Chinese Baby Shower Games

by Annabeth Kaine

Chinese culture is rich with tradition regarding the birth of a newborn. Typically, a baby shower is thrown after the baby is born. Ancient Chinese beliefs state that anything a mother does affects her baby and several things are thought to affect a pregnancy. Before planning a baby shower for a Chinese friend, ask if there are any limits on the timing of the shower. When you are planning the shower, incorporate some Chinese culture into the shower games.

Chopstick and Pacifier

Divide your shower attendees into two equal groups. If you have an odd number of guests, divide them into three groups; however, each group needs at least five members. Distribute one pair of chopsticks to each partygoer, and give one person in each group a pacifier. The goal of the game is to use the chopsticks to pass the pacifier from one person to the next without your hands touching the pacifier. If it gets dropped, the group must start over. The first group to successfully pass the pacifier from first to last person wins.

Lucky Money

Ask each guest to bring "lucky money" -- either a dollar bill or a coin -- inside a red envelope. Ask each person to find one letter from the baby's first name on the coin or bill she brought. As the letters are found, have the players put her coin or bill on a table until the name is complete. For an added challenge or a larger group, spell out the baby's entire name instead of only the first name. Place the money in a piggy bank for the baby after the game is over.

Zodiac Bingo

Print out premade or custom bingo cards that feature Chinese animal zodiac symbols. If you make customized bingo cards, use the baby's name as a "free space." If the sex of the baby is unknown, add the symbols for a boy and a girl, and add possible names to the card. Play the game as you would regular bingo by calling out the symbols to the players; those who have the matching symbol on their cards then mark the space. The first player to mark a straight line -- horizontal, vertical or diagonal -- on her card wins.

"Milk" Name

Chinese tradition dictates that the baby's family have a milk name for the newborn. A child's milk name stays with him until he reaches school and is essentially a nickname for the child. Gather 10 to 20 balloons, and fill each with a piece of paper containing a nickname, but only one balloon should have the correct milk name. Encourage your guests to pop the balloons in any way they can. As each is popped, ask guests to vote on whether the name will be the child's milk name. After all balloons are popped, reveal whether the name with the most votes is the baby's milk name.

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