12 Virtual Baby Shower Games Everyone Will Want to Play
Perhaps you’re planning a virtual baby shower due to COVID-19 concerns. Or maybe you’ve just recognized it as a great way to include family and friends who live far away. Either way, the secret to throwing a fun online baby shower is to keep your guests tuned in and engaged. The best way to do that? With virtual baby shower games. Below, check out some of our favorite Zoom baby shower games, as well as some considerations to keep in mind.
As you’re brainstorming which online baby shower games to play, keep in mind that many popular baby shower games can easily be adapted for a virtual event. Plus, if you’re looking to keep a low budget, you can actually make a lot of the games yourself using programs like Word or Google Documents (think quizzes, word searches, anagrams, etc.). If you’d rather opt for printable digital downloads, there are plenty of options from retailers like Etsy and Amazon. (Many of these games also come in bundles and often retail for less than $10.)
Whether you make the games yourself or digitally download them, be sure to share them with your guests ahead of time. You can send the game files via email, dropbox or drop a link to the downloads during the virtual event. However, Amanda Williams of Boutique Event Planners recommends sending your guests a package with all the printed games (and other supplies) they’ll need for the shower. “Everybody likes to get something in the mail. For these virtual events, it’s really fun when hosts send little gift boxes to each one of their guests that include the games,” Williams says. “It’s nice to have a tangible item and a game for people to play at their home.”
If you want to keep up the tradition of baby shower game prizes, also be sure to prepare small e-gift cards to popular stores like Amazon and Target to give out to each winner during or after the shower.
Wondering just how many games you might need to keep the party going? Williams suggests playing no more than two, as virtual events tend to be shorter. Luckily, there are plenty of virtual baby shower games that are quick, engaging and simple to put together. Check them out below.
Baby Emoji Pictionary
This virtual baby shower game puts a modern twist on the classic game of Pictionary. To play, have each guest guess the baby-themed word or phrase written in emojis and then tally up how many they got right. The person with the most correct guesses wins!
When it comes to virtual baby shower games, there are few that beat Bingo. Put a prenatal spin on this classic by making (or downloading) players’ cards with baby-themed words instead of numbers. Write all the included words onto pieces of paper and put them into a hat to call out. We guarantee this online baby shower game will bring everyone a good time.
Match That Baby
Mix and match games are always a crowd-pleaser. For the game, come up with a list of mom and baby pairings. (Swan and cygnet, platypus and puggle, horse and colt, you get the idea.) Then create two separate lists with the pairings out of order and have your guests match them. The best part about this game? It comes with several different theme options. Choose animal-themed lists, Disney mom and baby pairings or celebrity parents and their kids.
Digital download: $5, Etsy.com
Baby-Themed Word Search
Word searches are popular online baby shower games—and for good reason! Not only are they fun to play, but they’re also fun to make. Come up with a list of five to 10 words to hide in the puzzle and give your guests a time limit to find them all.
Never Have I Ever: the Parent Edition
This option is free and offers lots of entertainment. To play, have everyone hold up 5 or 10 fingers, and then go around and have each person list something they’ve never done as a parent or parent-to-be. (For example: “Never have I ever dealt with a diaper blowout” or “Never did I ever crave something salty during pregnancy.”) (If you’re struggling to come up with some statements, you can always download a list.) It’s bound to be an instant hit among your guests. You may even find out some funny facts about your loved ones!
Digital download: $4, Etsy.com
The Price Is Right: Baby Gear Edition
To play this game inspired by “The Price Is Right,” come up with a list of baby gear (think car seats, strollers, onesies, diapers, wipes, etc.) and have your guests guess how much each retails for. Whoever gets closest to the actual price wins!
Digital download: $2, Etsy.com
Name That Baby Tune
This popular virtual baby shower game is typically an instant hit—and there are plenty of baby tunes to choose from! For the game, create a playlist of popular kids’ songs, such as “Rockabye Baby,” “Hush Little Baby,” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” During the shower, play snippets of each and have your guests try to guess which song it is.
Digital download: $2, Etsy.com
How Old Were They?
Ready for a bit of nostalgia? This online coed baby shower game asks guests to guess the age of the parents-to-be in pictures. To play this virtually, create a presentable slideshow of the couple as kids, in their early years of dating and with loved ones. Have everyone guess how old they were in the photos. (If the parents-to-be aren’t involved in the planning, this is a good opportunity to sneak in those baby photos!)
Digital download: $6, Etsy.com
Baby-Themed Mad Libs
Few games can get a group of people bursting into laughter like Mad Libs. Come up with a fill-in-the-blank paragraph (or download one) and then write a list of the parts of speech each person will have to come up with (i.e. verb, adjective, noun, etc.). Have each guest fill out the list and then go around and have everyone read the paragraph with their word choices. We guarantee it’ll lead to a jolly good time.
Digital download: $5, Etsy.com
Who doesn’t like trivia? This Zoom baby shower game involves answering a list of questions centered around babies. These can include questions like, “What sense does baby develop first?”, “when do babies start seeing?” or “how many bones are babies born with?” Not only is it easy to create, but your guests will have a blast and maybe even learn a new neonatal fact!
Baby Word Scramble
If you’ve ever come across a word scramble, you’ve likely been tempted to play. This virtual baby shower game is highly engaging (and really simple to put together yourself). Simply make a list of 10 to 15 baby-themed words and scramble them up. Then, have your guests try to unscramble and guess the words during the Zoom event.
Perfect for coed baby showers, this virtual baby shower game quizzes guests on how well they know the parents-to-be, with questions like “Who’s more afraid of labor and delivery?” or “Who has a better lullaby voice?” You can write up a list of questions or use platforms like Menti or Kahoot to create an interactive quiz for everyone to play online together.
About the expert:
Amanda Williams is an event planner with over a decade of experience and has planned everything from weddings and baby showers and other special occasion events. In 2014, she launched her own business, Boutique Event Planners, a family-owned company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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