Baby Shower Ice Breaker Games

by Tuula

Start the fun with a couple of sweet and fun baby shower ice breaker games.

Some of these are great also as “entrance” games. They give something for the guests to do while waiting everyone to show up, and eliminates the awkward standing around.

Besides, everyone loves a fun activity!

Write a sign to explain the game, and you’re free to greet the guests.

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20 fun and engaging ice breaker games and activities for baby shower. Pink watercolor background, Two baby bunnies hopping over the text box.

1. Who Am I

This is a fun baby shower ice breaker game that also works for large groups. But can be a bit too much for some introverts…

What You Need

  • sticky notes or clothespins

Prep

  • Write on the clothespins baby words or TV show mom names or words from whatever category you like.

How to Play

  1. When guests arrive, put a clothespin or a sticky note on their back.
  2. Instruct them to ask “yes or no” questions to figure out who or what they’re.
  3. Give a little prize for everyone who guesses “who she is.”

Prize Ideas

  • clothespins
  • bag clips
  • sticky notes

2. How Many

This game is one the easiest to set up and to play.

What You Need

  • jar
  • something to put in the jar
  • paper slips or index cards
  • pens
  • basket or jar for the guesses

Ideas for Filling the Jar

  • chocolate kisses
  • candy hearts
  • gumballs
  • jelly beans
  • peanuts
  • socks
  • pacifiers
  • chocolate coins
  • M&M’s

How to Play

  1. Ask the guests to guess how many things are in the jar.
  2. The guests write their guess on paper and put it in a basket.
  3. Whoever guesses closest wins.

Prize Ideas

Usually, the winner gets to keep the jar full of goodies unless it is baby socks… then give them to mom and something else to the winner.

3. Baby Bucket List

How fun! Collect ideas for the mom to do with the baby.

What You Need

  • bucket, box, or jar
  • index cards or slips of paper

How to Play

  1. Ask each guest to write a bucket list idea or several for the mom to do with the baby. It does not have to be during the first year; it could be even something to do with him when he is a teenager.
  2. At some point, read the ideas.
  3. Give the bucket filled with ideas to the mom-to-be. OR collect the ideas and create a bucket list for the baby and mom.

4. Mommy or Daddy

How much do you know about mom and dad-to-be’s childhood? If the moms are present at the party, they will surely know all the answers.

What You Need

pictures of mom and dad’s childhood such as

  • their parents
  • grandparents
  • aunts, and uncles
  • friends
  • places visited
  • homes lived in
  • schools attended
  • favorite candy
  • pets
  • bikes
  • favorite stuffed animals
  • school mascot

Prep

  • Number the pictures.
  • Put the photos on a table or bulletin board, or hang them up with clothespins.

How to Play

  1. The guests guess whether the photo belongs to mom or dad.

Prize Ideas

  • picture frame
  • mom or dad’s favorite candy

5. Baby Poker

This baby shower ice breaker game is fabulous for a large group. It keeps the guests mingling and attentively participating in conversations.

Baby poker. 20 baby shower game ideas. Watercolor lion and giraffe sitting surrounded by branches.

What You Need

  • card decks (5 cards for each guest)

Prep

  • Print a poker hand rating list.
  • Frame it and place it near the instructions. You could also have small card-size lists available.

How to Play

Play like “don’t say baby” but with a twist.

  1. Give everyone five cards.
  2. Instruct the players not to say the forbidden word, such as cute or fun.
  3. If a player catches someone saying the forbidden word, she can take one of the cards from that player (without looking at those cards) and replace it with one of hers.
  4. Everyone should always have five cards.
  5. At the end of the shower, whoever has the best hand of poker wins.

Prize Ideas

  • deck of cards
  • gift card
  • bouquet of one-dollar bills

6. Find The Guest

You’ll get to meet and greet everyone while finding the guest who matches each clue.

What You Need

  • a list of unique fact(s) of each guest
  • OR a list of random things, such as find the guest who has known the mom-to-be the longest, whose birthday is closest to the due date, etc.

How to Play

  1. The guests mingle to match names with the facts.
  2. They ask the person who is the match to write her name next to the fact.
  3. To make it more difficult with the random things, the players can use a person’s name only once.
  4. Whoever “finds” the guests first wins.

Prize Idea

  • magnifying glass (for being a good spy)

7. Photographer

Everyone is a photographer!

This fun baby shower game, gives the guests an opportunity to mingle while taking photos of the guests, decorations, the mom, etc.

What You Need

  • each guest can use their phone
  • or have some disposable cameras available

Prep (optional)

  • Figure out a way for everyone to send the pictures to you, so you can display them as a slide show at the baby shower.

How to Play

  1. The guests snap photos.
  2. And send them to you.

Prepare a spontaneous slide show or create a baby shower album for the mom.

8. How I Met The Mom

This is an entertaining ice breaker game… unless you’re like me and don’t like to have all the eyes on you. You can make it more pleasant and provide an option to write down their story that someone else will read.

How to Play

  1. Ask everyone to share how they met the mom. They can also add a funny story or their first impression of her.

9. Baby Pictures

This is one of those baby shower ice breaker games that bring a ton of cuteness to the party!

What You Need

  • one baby picture of each guest
  • current picture of each guest (If you have a lot of people who don’t know each other.)
  • paper and pens

Prep

  • Label the pictures with numbers or letters. (If the guests want the pictures back, do the numbering the way that it does not ruin the photos.)
  • Display somewhere in the party area.

How to Play

  1. Ask the guests to write down who they think is in each picture.
  2. Whoever gets the most correct wins.

10. Floating Duckies

Add excitement to the baby shower with a floating ducky game.

Floating duckies, 20 baby shower ice breaker game ideas.

What You Need

  • rubber duckies
  • bucket filled with water
  • bowl
  • paper slips with numbers (one for each guest)

Prep

  • Write a number on the bottom of each duck. You could also write the guests’ names on the bottom of the ducks.

How to Play

  1. Place the bucket filled with water and floating rubber duckies somewhere in the party area.
  2. When guests arrive, ask them to draw from a bowl a paper slip with a number.
  3. Throughout the shower (every 15-30 minutes or however often you’d like), pull out a ducky and call out the number. The person with the matching number gets a prize.

11. Place Your Bets

It is time to place your bets and win a fabulous prize!

What You Need

  • calendar

How to Play

  1. The guests will place their bets on when the baby will be born. If the gender of the baby is unknown, you could also ask them to guess the gender.
  2. Usually, in this game, only one person can write their bet on each date, but if you add another thing to it, like guessing the baby’s weight, more than one person can pick the same date.
  3. Once the baby is born, and you know who the winner is, send them the prize.

Prize Idea

  • gift card (perhaps on e-gift card)

12. Baby Under Your Chair or Plate

Random prizes are terrific!

What You Need

  • an image of a baby or something related to the baby shower

Prep

  • Tape the image under a chair or a plate.

How to Play

  1. Ask everyone to check under their chair or plate.
  2. Whoever finds the image wins.

13. Guess The Month

What You Need

  • a picture of the mom every month of pregnancy

Prep

  • Label the the pictures with letters (in random order.)

How to Play

  1. Ask the guests to put the pictures in order.
  2. The one who has the most correct wins. Extra points for knowing the exact week.

Prize Idea

  • calendar
  • planner

14. Mommy Timeline

What You Need

  • pictures of the mom at different ages
  • paper
  • pens

Prep

  • Label the pictures with letters (or numbers.)

How to Play

  1. Display the photos on a table or hang them up with clothespins.
  2. Ask the guests to put the pictures in the correct order.
  3. Give an extra point for knowing the exact age.

As an alternative, copy all the images on paper in random order. Give everyone their own printable. Ask the guests to put them in the correct order by giving each image a number.

Prize Idea

  • picture frame

15. Ring a Bell

Ring a bell. 20 baby shower game ideas. A baby cow sleeping on sunflowers. Yellow and pink balloons behind the cow.

What You Need

  • bell
  • list of statements, such as the ones mentioned below.

How to Play

  1. Ring a bell every 10 to 15 minutes and announce “I’m looking for…”
  • someone born in the same month as the mom to be
  • who has the baby shower invitation in her purse
  • who has traveled to…
  • who is the oldest sibling
  • the person with the youngest child

Give a prize to the person you found.

16. Diaper Raffle (or Toy or Book Raffle)


What You Need

  • raffle tickets
  • a bowl
  • a prize

Prep

  • Send diaper raffle notices with the invitations. Ask the guests to bring a diaper package to the baby shower if they want to participate in the raffle.

How to Play

  1. Give the guests a raffle ticket for each diaper package they bring.
  2. Pick the winning ticket and whoever has the number wins a prize.

17. Baby Face

What You Need

  • large photos of mom and dad

Prep

  • Cut out the pictures in three or more strips (forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, chin..)
  • Make a sign: “Pick some eyes, pick a nose. What will the baby look like? Anything goes.”

How to Play

  1. Ask the guests to combine various strips to show what they think the baby will look like.
  2. Leave the faces on a table for everyone to see.

18. Celebrities as Children

What You Need

  • photos of celebrities as kids
  • pens
  • paper

Prep

  • Number the photos.

How to Play

  1. The guests will try to figure out which famous people the kids are.

19. What’s in the Bag

What You Need

  • paper bags
  • baby items
  • paper
  • pens

Prep

  • Number the bags and put one item in each.

How to Play

  1. The guests try to guess what’s in the bag by feeling it from the outside.

20. Time Capsule

What You Need

  • a box

Prep

  • Ask the guests to bring something for the time capsule for the baby. For example, a coin, stamps, a comic book, newspaper, a card, a funny story.

How to Play

  1. Have a box ready for the guests to drop off their items.
  2. Go through the items and present them to everyone.
  1. OR ask the guests to show everyone what they brought before placing it in the box.

21. Popular Baby Names

What You Need

  • a list of the most popular baby names for various years (like when the year the mom or grandmother was born)

How to Play

  1. Ask the guests to guess the top five names for each year.

Baby Shower Ice Breaker Games Summary

Make the event memorable for everyone with awesome baby shower ice breaker games!

Do simple things like “guess how many in the jar” and diaper raffle. Add an element of excitement by playing baby poker. Mingle, make time capsules and create baby bucket lists. So many fun activities to do!

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