Some Sundays ago, I had to help with a baby shower for a friend and knew deep in my guts that I did not want the traditional baby shower games. So I got thinking…and voila! I came up with a really fun game...(thank you, thank you).
Ok, this game is not mine originally but I tweaked it to work for me. I recall playing a similar game when I was younger but couldn’t figure out how it went. What did I do? I took the title and built a body into it. Here we go…
MOTHER MAY I?
Props: Balloons, tape, string, long rod with a pointy tip (I used a rod with a pin attached to it because I didn’t have enough time to get something else, but I advise using something safer), confetti and little notes with fun tasks on them.
Step 1: Scribble fun tasks on little pieces of paper and randomly stuff into balloons (about half the number of balloons)
Step 2: Fill all the balloons with confetti and pump, then tie with an invisible string (I used fishing wire).
Step 3: Using the tape, attach the balloons to the ceiling as close together as possible, forming a canopy.
Step 4: Prepare your pointy rod.
Rules: A number can only be repeated twice in one play…. Repeat till player is under the balloon canopy…. If player calls out a number without asking the mother, she takes 1 big step backwards
Step 1: Play some music and pass an object around among the guests (a scarf or paper plate/cup…anything). The item should go from one direction (right to left or reverse). Stop the song suddenly; whoever has the item when the music stops is the player for that round.
Step 2: Player asks “Mother may I?”…. Mother says
“Yes you may”…Player chooses a number…..Mother calls out instruction.
…repeat till player is under the balloon canopy, then..
Step 3: Player asks again, mother says “No, it’s time to POP!
…player tries to poke the balloons with the pointy rod. If successful, confetti drops and if along comes a note, players does the task.
Numbers & Instructions
Take 2 steps forward
Jump 3 times on the same spot
Take a small step forward
Make a full turn on the same spot
Take a step to your right
Take a step backward
Take 1 big step forward
Hop forward twice
Make 1 big jump forward
Take a big step forward and a small one back
Take a step forward
Take 1 step to the right, 1 to the front and 1 to the left
Take 2 small steps forward
Take 2 big steps forward
Take 1 big step forward, a small one forward and a smaller one forward.
Notes: Mother here is the mother to be (the one whom the shower is held for)
Players are party attendees
If dad is present, let him be a player also. Gives mum a chance to order him around 😊