K-12 Instructional Activity Guide

Page 7 - Naming Your Invention

Name That Product
Invention Naming Made Easy
Naming Your Invention

Name That Product

A lot of careful thought goes into selecting the name of a new product. Often it is a catchy name that makes the first few sales!

Imagine you work in a company that has four new products on the market. Each one is briefly described below. You must think of a good name for each one. Brainstorm several names, and then circle the one that YOU like best.

  1. A new dog or cat food
  2. A new carnival ride
  3. A new toothpaste
  4. A new kid's magazine

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Invention Naming Made Easy

Pick one word/prefix/phrase from group A and one word/suffix/phrase from group B that seem to really "fit" your invention. Now put them together. Try saying them quickly, and then reverse the word order. Add other words and try several different combinations to see if you can come up something you like. Ask you friends what they think. Who knows? Your invention name may be right in front of your eyes!

Group A
Group B
aqua
travel
thermo
medi
elec
opti
work
pest
mega
baby
audio
E-Z
presto
tele
all-in-one
nite
kiddie
photo
handi
micro
pet
sleep
auto
accu
compu
safety
farmer's
quick
info
super
step
pro
cosy
mini
master
izer
2000
meter
ator
aid
saver
mate
be-gone
max
buddy
tote
rider
no-more
finder
shield
pal
away
minder
n' go
buster
a-tron
ease
alarm
- o
feeder
glow
flex
freeze
shovel
helper
sure
alert
tech

Add your own ideas to the groups above!

List below some of your favorite ideas for naming your invention. Then pick the one you like best!













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Naming Your Invention

Now that you have invented something really great, your invention deserves an equally great name. There are many ways to name your invention. Look at the ways others have come up with names for their inventions to help you get started!

Some inventions have names that tell how they work or what they do:
dog house
can opener
hide-a-bed
rocking chair
seat belt
surfboard

Some inventions are named after their inventor:
Braille Alphabet
Heinz Ketchup
Sousaphone
Ferris Wheel
Jacuzzi
Levi's Jeans

Some inventions are named after what they are made of:
aluminum foil
rubber cement
waxed paper
tin can

Some inventions are named by combining funny, clever rhyming or repeating words or word sounds together:
Hula Hoop
Weed Wacker
Cracker Jacks
Slinky

List some of your ideas below. Then ask your friends and family which names they like to help you decide on the best name for your invention!

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