Inexpensive Baby Shower Games

by Tracey Bleakley
Many baby shower games require only a few materials like pencils and paper.

Many baby shower games require only a few materials like pencils and paper.

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If you've ever hosted a baby shower, you know that it can be expensive, especially if you are the only one planning it. By the time you've bought food, party favors and decorations, you may not have much left in your budget for games. Luckily, there are lots of fun, but inexpensive baby shower games you can play with your guests.

Who Is That Baby?

Ask each guest to bring a baby picture of herself to the shower. When the guests arrive, collect the pictures and lay them out on a table. Place an index card with a number on it in front of each picture. Give the guests paper and pens or pencils and have them look at all of the pictures and write down who they think each one is. The person who gets the most right wins.

Guess the Girth

Pass a ball of string or yarn around to all of the guests. Ask each guest to cut a length of string that she thinks is equal to the circumference of the mom-to-be's belly. Then cut a string that fits around her and compare it to each guest's piece. The winner is the person who gets the closest. Be sure to get the expecting mom's go-ahead before you play this game, in case she's feeling sensitive about her baby weight or is shy.

Inside the Diaper Bag

This game will test your guests' memory and needs no supplies at all. The first person starts by naming something that would be in a diaper bag. "Inside the diaper bag, there is a pacifier." The second person repeats the first item and adds another. "Inside the diaper bag, there is a pacifier and a rattle." Continue around the circle with each person repeating the previous items and adding a new one. If anyone forgets something or gets the order wrong, she is out. The last one remaining wins.

Baby Animal Matching

Give each guest a list of animals and a pencil. Then give them a time limit and ask them to write down the name of each animal's baby. For example, a baby cow is a calf and a baby lion is a cub. Whoever gets the most correct is the winner.

Baby ABC's

Give each guest a piece of paper and ask them to write the alphabet down one side. Then set a timer and have them try to think of a baby-related word for each letter, like diapers for D and swaddle for S. When the time is up, have the guests trade lists with someone and check that all of their words have to do with babies. The winner is the one who thinks of the most words.

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