Games to Play at a Baby Shower – Some Ideas

One of the most important parts of planning a baby shower is the games to play at a baby shower. You want everyone to have a great time, as well as giving the mother-to-be a lovely day to remember for the rest of her life. Some fun filled games will fit the bill on this.

One of the hardest parts is coming up with unique games that aren’t played at just about every baby shower in the world. You want the baby shower you throw to be memorable. Therefore, you will need to find something really different. Perhaps you may want to try your hand at creating your own games to play at a baby shower.

Think of what you know about the guest of honor and what sort of things she enjoys. Then you can plan what sort of games to use. As your mother – to -be is the important person at the shower, it is perfectly acceptable to organize games with her interests in mind.

This activity is not actually a game but could be a lot of fun as a baby shower theme. If your guest of honor happens to be into crafts, such as quilting, you can build your shower entertainment around that. Have all the guests to bring some pre-made squares to the baby shower. This will be more of a baby shower/quilting bee. A baby quilt is small and with enough women working on it, this can be completed by the end of the shower. You may want to make this an all day event though.

Another one of the fun games to play at a baby shower is one for a couples shower. It is called Change the Diaper. You will need to set up a changing table, complete with a baby sized doll, diapers, wipes, and baby powder. The male of each couple will stand in front of the baby on the changing table, with his hands behind his back.

His partner will stand behind him using her hands as his hands to change the baby. The old diaper must be removed, baby cleaned with wipes, powder added, and then new a diaper put on. The whole process is timed by a stop watch. The baby is then held up to see if the diaper holds. If it does, that team’s time counts. If not, they are disqualified. The team with the fastest and most accurate changing time wins. It makes for a lot of laughs for everyone.

Whatever games to play at a baby shower that you choose, it is always best to make sure they fit with the guests you are inviting. Choose games that everyone can participate in and that will be entertaining for all.

Free Mobile Games – A Fun Way to Spend Leisure Time

Mobile phone games are amongst the most popular forms of gaming and free mobile phone games are doing their bit to increase the popularity. The purpose of cell phones is no longer just making calls. It is quite a common sight to see someone glued to his cell phone, oblivious of all that’s going around. More often than not, chances are that the person is playing a mobile phone game.

Gaming is a massive industry that is growing at a rapid pace. Some years ago, experts had predicted that people would pay large sums of money to play games on their cell phones. They have been proved right. Such games are addictive and often a person hooked to mobile games just can’t get enough of them. Such persons are always on the lookout for free mobile phone games. Mobile games quickly become out-dated because new and better games are released ever so often. Some of the games that have become outdated are Poker, Solitaire, Juiced etc.

The fierce competition between the various cell phone companies and service providers is one factor that has increased the popularity of free mobile phone games. They offer mobile games free of cost as an incentive. These games are either freely downloadable from the Internet or get activated on simulation. Often they are an intrinsic part of the handset.

Free Online Games

There are numerous free mobile phone games online. Some of the well-known ones include:

o FIFA 2005 Mobile Edition: This football game has been designed in a very realistic manner. One of its highlights is the ability to replay shots.
o Colin McRae Rally 2005: The three dimensional graphics of this game tempt one to keep racing against time.
o Karate Master: The objective of this game is to enable Chen to get a black belt with the blessing of the Master. He also has to win all the fights and be declared “The Best Under the Sun”.
o Conflict Global Storm: In this game, one has to fight against global terrorism. The modus operandi includes obtaining data from the terrorists, capturing them, rescuing one’s partners and foiling the plans of the terrorists.
o Jackpot: This is a conventional casino game. One would get 100 dollars to play the game. The aim of the game is to maximize one’s earnings. One loses the game when he loses the money. The quantum of money is stored in the memory and can be verified from the menu.
o 3D Pool: This three-dimensional pool game tests your ability to strategize and play pool.

Free mobile phone games are in great demand amongst people who love gaming. They are an inexpensive and entertaining way to spend one’s leisure time.

Fun Games to Play With Children, 10 Spontaneous Games to Enrich Their Lives

1. NATURE BRACELETS

For Ages: 1-5

You can start your little one’s exploration and appreciation of nature with this game of making a masking tape nature bracelet. They’ll notice all the lovely color and shape variations there are in petals and leaves and adorn their wrists with beauty.

MATERIALS:

Masking tape

Leaves and flower petals

DIRECTIONS:

Wrap a piece of masking tape around your child’s wrist, sticky side up, and then go exploring to find wonderful leaves, beautiful flower petals and other interesting things to attach to the bracelet.

Before bedtime, snip the bracelet off and attach it next to his bed or somewhere in view so he can admire his work and remember his fun time.

2. RING OF STRING

For Ages:3-10 years

In this game, children are encouraged to really look closely at one spot and see all there is to see. There is a lot of pleasure to be had from noticing the tiny wonders of nature that are in our own back yard.

MATERIALS:

String

Magnifying glass or jar with water in it (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Make a small circle on the ground with the string. Look carefully at the enclosed area with your child and notice what is growing there. Pull out a weed or blade of grass and see what the roots looks like. Is there a seedpod in the area? What’s inside?

Poke a hole and see if there are any insects around. What are they? What are they doing? Use a magnifying glass or a jar with water in it and look at different things up close.

Gather small things to examine and collect such as pinecones, acorns, petals, seeds, bark, leaves and pretty pebbles.

3. A SPOTLIGHT IN THE DARK

For Ages 1-5 years

Babies are fascinated with anything new. It’s fun for us to be with a little one when she discovers something for the first time. In this game it’s the delight of a flashlight in the dark

MATERIALS:

One or two flashlights

DIRECTIONS:

Keep the lights off in the room that you are in and scan the room with a flashlight, spotlighting different familiar things. “Look there’s the television. Here is the table and there is your high chair.”

You know your little one is going to want a chance to hold the flashlight. Let her. She can shine it wherever she wants or she has to find, with her flashlight, an object you name.

As she gets older and more coordinated, continue this game, but this time you both have flashlights and you encourage her to “catch” your spotlight. You move your spotlight around the room and she has to move hers so it “catches” yours by covering your spotlight with hers.

Your turn to chase next.

4. THE KNOCKING GAME

For: All Ages

Listening to and identifying the different sounds objects make when you knock on them is a game that can be played at any time. When you want to change the focus of fussing children, try saying: “Hey, let’s play a game. Close your eyes and see if you can tell what I’m knocking on. No peeking”

MATERIALS:

Common objects found around the house

DIRECTIONS:

Ask your player to close her eyes and turn her back to you. Then see if she can guess the object you are knocking on with your fist (or a spoon). Start with easy things such as a table and a window, and work towards sounds that are harder to identify, such as knocking on a book or lamp.

Take turns being the identifier and the “knocker”.

5. TOOTHPICK ART

For: All Ages

There are many ways to teach the hands to have more finesse. This is one of them that you can play together.

MATERIALS:

Toothpicks, plain or colored

DIRECTIONS:

Make an abstract design by laying toothpicks out on a table or floor, with each player adding their toothpick to the design. The first player puts down one toothpick. The next player adds his at just the angle that seems pleasing to him. The next person then adds theirs to that design and so on and so on until an interesting design is formed.

Instead of an abstract design, you can make a specific scene. For example, make a house with a picket fence and trees.

!It takes concentration to pick up a skinny toothpick and decide the best place to put it. Placing each toothpick down carefully and trying not to jiggle the design encourages awareness of hand movements.

It also develops the pincer grasp, the small muscles that control the index finger and thumb.

But mainly, it’s fun to make art together.

6. TOE STEPPING

For: All Ages

Here’s a fun and silly game that requires concentration and quick movement. Try it sometime at a birthday party gathering, when you want to redirect excess energy, or when the kids are bored and want something quick and new to do.

MATERIALS:

None but fancy footwork

DIRECTIONS:

Two people, both barefoot or in stocking feet, face each other and hold hands. Each person tries to step on the others toes while at the same time keep their toes from being stepped on.

You might remind the players to step lightly on each other’s toes so that others will do the same to you. In other words, follow this game’s Golden Rule: Step on others as you would want to be stepped on.

Concentrating on both keeping out of the way and going for the goal is a kind of trial by fire. Pressure on their foot lets them know when they weren’t paying close enough attention!

7. BALLOON BASEBALL

For Ages: 1-5

Baseball may be fun but those balls can hurt and are hard to hit. For young ones, use a balloon!

MATERIALS:

Balloon

Bat: Make a bat out of anything handy, such as the inside cardboard tube of a paper towel roll or a rolled up section of yesterdays newspaper secured with tape

DIRECTIONS:

. Give the bat to your player and toss the balloon to her. The slow movements of a balloon floating towards her gives her plenty of time to line up her bat, swing at the ‘ball” and get the satisfaction of “connecting.”

If there is just the two of you, take turns being the pitcher/catcher and the batter.

If there are other players, their job is catching the “ball” as it leisurely floats down. Who ever catches it can have the next turn at batting or give it to someone who hasn’t had enough turns.

After everyone gets all the turns they want, you can change the game to “Golf”. Use boxes turned on their sides as “holes” and players see how many strokes it takes to hit the balloon in the box.

8. BACK WRITING

For Ages: 5-12 years

Writing invisible letters on a child’s back a fun way to write a secret message.

MATERIALS:

Paper

Pencil

DIRECTIONS:

One person sits with his back to another and a pad of paper and pencil in front of him.

The other person, using his finger, “draws” a letter on the person’s back.

At the same time, that person draws on the paper what he thinks is being drawn on his back.

Keep writing letter by letter until a whole message is given. The message could be a clue to where a treat is hidden!

Take turns so both the writer and the person written on get to experience what it feels like.

Have an older child play this game with a younger sibling as a fun way to help him learn his letters.

9. SELF PORTRAITS

For Ages: Teens

Many teenagers go through a phase where they become fascinated with their reflection in the mirror, especially during the period when their faces make that change from a child’s to a young adult’s.

In this activity, you and your changing child can take advantage of this fascination by drawing your mirror reflection

MATERIALS:

Mirror

Felt tip marker

Paper (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Both of you sit facing a mirror and draw your reflection directly on the mirror using a felt-tip marker.

You can also draw each other’s on paper but don’t look at the paper until the drawing is done. This often gives a kind of Picasso look to the work

10. SHOE MOUNTAIN

For: All Ages

When the kids are bored but antsy with energy, here is a quickie that is guaranteed to win the hearts of all ages. Your twelve year old will l be just as excited to play this game as your two year old.

MATERIALS:

Shoes

DIRECTIONS

Pile all the shoes you can readily find in a pile in a large cleared out space in the room. Tell the kids that this is not a pile of shoes (silly them to think that!) but is actually a huge mountain and they have to start from a distance away and run towards the mountain and then with one gigantic leap, make it over the top of the mountain to the other side.

It adds to the thrill if the others provide a drum roll–slapping their hands on the floor or on a table or on their knees as the next Leaper makes her run and then when that person is in the air, call out her name!