Name Acronym Fun (AKA NAF)

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Leisure
  • Transition
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
13+ yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Individual
  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)

Participants create name acronyms for their name, a family member's name, a friend's name, a TV/movie/book character's name, a historical figure's name, a musician/actor's name, an animal and so on.


Crayons/Pencil Crayons
Scissors (optional)

Set Up: 

Each participant will have at least one piece of paper and a pen or pencil.

Step by Step: 
    1. Explain what an acronym is and give participants examples.
    2. An acronym is an abbreviated form of a phrase or word using the initial letters.
    3. Examples are: FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), ASAP (As Soon As Possible), ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival), P.S. (Post Script). There are also many popular acronyms used in social media: BRB (Be Right Back), TTYL (Talk To You Later), LOL (Laugh Out Loud) and so on. 
    4. Participants are going to create a name acronym.
    5. The leader can allow participants to select what name they want to use to create their acronym, or the leader will give participants a theme they have to follow.
    6. Themes could include: family member's name, animal, historical figure, musician, actor, their own name (and last name), friend's name, TV/movie/book character's name and so on. If participants are learning about a particular individual or individuals, use this as an activity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    7. Participants will select a name and then write down an adjective, adverb, verb, noun, or a short phrase that describes the individual, using each letter of the name.
    8. Encourage participants to use dictionaries and thesauruses.
    9. Participants write the name vertically down a piece of paper.
    10. Allow participants to draw pictures as well and to be creative with their letters and words.
    11. Example of a name acronym (Simba from Lion King)
      S on
      I nnocent
      M ane
      B rave
      A mazing King
    Safety Considerations: 

    If using scissors, remind participants of using them safely.

    Adaptations (General): 

    Could do an acronym based on a location or thing, such as Canada (or another country), type of food, a game, a holiday, a sport and so on.
    The leader will select a name for a group of participants, and each participant has one letter. They will cut out their section of the name and put them together on a big piece of paper.


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