14 Games and Activities to Entertain Your Virtual Baby Shower Guests
14 Games and Activities to Entertain Your Virtual Baby Shower Guests
April 27, 2020

14 Games and Activities to Entertain Your Virtual Baby Shower Guests

14 Games and Activities to Entertain Your Virtual Baby Shower Guests.
14 Games and Activities to Entertain Your Virtual Baby Shower Guests

In this time of social distancing, some expecting parents are moving their would-be in-person baby showers online. But many of the well-loved games you find at most baby showers won’t work for a virtual party, short of mailing Shower Gift Bingo cards to all your guests (we don’t expect you to do that, but if you want to, more power to you!).

One of the main concerns expecting parents have around virtual baby showers is how to keep guests interested and entertained. If you’re nervous about awkward pauses in conversation, constantly having all (virtual) attention on you or gasp having guests drop out due to boredom, don’t worry—we’ve got tips for ensuring a lively atmosphere at your online shindig.

We’ve rounded up our favorite games and activities, both traditional for baby showers and not, that will work on-screen for groups of four to about a dozen or more.

Printable Baby Shower Games

Word games and puzzles played on paper are a staple of any American baby shower. If you’ve been to one, you know the drill: the host passes around game sheets and tiny pencils, and each guest has a certain amount of time to fill out their sheet before the answers are given and someone wins a prize.

Just because your baby shower has moved online doesn’t mean you should feel the need to forgo this tradition. Below are four downloadable and printable games, made by Babylist just for you, that can be played even across great distances.

WISHES FOR BABY

If guests have special wishes and hopes for your new baby, here’s where they can write them down so you (and eventually baby, too) can treasure them for life.

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BABY WORD UNSCRAMBLE

Babies need so many things! Here’s a list of baby products (most of which are probably on your registry) for guests to unscrambled and reveal something a baby might use.

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EMOJI BABY PICTIONARY

Welcome to a baby shower game for the 21st century. Guests are shown a series of emojis that translates to a baby-related word or phrase, and they’ll have to make their best guess. It works exactly like pictionary, just using all the cute (and weird) little icons you can find in your phone.

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BABY ANIMAL MATCH UP

Did you know that all animals have special names for their offspring? In this game, guests are given two lists: names of adult animals and the name of their babies. They’ll have to match them up to create the correct associations.

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How to download and use these printable games

Click Download Game Sheet below the image of the game you want, then (in the new browser tab that opens to show the game) click the download icon on the right side of the upper tool bar. You can share the game with your guests and have them download it to their own devices by copy-pasting the URL in the image tab and sending it to either in an emailed invite or toward the beginning of the party. After that, the games work just like they would in real life!

If your guests have printers at home, they can print out the game sheet and write their answers there. If a guest doesn’t have a printer, they can still write their answers down on a separate sheet of paper while viewing the game on their screen. Once everyone is ready, have guests show their answers on camera so you can see.

The answer sheets are available for you to download, too. Just click the Download Answer Sheet link underneath the image of the game on this page. (And be sure not to send that link to your guests by accident!)

Creative Virtual Shower Activities

If you think the traditional pen-and-paper baby shower games might go quickly at your virtual shower, you can always throw in a more hands-on, creative activity to entertain your guests. These activities also make a nice alternative to written games, in case that’s not your jam.

Just make sure to let your guests know about these activities beforehand so they can participate (they’ll need some basic supplies). If some of your guests live in your area, you or your shower host might consider dropping off some supplies at their houses the day before or the morning of the virtual shower.

  • Play-Doh Babies: Got two different colors of Play-Doh lying around somewhere? Use one color for the baby and the other color for the clothes. If guests don’t have any Play-Doh, it’s pretty easy to make at home with just flour, salt, water and food coloring.
  • Cupcake Decorating Contest: You can either have guests bake their own cupcakes at home (and who wouldn’t object to that?) or drop off a single cupcake at guests’ homes, then they can decorate to their hearts’ content either before or during the shower. Once everyone is finished, have them show their artistry to everyone on camera. The best part: you get to be the judge!

Easy Activities

These simple activities are great for guests of all ages, and there’s no artistic skills required.

  • Don’t Say “Baby”: This is probably one of the most popular baby shower games because it’s so easy (and yet so hard at the same time!). And it works perfectly for virtual showers. The rules are simple: Don’t. Say. Baby. If you’re caught saying the word “baby,” you lose. To track who’s saying the word, you can keep a sheet of paper to write everyone’s names on. Whoever is the last guest to have their name written down for saying “baby” is the winner!
  • Parenting Advice: Shower guests who are already parents particularly enjoy this one, but it’s open to all guests, whether they’re parents or not. Guests can write down their best (or worst) parenting advice and then show you on camera, but if you want to keep the advice forever, we suggest having all your guests type their sage wisdom into a shared Google doc or emailing it to you.
  • Baby Face: This game requires a little bit of prep from both you and your guests. In the shower invite, ask your guests to email you one of their baby photos (the more embarrassing, the better) before the day of the shower. Then you can compile all the photos into a slideshow and have everyone guess which baby photo belongs to which guest.
  • Name That Tune: This is your opportunity to create your perfect baby playlist. It can feature nursery rhymes and lullabies, popular songs that have “baby” in the title or a mixture of the two. Just play a short clip (about 5-10 seconds) of each song, one after the other, and have guests write down their guesses on a piece of paper. Once you’ve gone through the entire playlist—we recommend about 10–12 songs—give out the answers, and the guest with the most correct answers wins.

Online Games for Virtual Showers

Traditional baby shower games can be a lot of fun, even virtually, but there are some less traditional game options available, too. We like these options if you’re looking for an activity that’s totally online and can get everyone playing all at the same time. Keep in mind: If you have two or more guests who live in the same house and are using the same computer/screen, they’ll have to find extra screens (phone, tablet, etc.) in order for each of them to play.

  • Skribbl.io: Get your (virtual) crayons ready! This free online platform has guests guessing each others’ drawings under a time limit, and the prompts are totally randomized. Don’t have any artistic abilities? That’s what makes this game even more hysterical. Keep in mind: Private rooms allow up to 12 players at a time, and you can customize your words and drawing time.
  • Playingcards.io: Much like Skribbl.io, Playingcards.io is totally free. This website features some basic playing card and tabletop favorites like crazy eights, go fish, backgammon, checkers and even a generic version of Cards Against Humanity (it’s called Remote Insensitivity on this website). You can even create your own custom virtual card game, though it may take some time to figure out how.
  • Jackbox: Meet the king of virtual party games. With six different party packs to choose from, there’s a wide variety available, from quizzes and catchphrase competitions to drawing and guess-who’s-lying games. Jackbox activities are always full of energy, and they’re sure to get your whole party pumped. Keep in mind: The Party Packs cost about $12–$20, and you’ll need a current-gen gaming console, iPad or smart TV to host the games (but guests can play from their phones). Games can hold up to 10 players, and if you have more shower guests than that, non-players can join as audience members. Lastly, Jackbox games are meant for adults to play, so it may not be the best option if you want to keep things, ahem, polite.
  • Kahoot: Well-loved by school kids, teachers and families alike, Kahoot allows you to build your own quiz games from scratch to test your friends’ knowledge on literally any subject you want. Keep in mind: Guests will need to create an account, but it’s free to use for up to 10 players at once; if you need to add more players, it costs $10+ per month (billed annually). Also, games aren’t pre-made, so if you want to use Kahoot, you have to create the entire game yourself. (The site is pretty user-friendly though, so it doesn’t take a lot of skill to make a game—just some patience.)

What to do about prizes

Sure, baby shower games are tons of fun to play just for the sake of playing them, but a virtual shower doesn’t have to mean sacrificing prizes for the winners.

If you like the idea of hand-delivering prizes to victorious guests, a drop-off of a small prize at their front door can be a nice gesture. Something like a small potted plant, baked goods or a candle make for a great in-person baby shower game prize.

If the winner lives far away, or if you just don’t feel like making a delivery, ordering their prize online and having it shipped directly to them is totally fine, too. You could also opt for a virtual prize like an online gift card.

By the way, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of buying and delivering party prizes to your guests, no shame—we totally get it. A nice alternative might be including a quick “Congratulations on winning (so-and-so) game!” in the thank you cards.

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