Gender Reveal Ideas For Siblings - Make It Fun & Special! (2024)


Gender Reveal Ideas For Siblings – Make It Fun & Special!

Ready to tell your older children whether or not they are getting a little brother or sister? These gender reveal ideas for siblings willmake it a blast!

Nothing warms your heart more than watching your kids discover if their new best friend is going to be a brother or a sister. Because of that, it’s fun to make it a game for them.

Here are some suggestions for fun & active gender reveal games for kids. At the end of the article, I share the materials we used for our own gender reveal with my older boys!

Balloon Dart Game

Gender Reveal Ideas For Siblings - Make It Fun & Special! (1)Kids love trying to pop things! That’s why they love those carnival games so much.

For this game, you can create your own balloon game board. I recommend using black or darker colored balloons to help disguise any fillings you might put in. No matter the color, avoid blowing it up too full–it’s easier to see through the balloon when the latex is stretched tighter.

You can take a large piece of cardboard and create rows of blown-up balloons for the kids to pop. One of your balloons must be filled with a reveal of some sort. You could use paint, glitter, confetti–whatever sort of mess you prefer.

Fill one random balloon with pink or blue. Don’t go too heavy on it so as to create a bigger mess than you need to get the point across, but also make sure you use enough that it doesn’t just stick to the popped balloon and you lose the effect.

Have your older kids (and maybe even spouse) take turns throwing darts and cheering each other on. See how long it takes to find the balloon that reveals the answer!

Balloon Box

Gender Reveal Ideas For Siblings - Make It Fun & Special! (2)Balloon boxes are a pretty common idea now, but they are super fun for kids.

Get a few balloons in pink or blue. Helium would make this a lot of fun.

Have your older children open the box and watch them fly! While this is super cute outside, it could easily be done inside, too, to avoid littering. 🙂

For an added step of fun, you could wrap the box and let the kids unwrap it like a gift before they release the balloons.

Another fun idea with balloons is you could put non-helium balloons of your chosen color in a big garbage bag. If you have a two-story house you could stand on the stairs and have the kids stand below, or you can find another way in which to elevate yourself above your kids. Then have them close their eyes and start dumping the balloons on top of them.

Have them open their eyes once they start feeling the balloons. See if your partner can try to catch their look of surprise on camera!

Smoke Bombs & Silly String

Kids will find smoke bombs and/or silly string a super fun way to discover if they’re getting a brother or a sister, too. Decide what would make the most sense for your space.

For example, if it’s the middle of winter, I would choose silly string since it’s probably not a great idea to set a smoke bomb off in the house. 😉

For both of these, it would be fun to blindfold your kids and then either start the smoke bomb or start spraying silly string and then have them take their blindfolds off.

Kids are sure to get a kick out of these!Gender Reveal Ideas For Siblings - Make It Fun & Special! (3)

Scavenger Hunt

Gender Reveal Ideas For Siblings - Make It Fun & Special! (4)The scavenger hunt is my personal favorite and what I chose to do with my kids.

Scavenger hunt clues can be scaled to accommodate kids of any age, making this a lot of fun. If your older kids are pretty young themselves, maybe you will just do picture clues.Once they are 4 or 5, it gets easier to start incorporating easy riddles. You can make the riddles more challenging for older ages.

Here are the scavenger hunt clues I wrote for my kids (ages 5 and 2). The 5-year-old really carried the weight for the activity, but the 2-year-old got into it, too. It helps to have an older brother to lead you along!

We helped him with some of the clue reading, but he was great at solving the riddles and it was a ton of fun.

Scavenger Hunt Materials & Step-by-Step

Click here to open a full-size file for printing. Gender Reveal Scavenger Hunt

My intended answers are below, but your answers can be whatever makes the most sense for your family.

#1- Crib #2- Pantry or Fridge #3- Table #4- Washing Machine #5- Bookshelf #6-Bathtub #7- Rocker #8- THE REVEAL!

I have numbered the clues in the order in which I used them, but because this is a simple scavenger hunt for relatively young kids, the order of the clues doesn’t matter a whole lot. All they are collecting at each site is the clue for the next site.

Feel free to leave some out or skip around. The only one that really needs to be in the order in which it is numbered is the last one (#8).

To get this setup, you will need the following:


  • Printed Scavenger Hunt Clues
  • Scissors
  • Envelopes
  • Marker
  • Tape


  1. After printing the scavenger hunt clues, use scissors to cut them apart.
  2. Count out 8 envelopes. I used #6 3/4 envelopes and they were a great size.
  3. Label the envelopes with the clue number, except #1 and #8
  4. Put the corresponding clue in each envelope.
  5. For the 8th clue, you can decide how you want to do this. I put a note with “Girl” written on it inside the envelope and taped the clue on the outside. The 8th envelope was the only one I sealed just to make it more secretive.
  6. For the first clue, you will be handing it to your kids to get them started. You can hand them the clue as is, or put it in an envelope. I wrote a cute little, “Brother or Sister? What Will It Be?” type ofmessage on the outside.
  7. Go around taping the clues in a somewhat hidden spot! Harder hiding spots for older ages, easy for younger ages.


  • Remember to tape the clue that is one step ahead at each site. I know that seems obvious, but for those of you that suffer from “pregnancy brain” like me, it’s a good reminder. You tape clue #2 on the crib, clue #3 on the refrigerator, clue #4 on the table, etc.
  • Hand your kids the first clue to get them started. For older kids, it might be fun to surprise them with the scavenger hunt by taping the clue in an obvious place they will stumble upon after school one day (like the bathroom mirror, or sitting with a special snack for them to eat after school).
  • The last clue can be the reveal like I did it, or you can use that clue to lead them to the place where they will find the answer. When I did this with my son, he thought the clue was telling them to go to the bounce house to get the answer (yes, we have a bounce house, and it’s amazing LOL). You could correspond the clue with a trampoline or anything that would make your kids hop.

How did you share the brother or sister news with your kids? Give us your fun ideas in the comments!


By Holly Lee|2020-01-20T15:15:23+00:00January 9, 2020|Baby, pregnancy, Toddlers|4 Comments

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    Hari S NairJanuary 9, 2020 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Seriously, I haven’t come across such a unique post after a very long time. Never thought that revealing the gender of a sibling could be made this interesting for kids. This will not only become a very exciting event for the kids, but this will also make the moment memorable for them.

    Your game ideas are very creative.My favorite among them is the smoke bomb one, I am quite sure kids will love it. Peoplecan also make a fusion of all these games to create their own game to make it more interesting if they want to unless it gets too confusing for the children. I love your post, will surely recommend it to my friends who are expecting a second baby.

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      Holly LeeJanuary 9, 2020 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hari!

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    KylieJanuary 9, 2020 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Wow! Thank you for this interesting idea! Maybe I am too old-fashioned, so I have no idea about this. Although I really plan to have more children in the next 2 years. So, I think this is an interesting idea how to tell my older child.
    Of the several ideas, which I will most likely try to play with my child is “Scavenger Hunt” Because in my opinion, playing these games can stimulate his curiosity and make him think critically solving puzzles to get the answer.
    As an addition to the idea that I might consider also is to invite my child to play the maze. The concept is I will take my child to the labyrinth garden. In every post that he misdirected, I would put people to give him questions or punishments and give clues to him to get to his destination. Might be interesting.
    Anyway, thanks for your brilliant idea.

    • Gender Reveal Ideas For Siblings - Make It Fun & Special! (14)

      Holly LeeJanuary 9, 2020 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Less mess with the scavenger hunt, too!

      That labyrinth garden idea sounds like a lot of fun for the adventurous family.

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Gender Reveal Ideas For Siblings - Make It Fun & Special! (2024)


How do you involve siblings in gender reveal? ›

Taking a fun photo with all of the soon-to-be big brothers and sisters or including them in an activity at your gender reveal party are all good ways to include 'em—and hey, there's no shame in bribing them to participate with some lollipops.

How do you entertain guests at a gender reveal? ›

For example, hold a guess-the-gender raffle or have everyone guess your favorite boy and girl names from a list. Prizes for the winner make games like this even more fun! You could also frame a photo of your ultrasound and have guests play doctor and take a guess at the gender. Laughter guaranteed!

How to do a gender reveal where no one knows? ›

Gender reveal using silly string

Few things will bring on the LOLs like the parents-to-be covered in Silly String. This fun gender reveal idea calls for wrapping cans of Silly String with decorative paper so no one knows what color they have. Hand the cans out at your gender reveal party and let the stringing begin!

Who typically throws a gender reveal? ›

Who typically hosts the party? Typically, the expecting couple hosts the gender reveal party. We know — that's one more thing on your plate as you prepare for the new baby. But the good news is that, compared to the baby shower, it's typically a less formal affair.

Who throws a gender reveal party? ›

A: Considering the gender reveal is typically held in the earlier months of pregnancy and is the first official celebration of the bun in the oven, the parents to be often host the shower. After all, they are the ones deciding to announce the gender and share in the celebration with friends and family.

Do you give gifts during gender reveal? ›

In short, bringing a gift to a gender reveal party is certainly appreciated, but not required. "Gift-giving is a personal choice and so is the amount you spend on the gift," says etiquette trainer Suzy Lins. "Keep in mind that gifts don't need to be expensive to be thoughtful."

Do you do gifts at a gender reveal? ›

No, you don't have to but you can still bring a small gesture gift if you'd like. It's always thoughtful, however in most cases gender reveal parties are different and is NOT a baby shower. Usually at baby showers is when you do baby gifts.

Do you give gifts for gender reveal? ›

In short, bringing a gift to a gender reveal party is certainly appreciated, but not required. "Gift-giving is a personal choice and so is the amount you spend on the gift," says etiquette trainer Suzy Lins. "Keep in mind that gifts don't need to be expensive to be thoughtful."

Do you play any games at a gender reveal party? ›

Balloon reveal race.

One balloon will be filled with either pink or blue confetti. At a certain point during the party, start the game, having everyone rush to pop all the balloons until the baby's gender is revealed.

What is the best time of day for a gender reveal party? ›

Brunch is a great time to hold the party. You can make it a complete event with breakfast and lunch foods as well as mimosas — plain orange juice for the mom-to-be, of course! Since brunch typically occurs between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, it's ideal for many people who may have nighttime plans.

Do you play games at gender reveal? ›

Games for gender reveal parties not only make your gathering more lively, but they also kick-start the party and help guests get to know one another better. Not to mention, these games amp up the anticipation before the gender reveal occurs (or keep the good vibes going after it's done).

What is a neutral gender reveal? ›

Gender-Neutral Party—Gender Reveal Without Blue and Pink

Replace the typical blue and pink motifs with other colors of the rainbow. Every hue has a meaning — which changes across cultures — and you can decorate your party to coincide with your mood.

How long does gender reveal party last? ›

How long do gender reveal parties usually last? They're typically brief, ranging from 1-2 hours.

Where is the best place to do a gender reveal? ›

You can hold a gender reveal party anywhere. When you think about it, it's a very accommodating event without a lot of rules about the dress code, timing, or the activities involved. So, you can likely make any location work, whether it's at home, a local restaurant, or elsewhere.

What is the etiquette for gender reveal parties? ›

Because gender reveal parties are so new, the exact rules and expectations for the event are still unsure. However, you should always air on the side of respect and care. For that reason, always bring a congratulations card, anything the couple has specifically requested, and if possible, a gift.

How does a gender reveal party work? ›

Typically, the mom and dad-to-be invite friends and family to find out with them the sex of their unborn child. This usually involves their doctor writing the child's gender on a piece of paper that is then handed off to someone who creates the “reveal surprise.” You can read more on “reveal surprise” ideas below.

Can you have a gender reveal party and a baby shower at the same time? ›

A gender-reveal and baby shower is two events rolled into one party. It combines the concept of a traditional baby shower with a more modern concept of a gender reveal party. Most gender-reveal baby shower parties have fun games, festive food, and gifts for the baby and mom-to-be.


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