Around the World
What do you know about Greece? When have you heard of this country before? Pull out your map: where is it located? Let’s stamp Greece in our passports! Watch this clip for an intro to Greek history & culture.
Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the options below:
Ancient Greek people decorated beautiful clay pottery, using a wheel just like today, with pictures of stories from real life - sometimes you can see basket weaving, cooking, fighting and ball games on their pots. The clay pots had 6 styles, and they were used for storing grain, drinking and pouring/washing. One of the styles was called Amphora, which was a large jar with two handles and a lid. What would you decorate your clay pot with? A story? A picture? Here’s an example of how to draw your own ancient Amphora, using just one sheet of black paper, one sheet of yellow or tan paper, and some pencils. For older kids, try using clay plant pots!
Color the Flag
Color the flag: change up the materials you use for decorating your flags as you 'visit' each country. Try playdough, crepe paper, felt, pompoms!
Greek Out: Dress-Up
Let’s play dress up and find out how the ancient Greeks dressed? An easy pillowcase toga and leafy laurel wreath for you, my lord/lady.
There is a huge ancient temple in Athens, Greece, called the Parthenon - a very grand and beautiful temple made out of marble and limestone, both very very strong types of stone. Today if you visit Greece you can see the actual ruins of the Parthenon - it’s amazing! For this STEM activity, try rebuilding the Parthenon from toilet rolls, or with sand?! Inspiration here!
The Olympic torch is a symbol of unity - togetherness - and represents ancient and modern Greece. A few months before an Olympics games is held, the torch is lit in Olympia, Greece, then it travels with runners from country to country - ending wherever the games are being held, either in summer or winter. The torch stays lit for the whole Olympics, and is put out at the very end during the closing ceremony. For your own Olympics ceremony today, click here to see how to make your own flame!
Craft ideas for littler ones, try dipping toilet roll ends into the colours of the olympic rings: blue, yellow, black, green & red, or have them bend colored pipe cleaners into rings!
Little Compass Olympics! The Olympics is the biggest sports competition in the world. It’s also a really big sports party: the athletes play sports and want to win medals, but they also celebrate getting active, friendship and being together. The first Olympic games took place in Greece, and when it first started a long long time ago it was just one event: a short race with a bunch of men who ran naked! To get active today, choose 2-4 events from the Little Compass Olympics week for some exercise - hold an opening ceremony, then try a solo or team sport, or a challenge from the paralympic events. We don't recommend doing them naked!!
Hercules - Disney movie
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Greek yoghurt with honey & fruit
Koulourakia: delicious Greek cookies, dairy. Recipe here
Tzatziki or Taramasalata dips
Greek salad: chunky cut cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese&olives. Recipe here
Lamb kebabs & rice