Greek mythology offers crafters a wealth of inspiration. Gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters, muses and sorcery and epic feats are all available as craft subjects. When working with children, choose crafts that match their age and skill levels to reinforce the lessons and stories they are learning about. Greek myth has many vividly distinctive objects and symbols that can become the centers to excellent crafts. Find a central, concrete image from the story you study and build on it to create a craft project.
The exploits of Greek myth can provide creative craft ideas. Odysseus devised the now-iconic Trojan horse to smuggle soldiers in to sack Troy. Young children can create a Trojan horse craft by attaching decorating a toilet paper tube with a head and legs made from craft sticks or cutouts. Fill the toilet paper roll with paper or pipe cleaner men to represent the soldiers hidden inside. Create Jason's golden fleece by gluing cotton balls to a plate or toilet paper roll and spray painting them gold.
Gods and Goddesses
The Greek pantheon offers many opportunities for interesting crafts. Children can draw lines to divide a paper plate into 12 sections and decorate each section with the name and symbol of one of the 12 Olympian deities. Another idea is to draw or create models of one of the gods' distinctive symbols, like Poseidon's trident, Hermes' winged boots or Hephaestus' hammer and tongs. You can also create helpful connections between Greek and Roman mythology by making crafts that associate one deity with his name in both languages.
Mythical beasts are another rich craft theme. The hydra was a many-headed monster that grew back two snake-like heads for every one that got cut off. Children can fold a sheet of construction paper in half and cut it into diagonal strips to make hydra heads that unfold into pairs of heads, then glue each strip to a paper cutout or toilet paper roll for a body. Other beasts that children can make as a craft include the gorgon, the phoenix, the cyclops, the minotaur and the harpy.
The myths of ancient Greece are full of the tales of heroic men and demigods, each with a reputation and, in most cases, a famous symbol or exploit. Theseus defeated the minotaur by using a golden thread to navigate the labyrinth. Children can hammer nails into a flat board with a labyrinth drawn onto it, then wind yellow yarn around the nails to trace a path through the maze. Perseus beheaded the gorgon Medusa using a mirror to avoid her petrifying gaze. Cover paper plates in foil to create your own gorgon-slaying mirror.
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