Now we are ready to conquer Ancient Greek activities. My boys are hands-on learners but I have found that does not mean a hands-on activity every day. Sometimes it is best for them to read and study a few weeks on a topic before I introduce the activities. Sometimes this momma needs to catch her breath with all the activities.
First I stopped by the library and cleared the shelf of all the Ancient Greek books.
Then I followed this formula for our “Ancient Greek Activities Day.”
- Pick a book from the pile to read.
- After they were finished reading I would ask them questions.
- What did you learn?
- What was the most interesting thing you read?
- Show me your favorite picture.
- Then we would do an activity and pick another book to read and do another activity.
Ancient Greek Activities: Vases
Before Christmas a group of bloggers were reviewing Art in History ceramics. The products looked really interesting. I decided to purchase one for my daughter, who is in high school. I did not have the money to buy three of them. But I found on Pinterest the next best thing. A sharpie marker writes well on a clay pot. I had 2 small clay pots around the house. My boys found this an easy activity to complete. Now I am saving the pots to break apart for a future Mystery of History of lesson where they get to be archeologists and put the broken pots back together.
Ancient Greek Activities: Three Styles of Columns
- Charcoal stick
- Tissues, for messy fingers
I had examples of each style. I demonstrated how to draw each style in pencil. Then they took the charcoal, outlined the design, and used their finger to shade.
Next we discussed the Parthenon and I sent them to their rooms to build it out of Legos. SHATTERPOINT Entertainment sells the Greek hoplite accessories.
I had hoped to do a “feet washing” before lunch but they finished their Lego creation and headed right to the kitchen and started lunch without me.
Ancient Greek Activities: Rap Rhapsody
I heard these crazy noises coming from the living room. I walked in and found my husband and two sons performing a rap about Homer.
We finished the day by watching “The Greeks, Crucible of Civilization” by PBS from Netflix.