappy?

What you'll need:

  • Variety of small baby items (socks, sun hat, thermometer, bottle, etc.)

  • 1 pack of disposable nappies

  • Tape

  • Marker

How to play: Before the shower, gather a selection of small baby items in preparation for this game. Then take some disposable nappies and tape them securely around each item so the item can't be seen. Write a number on each nappy (keep a master list of the numbers and what's in each nappy bundle).

At the baby shower, line up the nappy bundles and have guests try to guess what's inside each one by feeling it. The guest with the most correct guesses wins.

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35. Nappy Surprise

What you'll need:

  • A variety of chocolate bars

  • 1 pack of nappies

  • Pen and paper

How to play: Before your guests arrive, heat each chocolate bar in the microwave and smear the gooey mess onto a nappy, keeping track of which kind of chocolate bar goes on which nappy. It’s a good idea to choose chocolate bars that have a distinctive aroma or texture – for example, coconut, nuts, caramel, mint, etc.

After your guests arrive, have them do a ‘sniff’ test of each nappy and guess which kind of chocolate bar is on each one, writing down their guesses on a sheet of paper. The winning ‘nose’ is the one with the most correct guesses.

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36. Nappy Raffle

What you’ll need:

  • Cloakroom or raffle tickets

  • Prizes for the draw

How to play: When you invite your guests to the baby shower, ask them to bring at least one pack of nappies, letting them know that the more packs of nappies they bring, the more raffle tickets they will get to participate in the game!

At the shower, give your guests one ticket for each pack they bring, and then do a raffle draw where guests are in for the chance to win some small prizes. And, of course, the lucky parents-to-be end up with the packs of nappies.

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Preparing for Parenthood Games

37. Mummy Brain Teaser

What you'll need:

  • Basket or tray

  • At least 20 small baby-related items

  • Paper and pen for each guest

How to play: Fill a basket or tray with small, inexpensive baby-related items (for example a dummy, a rattle, booties etc.) before the shower for this classic memory game.

During the baby shower, ask the mum-to-be to quickly walk around the room and show everyone the basket/tray full of objects.

After the quick viewing, hide the basket in another room and distribute paper and pens. Ask everyone to write down all the items they saw in the basket. See who has the best memory and can recall the most items.

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38. Supermum in Training

What you'll need:

  • Mobile phone

  • Approximately 8 pairs of unmatched baby socks

  • Stack of nappies

  • Baby doll

  • Timer

How to play: Each of your guests will have a turn trying to be Supermum. When you say ‘Go,’ the Supermum candidate has to pick up the phone and cradle it between her ear and her shoulder. At the same time, she must correctly sort the socks into matched piles and change the baby's nappy. She cannot put down the phone while she is doing this. Before the next guest begins her turn, mix up the socks again. Time each guest to see how long it takes to complete the tasks − no mistakes allowed, of course.

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Animal Games

39. Pick a Duck

What you'll need:

  • 1 toy duck for each guest

  • Baby bathtub or bucket

  • Waterproof marker

How to play: Fill a baby bathtub with water and put the ducks in it. Of course, if you don’t have a baby bathtub you can use your actual bathtub, or a big bucket or tub. On the bottom of one duck, make a special marking with a waterproof marker.

Ask each guest to pick a duck. The one who picks the duck with the marking wins a door prize. After the shower, give the toy ducks to the mum-to-be for all those baths to come.

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40. Baby Animal Names

What you'll need:

  • Master list of animals

  • Answer key with the baby names of each animal. For some ideas, download or print our game sheet for this baby animal game

  • Pen and paper for each guest

  • Prize

How to play: Here's a chance to test your guests' knowledge of the animal kingdom. Make a list of about 10 to 20 animals and ask your guests to write down the word for that animal's baby. Do your research beforehand so you have an answer key with all the correct answers. Some unusual ones include:

  • Dolphin (a baby dolphin is called a calf)

  • Alligator (baby is a hatchling)

  • Swan (baby is a cygnet)

When everyone is finished, read the correct words out loud, and have guests score themselves. Give a prize to the guest with the highest score.