Baby Shower Games for Kids

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Older kids can join in on traditional baby shower games. Credit: Ethan Miller, Getty Images


Baby shower games can be cheesy and a little over-the-top for some adults to really enjoy, but when children are in attendance, a little organized entertainment can help keep the party going. If your next baby shower is open to all ages, these fun, kid-friendly versions of more traditional baby shower activities will make the atmosphere lively.

Baby Bottle Bingo:
By making up some baby-themed bingo cards ahead of time, you'll have a simple game on hand for kids of all ages. Keep the bingo squares patterned with visual icons, rather than words, so that pre-readers can get in on the fun of this baby shower game. Award prizes of small 4-ounce baby bottles filled with candy, marshmallows or organic fruit snacks to the winners (and bring plenty to hand out to the losers, too.)

Name that Baby:
For this baby shower game, ask adult guests to bring baby pictures of their children who are attending. Line up all the photos on a table (with each picture numbered for reference), and have kids guess which baby photo matches which guest. In addition to lots of laughs, parents will have a chance to bond over memories.

Crafts:
Sometimes you just need to keep little hands busy. Craft projects are a great way to distract, and can provide a creative outlet for even the youngest of children. Have kids decorate a diaper with color markers (they can get wild with sayings and designs), or consider handing out construction paper "baby" cutouts that kids can customize, predicting what the new little one will look like. Search online for free printables and bring lots of crayons.

Baby Animal Trivia: Did you know baby sharks are called "pups" and baby doves are "squabs?" Chances are good that most children (and their parents) won't know the names to more exotic baby animals, and a fun baby shower game of trivia can be a great learning -- and laughing -- experience. Make up flashcards with these fun facts ahead of time, and have parents quiz their kids at the shower for even more family fun.

Baby Dolls: Provide a place at the event just for those kids who want to play "house." Put up a small toy crib and a changing table or high chair, and stock the area with an assortment of baby dolls, bottles, clothes and accessories. You'll be surprised by how busy some of the younger children will stay with this form of open-ended play.

Guess that Puree: Baby food comes in many flavors, and guessing them can be so much fun. A nearly identical baby shower game played by adults at showers, "guess that baby food," can be hilarious for kids, as well. Be sure to provide extra tasting spoons so children aren't sharing germs, and watch them giggle and grimace over the various flavors they encounter.

A baby shower can be a blessed event for guests of all ages, provided you plan ahead and prepare for things to get a bit hectic. When in doubt, serve food! While not exactly a baby shower game, it's the one event for guests of all ages, provided you plan ahead and prepare for things to get a bit hectic. When in doubt, serve food! While not exactly a baby shower game, it's the one entertainment option that kids of all ages go for.

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