Ice Breaker - Baby Shower Games
|These fun-filled baby shower games can really get your party started...Try our great icebreaker games - easily adaptable to both large or small parties...|
Just print out and play the baby shower games below.
Bottoms Up Icebreaker:
This baby shower game is basically a dice game - only the "dice" are little sitting baby figures that you decorate cakes with. You can find these figurines at your local dollar store. To play, place ten of the babies in a cup and have your guests shake and toss them onto a tabletop. The guest with the most babies in the bottoms-up position wins! The babies tend toward the sitting-up position, so achieving a lot of bottoms-ups is not as easy as it sounds.
You may even turn this into an icebreaker game, by having all your guests roll the figurines and tell a number of things about themselves based on how many bottoms-up rolled!
Don't Cross Your Legs:
This game really helps folks at your baby shower become more aware of their nervous behaviors, and may even help them to relax and enjoy themselves more.
To play, everyone at the party has three clothespins attached to them. Make a rule that anyone caught crossing their legs has to give up a clothespin to the guest that caught them doing it. The guest with the most clothes pins at the end of the baby shower wins a special prize. However, all of the guests with one or more clothespins left will also win a little token… It means that they relaxed and really got into your party and that is pretty awesome and deserves a prize as well.
This has become a really popular baby shower game that encourages folks to mingle.
To play the game each guest is given an item that clips to their collar (I have seen many hosts use the plastic hair clamps that you can get at the dollar store – try flowery ones, or any variety with lots of color). These are usually given when the guest first arrives. Choose a taboo word, and tell each arriving guest what the word is. Explain that if they catch anyone using the taboo word, they are to get the hair clip of the person that used the word. As the guests mingle they listen for others to use the taboo word, while they try to avoid using the word themselves. Whoever has the most clips at the end of the baby shower is the winner and receives a nice party token.
4. What's On Your Back - Version 1:
This is a great icebreaker baby shower games for your next shower. As your guests arrive, put a piece of masking tape with a baby related word on it on each person's back. Do not let them see what the word is. The object of the game is for guests to find out what baby words are taped to their backs. The rules are, however, that you can only ask "yes" and "no" questions. In other words the only answer folks are allowed to give you are "yes", and "no". They are not allowed to say anything else about your word. The guests mingle with each other and ask questions about their word, until they can guess the word. The first one to correctly guess the word on their back wins a special prize. You should continue the game to encourage folks to continue mingling. When the rest of your guests guess the words on their backs, they will receive a small party favor, as well.
This baby shower game is great if many of the guests do not really know each other very well. It encourages conversation among people who might not have been inclined to talk otherwise.
5. What's On Your Back - Version 2:
This baby shower game is played exactly like Version 1 only baby related pictures instead of words get taped to the guests' backs. Again, the object of the game is for each guest to find out what picture is taped to their back. The rules are, however, that you can only ask "yes" and "no" questions. In other words the only answer folks are allowed to give you are "yes", and "no". They can't say anything else about your picture. The guests mingle with each other and ask questions about their picture, until they can guess what it is. The first one to correctly guess their picture wins a special prize. You should continue the game to encourage folks to continue mingling. When the rest of your guests guess their pictures, they will receive a small party favor, as well. This game is great if many of the guests don't really know each other very well. It encourages conversation among people who might not have been inclined to talk otherwise.
6. Famous Mother Quotes - Icebreaker:
I especially like this icebreaker game for baby showers! To prepare for this game go on the internet and find famous quotes that concern mom’s and/or babies. For instance, this quote: "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world…" was written by William Ross Wallace. Next, write these quotes on 3x5 cards. Then write the names of the individuals who wrote or spoke these words onto separate 3x5 cards. As your guest arrive pin either a quote or a person to their front lapel or collar. The guests have to mingle and try to find the person with the name or quote that is the match for their own.
Try to pick several challenging quotes so that people have to help each other come up with the answers Hint: people tend to feel more connected when they are a little lost together, so make it challenging for them… This is a fantastic way to get people to meet each other at a party. At some point later during the party give out the answers, so folks can see how they did.
7. Cartoons & Captions - Icebreaker:
Another icebreaker baby shower game that a friend of mine used at her sister's baby shower involved using cartoons and captions.
To prepare for this baby shower game, photocopy cartoons (do not use the same cartoon twice). On separate 3x5 index cards write captions that go with those cartoon images. As guests arrive pin either a cartoon or caption to each person's front lapel or collar. The guests then have to mingle and try finding the match to their cartoon or caption! At some point later during the baby shower give out the answers, so that people can see how they did.
8. Baby Faces:
I absolutely love this About.com Baby Shower Game!
"This was an original party game a friend of mine invented for a baby shower. First, she went through motherhood magazines and cut out pictures of babies. Then she went through popular magazines and cut out just the faces of many different famous people. Once she had the famous faces cut out, she then further trimmed off everything from just above the eyebrows to below the mouth, and cheek to cheek. She used everyone from political figures to movie stars; from models to historical figures. Then she took the famous faces and pasted them on top of the babies' faces. She had to match them up size-wise to accomplish this. Next she taped them up all around her living room on the walls. At the shower, guests were invited to walk around and write down the names of as many as they could identify. Whoever correctly identified the most famous faces won a prize."
Since your guests will have various interests in things like politics, history, Hollywood trivia, etc., it's a good idea to draw from many different magazines for this game. Adding the baby element makes this baby shower game especially fun. It is sure to be a big hit!
9. Baby Shower Scavenger Hunt:
A simple yet super fun baby shower game to play is a good-old-fashioned scavenger hunt.
To prepare for this game make up a list of baby items for your guests to find. Make sure the items are on hand. Then take the items and hide them around the house. Pass out copies of the list to all of your guests as they arrive. Give your guests some time during the party to search for all of the items on their lists. The first person to find and return all the items wins. Your guest of honor gets all of the baby items at the end of the game.
10. Little Did You Know:
This is a very effective icebreaker baby shower game. First, hand out slips of paper to all of your guests (be sure to provide writing utensils). Ask your guests to write down something about themselves that they think nobody else in the room knows about them. Collect all of the sheets. Shuffle them and hand them out, making sure that nobody gets their own. When everyone has a sheet, then each person will read aloud what is on their slip. The group tries to guess the owner of the little known fact. This usually gets conversation going, as folks are very curious about each others tidbits. Again, this is a great baby shower game for loosening people up.
11. A Picture Is Worth A Thousand:
This icebreaker baby shower game really allows people to be very creative and artistic.
To begin, everybody draws a picture that expresses a well wish for the guest of honor's new baby. People may draw pictures of money, or houses, or career images, or symbols of happiness and love. The drawings are then collected. One by one, the drawings are "pulled out of the hat" and held up for all to see. The group tries to guess who drew it. Whoever guesses correctly is the next one to choose a drawing "out of the hat". When someone guesses correctly, the person who drew the picture must explain its meaning to the group.
If your guests don't loosen up with this super fun icebreaker baby shower game, I do not know what to say about your party. This baby shower game is so hilarious, and fun-inspiring that folks just die laughing with the fun of it!
To begin, everyone starts as an egg. So people have to pretend to be an egg. Next, all eggs have to find another egg to play Rock-Paper-Scissors with. Whoever wins in Rock-Paper-Scissors gets to 'evolve' into achicken. So now the chickens pretend to be chickens (they will have to cluck around and peck at a few things). Then the chickens then must find other chickens in order to play Rock-Paper-Scissorsagain. The winner will become a dinosaur and pretend to be very ferocious. The dinosaurs will play Rock-Paper-Scissors with each other. Winners between two dinosaurs evolve into the highest form of evolution - ELVIS! in which case they would pretend to be ELVIS. At this point they are out of the game and can be a spectator as the evolution wars are still going on.
When someone looses a Rock-Paper-Scissors battle, they must go back one evolution. Dinosaurs become chickens, chickens become eggs, and eggs remain eggs. Continue playing until most everyone has become an Elvis. There might be a single egg, chicken or dinosaur left who will be stuck on their level alone. A fun idea is to award prizes to the single remaining egg, chicken, or dinosaur for being such good sports!
13. Guess The Picture:
This really simple baby shower game can be played at the very beginning of your shower.
To prepare for this game collect a set of pictures - both common and uncommon items and locations. Examples are: up-close pictures of skin, hair, or a picture of a local building. Next, display them on the wall with a number. As they arrive, the guests have to mingle around and help each other identify the pictures. Make sure to have some challenging photos. Sometime later during the party the answers to the pictures are revealed. The winner is the guest(s) with the most answers correct.
14. Name Mixer:
For this next baby shower game sit in a circle on chairs. Put the name of the person on the back of each chair. To begin everyone sits in the chair labeled with their name. The person at the "beginning" of the circle starts by saying their name, followed by the name of someone else sitting in the circle. Then the person whose name was called says her name and calls someone else's name, and so on.
The first person to make a mistake, by forgetting to say their name or someone else's, or by not responding in time, etc., has to leave their chair and sit to the right of the person who is at the beginning of the circle. To accommodate, everyone who can will scoot one set to the right until the newly vacated chair is filled up.
The person at the beginning position then starts again. However, since the name on the chair is the "name" of the person sitting in the chair, now the person who's real name is Jenny but sitting in the chair labeled Michelle, must respond when someone calls Michelle and not respond when someone calls Jenny. Continue playing the game until everyone is utterly confused...
This fun baby shower game really melts the ice. For this game everybody mingles until the hostess shouts out a number. All players must then try to get into groups of that number. Any groups that don’t succeed are out.A great variation on this baby shower game is to form groups by things other than numbers – say for instance shoe sizes, or clothing colors.
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