Join us for a trip around the world as we “virtually” learn about different countries, cultures, foods, music and famous landmarks with crafts and activities. Each week we will post about a different country with tons of great activities to engage with children of all ages. This week we will be learning about Greece. Join us on an adventure around the world with Greek activities for Kids!
Grab this fun passport kit as an add-on to our global adventures. The kit includes a “passport”, stamps, stickers and other items to get kids excited about their adventure. You’ll see our passport used throughout the lessons.
- Interesting Facts about Greece
- Books for Kids to Learn about Greece
- Map Activity
- Greece Flag Activity
- Greek Folktales
- Greek Music
- Greek Animals
- Famous Landmarks
- Greek Craft Activities
- Ancient Greek Olympics
- Family Friendly Greek Movies
- Learn Greek
- Learn more about Greece with Little Passports: World Edition
- Field Trip: Greek Style
- Plan your trip!
Be sure to read through all the activities, gather or purchase any needed supplies (most are what you have around the house) and then decide which activities you’d like to cover each day. Each activity has suggestions on how to modify it for younger and older children, but feel free to get creative and share your experience with us.
If you like a schedule, here is a suggested 3-day “schedule” to complete all the activities.
- Read Books About Greece
- Locate Greece on the Map and do the map activity
- Create a Greek flag
- Listen to Greek music
- Learn some Greek words
- Make the Greek cookie recipe
- Learn about famous landmarks and do the STEM activity
- Have fun with Greek Crafts
- Prepare for your “Greek Olympics”
- “Greek Olympic” Events
- Watch Hercules on Disney+
- Enjoy a Greek dinner complete with salad, tzatziki, and moussaka.
- Plan a Field Trip
Interesting Facts about Greece
- Greek is the official language spoken in Greece.
- Family relationships are highly valued in Greece. Children often live with their parents in Greece, even after they’ve gotten married.
- The majority of Greeks now live in cities.
- The first Olympic games were held in Greece in 700 B.C. to honor Zeus, the king of the gods.
- There are thousands of islands that are part of Greece.
- Greece is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe.
Books for Kids to Learn about Greece
There are plenty of books about Ancient Greece, but not too many about Modern Greece. We’ve included a few options that you can either purchase on Amazon via the links or you can reserve them at the library for a low-cost option. Grab a few options, even if the reading level is too high for your child, they can still look at the pictures and maps.
Greece is a country located in Europe. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of Greece is Athens. Greece is bordered by Albania, Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.), Bulgaria, and Turkey. If you have a globe, help your child(ren) locate Greece on the map.
- Ask your child what they know about Greece
- Write down any questions your child has about Greece
Print the map below and have your child color the following areas:
-Color Greece green
-Color the water blue.
-Color Albania yellow.
-Color Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) grey.
-Color Bulgaria orange.
-Color Turkey red.
Preschool Kids: Color the map with crayons
Elementary Ages: Talk about the various regions. Ask questions about the map:
- What is the Capital City?
- How many islands do you think Greece has?
- Which countries border Greece?
- What is North of Rhodes? What is West of Athens? What is South of Mt. Olympus?
- What does a dot symbolize in the key?
Greece Flag Activity
The Greek flag has nine horizontal blue and white stripes, with a white cross on a blue square field in the canton position (upper left corner by the flagpole). The white cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of Greece.
Make a flag of Greece. There are many fun ways to complete this activity.
For preschoolers, practice cutting and gluing with the instructions below.
Older kids can choose to paint or hand draw and color.
For this craft, all you need are: (if you need supplies, click on the links)
- pair of scissors (kids) or paper cutter
- glue stick
- 1 sheet of blue construction paper or cardstock
- 1 sheet of white paper (preferably cardstock)
- A flag of Greece to refer to (to make sure you get the colors in the right order)
Step 1. Measure out 4 squares of blue construction paper that are 2 inches by 2 inches to form the cross. I marked off the measurements and let my son cut the squares.
Step 2. Measure and cut 3 blue strips of paper that are 1 inch high by 6.5 inches wide. These will be the stripes for the top half of the flag (next to the cross.)
Step 3. Measure and cut 2 blue strips of paper that are 1 inch high by 11 inches wide. These will be the stripes for the bottom half of the flag.
Step 4. Glue down the blue squares to make the cross on the top left corner of your white paper. Leave about a half-inch of white space between the blue squares to form the cross.
Step 5. Glue down the shorter three blue strips next to the cross, starting and ending with blue.
Step 6. Under the cross, leave 1 inch of the white paper showing. Glue 1 long blue strip, leave another inch of white paper showing and glue down the final blue strip.
Voila! Your child has created the flag for Greece. Hang it up somewhere or find a stick/dowel and attach it.
Make koulourakia (Greek Easter cookies). This is a fun and easy recipe that’s great for kids. The cookies aren’t overly sweet and are fun to twist into shape. Click the link below for the full recipe.
My son and I really enjoyed making the cookies. It’s an easy activity for even the littlest bakers because you can split up the dough and let everyone make their own shapes.
Visit a Greek restaurant to try new foods. Some of our favorite Greek foods include:
- Greek Olives
- Pita Bread
- Olive Oil
- Grape Leaves
We decided to order take-out from a local Greek restaurant for dinner, but here are a few recipes for Greek food if you’d prefer to cook.
- Greek Tzatziki – A thick strained yogurt with cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and fresh dill.
- Moussaka – a Greek dish made of ground lamb, eggplant, and tomatoes, with cheese on top.
- Greek Salad – Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives, typically seasoned with salt and Greek mountain oregano, and dressed with olive oil.
Greece is full of wonderful myths, stories of Gods and Goddesses and fairy tales. Greece’s culture dates back thousands of years, throughout its history, the culture has given the world a diverse collection of folklore. Greece has contributed tales of epic heroism and spellbinding magic with its Greek myths.
Here are some of our favorite stories for children that you can read online:
Looking to add to your library collection? Here are some other books below.
Listen to Greek music while you complete the activities. Ask Alexa to play “Classical Greek Music“, or check out this youtube video with beautiful images and an hour’s worth of music.
Greece has a wide variety of topography. Larger land animals include wildcats, foxes, brown bears, wolfs and otters. Birds are common around the islands, over 450 species have been identified.
So much of Greece surrounds the water. The majority of the animals include ocean animals such as starfish, sea anemones, seahorses, dolphins, whales, seals, and sea sponges.
Greek has many famous landmarks and Greek architectural design is something to be admired. If you have a little architect in your family, check out these fun activities where they can build their very own Parthenon or greek theater.
If you have basic wooden building blocks or keva planks, they work perfectly. Even legos can be used to build a model.
Of all the architectural designs used by ancient Greeks throughout history, three major styles have withstood the test of time and are today still used. These include the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles.
Examples of various columned architecture styles can be seen in places such as the White House in Washington, D.C. and Federal Hall on Wall Street.
This style of building is extremely stable and strong. Check out this STEM activity that you can try with your kids to demonstrate the power of using columns.
STEM Column Activity
Give each child a set of 18 paper cups and two cookie sheets. Challenge them to build a structure strong enough that they could stand on it. They will be amazed that the tower will be able to hold their weight!
Then see if they can build a taller tower together and try stacking books (or have them carefully stand on it again). Lastly, have each child place a cookie sheet on only ONE paper cup. Have them stand on the cookie sheet. Talk about why one cup couldn’t hold their weight.
Greek Craft Activities
There are so many fun crafts that you can do to learn more about Greece. I’ll share some of our favorites below. If you find more activities that you love, please share them with me and I’ll add them to this list.
- Coloring Pages – Click the link for tons of great coloring pages
- Make a Laurel Wreath Crown – See instructions below
If an Olympic athlete won an event during the ancient Olympic Games, a wreath woven out of olive branches —symbolizing peace in ancient Greece—was placed upon his head. Use the direction below to make your own.
- Take a paper plate and cut out the center. Cut a wedge from the hollow circle
- Cut leaf shapes from green card or paper and glue to the top of your paper plate. You can also use real leaves (like we did). It pairs great with a walk outside.
- Make your own Ancient Greek pottery
With Spring right around the corner, gather some small clay pots and let the kids decorate them from images in the Greek books. Then plant succulents to decorate the bathroom or small herbs for in the kitchen window.
Ancient Greek Olympics
Get moving by having your own Ancient Greek Olympics! This was one of my son’s favorite activities and great on a nice sunny day.
Grab all the members in your family, invite some friends or if you have a small family like ours, mom and dad get to play too!
Use what you have at home and pick from the list of Olympic games. Ask the kids to help come up with ideas too, that’s how we ended up doing a marshmallow stacking contest. 🙂 Some of the ideas are more traditional, while others are just fun.
- 50-yard dash
- Hula Hoop Contest
- Bean Bag Toss
- One Foot Hop
- 3-Legged Race
- Discus Throw
- Water Balloon Toss
- Long Jump
- Egg on a spoon race
- Relay Race
- Javelin Throw
- Frisbee Toss
Check out some action shots below of our 50-yard dash, egg and spoon race and archery (using our son’s toys).
You can get really creative with your “Greek Olympics” by having an opening ceremony with a torch, making medals for the winners and leaf crowns. Add as many or as few events as you’d like. We created a simple score sheet to track who won. As always, keep the games fair and fun!
Family Friendly Greek Movies
Looking for a family movie night option to go along with the Greek theme? Watch the Disney movie, Hercules. The hero, son of Zeus and Hera, was stolen by the evil Hades and made mortal. In order to become a god again, Hercules must prove his heroism and in the process, he discovers that becoming a true hero isn’t just about being brave and strong. Although it is not necessarily true to the original myth of Hercules, it serves as an excellent introduction to Greek gods for kids.
If you have Disney+ the movie is free. If you’d like to buy the DVD, click the photo below.
Learn more about Greece by practicing a few Greek words. Start with “please” and “thank you”. Then practice counting from 1-10 in Greek.
Learn more about Greece with Little Passports: World Edition
My 5-year-old is a huge fan of Little Passports, a monthly subscription service for kids focused on global learning. They have two versions, Early Explorers is meant for ages 3-5 years of age and it focuses on various themes such as music, oceans, and dinosaurs.
World Edition is meant for children 6-10 years of age and it focuses on a different country each month. One of the countries that’s included in the series is Greece, which is a perfect pairing with this week’s lessons.
After the first month (when kids receive their world map and suitcase), your child will receive souvenirs, activity sheets, photos, stickers for their map and suitcase, and access to more activities online.
Field Trip: Greek Style
Expand your learning with a visit to a Greek Orthodox church or attend a Greek festival in your area. Here is a link to a website with a list of all the Greek Festival based on month, city or province in Canada.
Plan your trip!
If you loved learning about Greece and are looking to plan a trip, check out these great resources from our friends at the Family Voyage.
- Not sure where you want to visit in Greece? Check out this post for recommendations on where to visit with kids.
- Looking for the top historic sites? Start your visit in Athens with this guide.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a virtual trip to Greece with your kids. Learning about new countries and cultures can be a fun experience for both children and adults. I created this travel blog for families to inspire others to travel and create memories with their family.
Continue the adventure with a Virtual Trip to England, a Virtual Trip to France and then to Japan for a third adventure.
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I leave you with a few photos of my childhood growing up in Athens, Greece with my family.
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