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Faces and Names Theme Activities

January 6, 2012 22:50 by Barbara Shelby

 

So many things you can do with 'Faces and Names'! Art, Crafts, Games, Snacks, and more!  

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ART AND CRAFTS

COOKED 'PASTA FACE' ART

(This above image has actually been made using cooked noodles for face and hair!) 

1. Toss pasta (a handful for each child) into a pot of boiling water. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil to keep it from clumping together. Cook until the pasta is soft but not mushy. Drain and rinse with cold water so that it will be cool enough to handle. 
2. This sample is a face--but it can also be shaped into flowers or stretched  into scenic landscapes. For varying lengths, kids can cut the spaghetti with a plastic knife before pressing it onto the page.
3. To keep a favorite picture, cover it with waxed paper and top with a heavy book so that it will dry flat. The pasta will adhere even after it hardens.

This is nothing to do with 'faces or names'...but here are some variations:

If you're out of spaghetti, try using other pasta shapes. (Cook them all in the same pot.) Make a 'poodle' out of elbow macaroni or a 'fire truck' from lasagna)
TIP:
Add a bit of food coloring to the boiling water for bright-hued noodles.

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 MAKE PASTA FACES (For all ages)

 Make pasta pictures with any dry shaped noodle you can find. The more texture to the noodle, the better. This makes a great craft project.

You will need heavy card stock or construction paper, (the sample is on masonite) a variety of texture, and different shape pasta noodles and Elmer's glue. Allow the kids to be creative and design their own picture... or you can give them a theme to follow such as make this pasta face/head. Be sure to let the glue dry overnight or at least for a few hours. 

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    WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE WHEN I'M '100 YEARS' OLD?

 Have children draw a picture of how they will look when they are 100 years old (These can be hysterical) They can also write about the picture. What will they be doing? Their families? What will the world be like! Etc.

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Write the 'LETTERS OF YOUR NAME' in BUBBLE' STYLE 

Begin by showing students how to draw "bubble" letters. When ready...
1. Have children write their full name in bubble-style. Change the size and direction of the letters, using overlap, to add variety and interest. The letters of their names can go ANYPLACE on the paper. The 'goal of this project' is art/design.
2. Draw line patterns in the background, repeating some patterns, drawing some lines thick, others thin, etc.
3. When the background is filled, color the letters with markers.
Idea Source and Image by 6th grader of 
techytea
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PUT TOGETHER A 'GROUP OR FAMILY NAME BOOK'

Materials: Paper, markers, crayons, glitter, glue, stickers

1. Instruct children to write their full name in large letters on their paper.
2. Next have them decorate the letters and strips in whichever creative ways they choose. Perhaps you can show them how to draw 'Bubble or Block' letter before the activity. this would give them space in which to decorate within each letter--as well as on the paper.
3. A cover for the book would complete the project. Perhaps a creative child or you can make a cover.
4. When complete--staple or tie all 'name pages' together to make your group or class book.

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MAKE SHRUNKEN 'APPLE FACES--HEADS'!

  • Choose the largest, firmest apples you can find. The apples shrink a lot when they dry so you want to be sure that they are big enough to begin with. Firm apples will be easier to carve and will dry out much better.

  • The first step in making your shrunken apple heads is to peel the apples. You can core them if you would like, although it is not necessary. Next, brush a mixture of lemon juice and salt onto the peeled apple. The lemon juice and salt mixture will help to keeping the apples from turning as brown as usually when they dry.

• Next, you will want to take a paring knife and carve out the basic features of a face from one side of the apple. Don't go into too much detail since when the apple dries any small details will be lost. Focus on creating large features like the eye sockets, a nose and a mouth.

Example: To make a shrunken apple for a witch's head you would most likely carve a large nose, two deep holes for the eye sockets and a sneering hole for the mouth. Keep the shapes that you carve simple and larger than you think you need them to be since they will shrink as they dry.

  • Place the carved apples somewhere dry and out of the way. Turn them every couple of days -- in about 2 weeks they will have shriveled up into ghoulish little faces. You can speed up the drying time if you would like by setting them on a cookie sheet in the oven on the lowest setting or by using a food dehydrator, although it will still take some time for them to dry and shrivel.

• YOU CAN MAKE A BODY by putting the heads on small bottles (shampoo, dish soap etc.) Make a dress out of a piece of fabric. You can even use a small paper clip to make glasses.

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ROCK FACES

Find smooth, flat or round rocks. Be sure to clean off any dirt or sand and dry completely before starting. Paint with acrylic paints. Decorate faces by using google eyes, yarn for hair, markers, glitter, and any other tidbits you like. (Photo from shirtvalley.com)

Wonderful Extension Ideas are in the Stones, Rocks and Pebbles Theme...(It's about the seventh craft activity down the page...)

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"FACE AND NAME" ACROSTIC

This  example shows the work of 'BRIA'.... 

Directions: Instruct children to vertically spell their first name--letter by letter.  Children next write a word--usually an adjective-- that starts with each letter and describes them...

B = Bubbly, R= Rowdy, I= Intelligent, A=Amazing!  It's completed with a self-portrait! A great activity for the Beginning of the School Year--or of course to go with a "Faces and Names" Theme! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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  FACE 'FULL OF FEELINGS' COLLAGE... for Pre-K to Grade 1 children...

 At this point in their lives, children are just beginning to understand and express their feelings, especially simple emotions like happy, sad and angry.

An excellent way to illustrate certain feelings is to make a feelings collage. Have child go through magazines to find pictures of people looking happy, sad, angry, and surprised.

Create one large collage for each feeling. Have children  decorate the collages with crayons or markers in colors they believe represent each feeling.

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AN EXTENSION to the above activity...MAKE THE FACE 'DRAMA GAME'!

A great activity for talking about feelings is this one called “Make the Face”. The instructor calls out a situation such as losing your favorite toy or winning an important game. Each child makes the corresponding face or body movement for that emotional experience.
Source: preschoolwhiz.com

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 FACE SILOUETTE

Materials:

2 Pieces of White Construction Paper
1 Piece of Black Construction Paper
Pencil
Glue
Tape
Scissors
Flashlight or Lamp with the Shade Removed

  • Tape a piece of white construction paper onto a wall.
  • Have the person sit sideways in front of the paper; have someone use the light to cast a shadow of the profile on the paper.
  • Trace the profile.
  • Trace the profile onto the black paper and cut it out.
  • Glue the profile onto the other white paper.

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SELF PORTRAIT

1. Fold paper in half. Each half is labeled "September" and "June".
2. Children draw self-portraits on the "September" side and store them in their portfolios.
3. In June, complete the other self-portrait and the children's growth in fine motor skills is revealed.

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ME PUPPETS (A good getting to know you activity!) 
Grade Levels: 1-5

On the first day... or during the first week of school (unlike the remaining days of the school year),  children often don't want to talk about themselves.
Consider making "me" puppets. Use paper plates for the head, yarn for the hair, and construction paper facial features, with a popscicle stick for a handle.
When complete,  stage a puppet show.
 
The children hide their faces with the puppets and tell their classmates all about their families, hobbies, pets, etc.
Gail W.

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(A 'Beginning of the School Year' AND 'End of the School Year' Activity)

 

 

MAKE 'NAME QUILTS'!

On plain paper instruct children to draw four lines of equal distance across the paper...and then four line of equal distace down the paper. (If children are very young-you may want to pre-make and make copies of the boxes for them.

 

Using three different crayon colors of their choice, have children color in the boxes and then write their name 'letter by letter' in each box. (The sample 'Name Quilt/ Art was done by first grades students of Shannon Stewart)

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NOTE: Enjoy the other 'Art Pieces' at the bottom of this page--using names!. If you'd like to see 'larger' versions of the art...Visit the Art using Letters and Names Page.

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FACE PAINTING! or.....STICK ON TATOOS!

 

Don't forget to add 'face' painting to your theme! Always festive...It doesn't have to be as elaborate as this sample. A simple star, heart, or flower is equally nice! 

Along the same theme are temporary tatoos! Placed on the cheek of a 'face' of course!

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 NAME & FACE GAMES

 MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER NAPKIN 'BEAN BAG FACES' FOR GAMES 

This is a craft--but used for Games! Bean Bag image is courtesy of School in your Home.

All you do is crumple up some napkins into a tight ball and then wrap another napkin around and secure in back with a rubber band.

You can color the napkin with water-based markers before wrapping it or after. Experiment to see which works better. These inexpensive beanbags make for a fun activity for all ages--preschool and up! They would also make nice puppet heads!

Click here for Bean Bag Games...scroll about 60% down the page...

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BACKWARDS NAMES...
Each person writes their name backwards on a file card. The cards are put in a pile in the center of the group. In turn, each person picks up a file card from the pile, and reads aloud what it says. The group must guess whose name is backwards. (Pre-make cards to use “whenever”.) Example: If the name is Mary--backwards it would be y-ram! This one is great for transition times when kids have to wait

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STARING CONTEST...
No laughing, no poking, no nodding, no blinking--just staring into the eyes of your opponent to see who flinches first.

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Play PIN THE MUSTACHE on the FACE of a Teacher/Caregiver/Parent/Celebrity

Blow up a picture (or draw one) of one of a staff member...or parent or celebrity if this is for a home party.
Make/cut mustaches out of black construction paper. Place tape on the back of each mustache. Then the game proceeds just like 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey'.
IDEA: You could also get permission from the school principal (or a favorite school person) and pin the mustache on a picture of them!

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NAME, NAME, GROUP!
(A version of Duck, Duck, Goose)

1. Sit children in a circle.
2. 'It"" walks around the outside of the circle and taps each child on the head-- and saying their name.  (If this is the beginning of the school year or camp-the children may need to have 'name' reminders)
3. When "It" taps a child on the head and says the name of the group (such as Camp, Grade 1, Gym Class, Brownies, etc.) the 'tapped child jumps up and chases it around the circle.
4. If 'It' is NOT caught before 'It' gets back to the empty seat spot--the 'tapped child' becomes the new 'It'.

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THE BIGGEST SMILE
 
This is not a game, but a great group activity to see who can give the biggest smile! (Prizes or not--your choice) One at a time measure people's smiles with a ruler (or measuring tape). This is fun. You can also measure the zany faces!
You can take photos as you do this as people are smiling BIG!

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NAME TAG GAME
(A great game to learn all the names of a group that is new to each other)

Have children stand in a circle.
'It' is in the middle and says someone's name standing in the circle.
The 'named person' must say another person's name in the circle-- before getting tagged by 'It".
If tagged,'It' exchanges places with the named person.

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 SPOON ON THE NOSE on YOUR FACE TRICK
 This is one of the all-time great party tricks. Any nose and spoon will do. Breathe heavily on the spoon, or lick it (yuck!).
 Immediately after breathing on or licking the spoon, place it on your nose so that it is up high, but not too high. It can basically be placed anywhere on your nose, as long as it is on the ledge of it. Place it on the edge of your nose. Sounds easier than it really is.

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PLAY THROWING THE SMILE! (Circle Game)
In this game, players are forbidden to smile, but --giggling and laughing will abound anyway.
 
1. Players sit in a circle, making sure they can see everyone else. One player who is "It" starts the game by smiling widely, while all the other players are somber. "It" then uses their hand to wipe the smile off their face and throw it to another player--- who has to catch the smile with their hand -- and then put it on.
2. The new "It" can wipe off the smile to throw to someone else--(though he/she will probably choose to make funny smile faces at everyone for a minute or two before relinquishing the happy role.) Meanwhile, all other players must sit stone-faced. One smirk and they're out.
TIP:
The youngest players are the least successful at winning this game (they simply can't stop themselves from laughing), but they also tend to enjoy it the most.) From Cassie/Mi. Adapted from: familyfun.go.com

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ADJECTIVES and NAMES: "I AM..." CIRCLE GAME

1. Each player chooses an adjective (descriptive word) that starts with the 'same letter' as their first name.
2. It's nice if the word describe the person--but it is not necessary.
Example:
The first player -- puts and adjective before her name saying, "Merry Mary".
3. The next person says, "Merry Marry and then their name…"Silly Sally". 
4. The group continues around the circle until it gets back to the Merry Mary who began!
 
Can 'Merry Mary' repeat all the names with adjectives?!

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 SNACKS WITH A FACE! Some Seasonal and some all year round!

 

 REINDEER FACE SANDWICH

(1 slice bread)Peanut butter or filling of choice... 
4 mini pretzels
4 raisins or m&m's
2 mini marshmallows
Maraschino cherries or red-hot cinnamon candies
Plates and knife

1. Cut bread in half from corner to corner, making two equal triangles.
2. Spread peanut butter over bread.
3. Decorate as follows:

Place it in front of you, with the point facing you and the long side of triangle facing away from you. Place one mini pretzel on each upper corner for the antlers; two raisins in the center of each slice (the eyes) and one mini marshmallow for the nose...if you are making Rudolf, use a maraschino cherry or cinnamon candy -- on the tip of each short point nearest you for the nose). You now have two reindeer faces... 

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REINDEER FACE SANDWICHES in general...

 Just put  variety of bread slices, cheese, meat or peanut butter. Add and a good selection of veggies   and fruit...Raisins,

carrot strips, celery, olives, slices of red pepper,etc. This sample idea  from hamptonroads

  

SNOWMAN FACE

Give each child a rice cake and have them spread cream cheese or white frosting on the rice cakes.
Decorate the faces with M&M's, raisins, raisenettes, red liquorish, and baby carrots.

This sample by KidActivities uses cream cheese on the rice cake. It is competed with a baby carrot nose, mini-chocolat chip mouth, and M&M's eyes (Image by KidActivities.net)

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 TEDDY FACE...

Ingredients:
1 cupcake per person
Frosting (Any color/flavor you'd like)
2 Nilla Wafers
1 Junior Mint or large spice/gumdrop 
2 black or dark brown M&Ms

After frosting the cupcake, place a Nilla wafer cookie (for a muzzle) toward the bottom of the cupcake.
Stick a Junior mint 'nose' about 2/3 down the cookie muzzle.
Add M&M eyes.
To make the ears, cut the second Nilla Wafer in half; place halves at the top of cupcake.

 

   Make a SMILEY FACE TREAT!  The ways to do this are endless...

As a base use large round cookies, unfrosted cupcakes, bagels, bread cut into round shapes, or rice cakes.

Spread the base with a variety of ingredients such as peanut butter, cream-cheese, frosting, or Nutella. Add facial features using M&M's, spice drops, raisins, banana slices and/or veggie pieces! 

The image shown/made by KidActivities.net is a rice cake covered with peanut butter. M&Ms with a chocolate kiss nose complete the 'Face Theme' Snack! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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PANCAKE FACE

What child wouldn't love waking up to--or making these at home or daycare?

Just make pancakes as usual and put out a variety or food embellishment choices. Choose from banana slices, strawberries, raisins, blueberries, chocolate chips, peach sllces, nuts, whipped cream, etc. Don't forget the butter and syrup. Image by KidActivities.net

Tip: this little guy isn't photographed with butter or syrup--pour syrup over the cakes before decorating. Otherwise facial features will become all sticky. They'll be sticky anyway--but not AS sticky. (Many children like to pick up the fruit pieces and eat with their fingers!)

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  SANDWICH ART: Make a hoagie sandwich that looks back at you!

Ingredients:
Hoagie buns
Sliced lowfat cheese
Lean luncheon or deli meat
Shredded carrots, lettuce, or sprouts
Olives
Cherry tomatoes
Miscellaneous condiments (mustard, reduced fat mayonnaise, etc)
Toothpicks (or broken spaghetti pieces)
Clean work surface and hands
 
Make hoagie sandwich, using desired ingredients. On one end of the sandwich, use toothpicks or broken spaghetti pieces to position olives for eyeballs and cherry tomato for nose. Arrange shredded carrots, lettuce, or sprouts on top for hair. If desired, stick a small piece of lunch meat out of the "mouth" for a tongue. Source:
Nutritionforkids
 NOTE: Be sure to remove all toothpicks before eating!

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SUNSHINE or FLOWER FACE --which ever you choose! 
Slice some oranges and strawberries! It's that easy...

Kids can build on this healthy snack and add blueberries, banana slices, raisins or dried cranberries for facial features! (Image by KidActivities.net)

 

 

 POWDERED SUGAR  DONUT 'FACE'

 These are easy and fun! Simply dab a bit of white frosting to a candy corn and place it in the center of the donut (where the hole is)...This sample made by kids has regular chocolate chips for the eyes and mini chocolate chips for the mouth.

M&M's or gum drop candy could also be used for the eyes and mouth--and a cherry or gum drop for the nose. (Image by KidActivities.net) These can also double as 'Snowmen Faces' in the winter!

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LOOKING FOR A 'HEALTHY' AUTUMN SNACK?

How cute is this?! (Also--see note at bottom of snack)

Using a 'Sharpie type' pen... draw various 'Jack-O-Lantern' faces on Clementine Oranges! Small, seedless, usually sweet... and easy for children to peel. These make a nice snack to take to school, pack in the lunch box, or snack on at home! 

NOTE: KidActivities made these in the winter to add to the Halloween Theme. Visiting children thought they were wonderfully fun; they said we should draw faces on our oranges and clementines all the time! Great Idea! Draw some happy, sad, and thoughtful faces any time of the year!

NOTE: The marker did NOT go through the peel... (Image by KidActivities.net)

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 ORANGE SMILES...

 Very easy and kids like it!

Cut orange in half and then into wedges that look like smiles. As children eat the orange snack...they put the wedge into their mouths and over their teeth. Ta-daa--Orange Smiles. M's on the right shaped her wedge to resemble a vampires long tooth! (Images by KidActivities.net)

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HMMMM...IS THIS A CRAFT OR A SNACK? (KidActivities thinks snack on the left and craft on the right)

FACE EGGS

Use craft supplies such as yarn, ribbon and fabric scraps to create members of your family (or member's of your students' families) Attach with craft glue.

Add facial features using permanent markers for the mouth, nose and eyes. Cut a paper towel tube into different heights for Mom, Dad, sister etc.

Decorate the tube with construction paper for clothing. Place the painted egg onto the holder. You can also add the individual's name to the tube. Sample photographs show one plain face drawing and one with short tube. (Which are also fun!)

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MISCELLANEOUS IDEAS...

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE FUND RAISER...

Looking for a fun way to raise money for your favorite charity?

Hold a "PIE IN THE FACE" competition ... whatever class raises the most money gets to throw a pie in the face of the principle, teacher, etc.! The kids will love it!

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SONGS...

THE NAME GAME!
This is a song--but can be said in rhythmic taking voice. See info after lyrics...


Shirley!
Shirley, Shirley bo Birley Bonana fanna fo Firley
Fee fy mo Mirley, Shirley!

Lincoln!
Lincoln, Lincoln bo Bincoln Bonana fanna fo Fincoln
Fee fy mo Mincoln, Lincoln!

Come on everybody!
I say now let's play a game
I betcha I can make a rhyme out of anybody's name
The first letter of the name, I treat it like it wasn't there
But a B or an F or an M will appear
And then I say bo add a B then I say the name and Bonana fanna and a fo
And then I say the name again with an F very plain
and a fee fy and a mo
And then I say the name again with an M this time
and there isn't any name that I can't rhyme

Arnold!
Arnold, Arnold bo Barnold Bonana fanna fo Farnold
Fee fy mo Marnold Arnold!

But if the first two letters are ever the same,
I drop them both and say the name like
Bob, Bob drop the B's Bo ob
For Fred, Fred drop the F's Fo red
For Mary, Mary drop the M's Mo ary
That's the only rule that is contrary.

Okay? Now say Bo: Bo
Now Tony with a B: Bony
Then Bonana fanna fo: bonana fanna fo
Then you say the name again with an F very plain: Fony
Then a fee fy and a mo: fee fy mo
Then you say the name again with an M this time: Mony
And there isn't any name that you can't rhyme

Every body do Tony!
Pretty good, let's do Billy!
Very good, let's do Marsha!
A little trick with Nick!
The name game

Song Lyrics: "The Name Game"
Recorded by: "Shirley Ellis"
Written by: (Shirley Ellis, Lincoln Chase)
Single: First released 1964, re-released 1966 & 1973

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WHO IS HERE TODAY? (For young children)
Sung to tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Let's see who is here today.
Who has come to join our play?

Everyone sit close at hand.
Say your name and then you stand.

Let's see who is here today.
Who has come to join our play?

When complete, children stand and say their names.

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POEM...

SMILING

Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around a corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realized I had passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile and then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine, could travel around the earth.
So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick and get the world infected.
Author Unknown

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NAME FUN...Good for about grade 3 to adult--some younger children 'may' enjoy a couple!

WHAT WOULD YOUR NAME BE IF YOU USED...

(Examples of names included...)

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: First pet & current family car (Pixie Taurus)

2. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: Favorite color & favorite animal (Red Dolphin) 

3. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: Middle name, city where you were born
(Jean Detroit)

4. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: the first 3 letters of your last name and first 2 letters of your first name
(She Ba)

5. SUPERHERO NAME: 'The' plus 2nd favorite color and  favorite drink
(The Yellow Hot Tea)

6. NASCAR NAME: The first names of your grandfathers
(Joseph Anthony)

7. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: Your 5th grade teacher's last name, a major city that starts with the same letter
(Celestine Chicago)

8. SPY NAME: your favorite season/holiday and flower
(Autumn Daisy)

9. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit plus article of clothing you're wearing right now and add 'ie' or 'y'
(Watermellon Soxy)

10. HIPPY NAME: What you ate for breakfast plus your favorite tree
(Muffin Red Maple)

11. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: 'The' and Your favorite hobby/craft and favorite weather element plus the word 'Tour'
(The Designing Sunny Sky Tour)

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The below 'Name Art' is from Art Using Words and Letters Page...please visit to see larger versions...

 

 

 

 

 

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