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Greek Crafts, Facts, and Activities

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind this website is meant for children, so I do generalize and simplify quite a bit!

Greece, a country in southeastern Europe, has some of the richest documented ancient history in the world (think, the ancient Greek gods)! It is an interesting country for children to study for this reason.

image of the spectacular rock formations and monasteries of the holy land of Meteora, Greece

Meteora Monasteries, Holy Land, Thessaly, Greece
Photographed by Giuseppe Milo; used with permission under C.C. BY 2.0

Greece, as the name suggests, is a country with Greek as its official language. While it is a primarily Germany-speaking country—with most of the population speaking Greek as their first language—regional languages like Macedonian (called Slav-Macedonian in Greece), Albanian, spoken in the center and the south, and Turkish, spoken by Muslim communities around the Aegean, as well as Arumanian (or Aromanian) and Bulgarian, spoken all over the country.

Greece is a country found in the Northern Hemisphere and the Eastern Hemisphere of the globe. As of 2021, the country is split into 14 political divisions (called administrative regions, nine of which belong to mainland Greece and four insular and one is an autonomous region): Attica / Αττική, Central Greece / Στερεά Ελλάδα, Central Macedonia / Κεντρική Μακεδονία, the insular region of Crete / Κρήτη, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace / Ανατολική Μακεδονία και Θράκη, Epirus / Ήπειρος, the insular region of the Ionian Islands / Ιόνια νησιά, the insular region of North Aegean / Βόρειο Αιγαίο, Peloponnese / Πελοπόννησος, the insular region of South Aegean / Νότιο Αιγαίο, Thessaly / Θεσσαλία, Western Greece / Δυτική Ελλάδα, Western Macedonia / Δυτική Μακεδονία, and the autonomous region of the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos / Άγιον Όρος.

Greece is bordered by Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey to the north and is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Aegean Sea to the east, and the Ionian Sea to the west.

Capital city:  Athens
Language:  Greek
National Symbol:  No official animal or bird; the Phoenix (mythical animal) is the national symbol of Greece
National Flower:  Bear’s Breech (Acanthus Mollis)
Currency:  Euro (EUR)


Greek Printables:
greek gods coloring page

Greek Coloring Pages

mostly mythology


word searches

Greek Printable Worksheets

Greece Word Searches

Greek Mythology Word Searches


Neat Facts:

  • The Greek Isles have more than 6 THOUSAND beautiful islands!
  • 80% of Greece is made up of mountain ranges!
  • Greece is one of the sunniest places on Earth!

Greek Myths:
Explore the Zodiac with Greek Mythology

Explore the Zodiac Through Greek Mythology


Arachne the Weaver

The Story of Arachne the Weaver


The Story of Icarus

The Story of Icarus

[Listen to this story]   [Print this story]


The story of Medusa and Athena

The Story of Medusa and Athena

[Listen to this story]   [Print this story]


The Story of Persephone


The story of Prometheus

The Story of Prometheus' Fire


Theseus and the Minotaur

Theseus and the Minotaur


Famous landmarks in Germany include:

Monasteries of Meteora

  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, "Meteora" means “suspended in air.”
  • The Monasteries of Meteora feature a series of many tall, eroded rocks where monks have built their monasteries; these rocks were formed by earthquakes and weathering (wind erosion, primarily).
  • Meteora is a popular rock-climbing site!
  • All 6 of the remaining monasteries are in use; there use to be 24!

Acropolis of Athens

  • The Acropolis of Athens is also known as the "Ruins of Acropolis."
  • The Acropolis dates back thousands of years!
  • The Acropolis was designated as an UNESCO world heritage site in 1987.
  • The Parthenon is the most famous building in the Acropolis!
  • The name "Acropolis" means “City on the Air.”

Mount Lycabettus

  • Mount Lycabettus is the highest place in all of Athens, which is the capital of Greece.
  • Mount Lycabettus gets its name from “Lykavittos,” meaning “path of the wolves.”
  • The mountain stands at 900 ft above sea level in the centre of the city.
  • At the top of Mount Lycabettus is the famous Horizon Café and Restaurant, a church, and a theatre!

Monastic Republic of Mount Athos/ Άγιον Όρος

  • The Monastic Republic of Mount Athos is the only autonomous political division (or administrative region) in Greece!
  • This autonomous region is an Eastern Orthodox religious enclave on Mount Anthos peninsula in Northern Greece.
  • There are approximately 2,000 monks living communally in monasteries or small communities called sketes.
  • There are over 20 monasteries on Mount Athos!

Vikos Gorge

  • Vikos Gorge is over 19 km long and drops over several hundred meters at certain points of the gorge (a gorge is a narrow valley between hills or mountains, usually with water at the base)
  • The Gorge is located in the heart of the Pindos Mountain Range.
  • It is listed as the deepest canyon in the world in proportion to its width in the Guinness Book of World Records!
  • It was carved out over millions of years by the Voidomatis river, a tributary (offshoot) of the Aoös river.

Greek Mythology and History Crafts for Kids:
athena craft

Athena Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Greek goddess of wisdom and war -- important character in many widely known Greek myths.


cyclops craft

Cyclops Toilet Paper Roll Craft

a group of huge one-eyed giants - most famous for their role in Homer's "The Odyssey"


dragon crafts 

Dragons

These mythical creatures can be found in fairy tales and folklore all over the world, including Greek mythology.


straw flute craft

Flute Craft (Pan Flute)


harpy craft

Harpy Toilet Paper Roll Craft

winged death spirits who stole food from Phineas the prophet


Icarus craft

Icarus Toilet Paper Roll Craft

flew too close to the sun and melted his wings


Olympic Paper Plate Wreath 

Laurel or Olive Wreath


Olympic wreath craft 

Laurel or Olive Wreath (crown)


medusa craft

Medusa Toilet Paper Roll Craft

snake haired gorgon who turned people to stone


King Minos Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Minos Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Minos was the king of Crete who imprisoned the minotaur in a labyrinth and who imprisoned Icarus and Daedalus high over the sea.


Minotaur toilet Paper Roll Craft

Minotaur Toilet Paper Roll Craft

half-man and half-bull monster imprisoned in a labyrinth in Crete


perseus craft

Perseus Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Greek hero who beheaded Medusa


phoenix craft

Phoenix Crafts

firey bird that is reborn from ashes every 500 years


greek pottery paper plate craft

Pottery Paper Plate Craft


spider crafts

Spider Crafts

Arachne, the weaver, was turned into a spider by Athena


trojan horse paper craft

Trojan Horse Paper Craft

wooden horse used by the Greeks to sneak into Troy


Zeus Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Zeus Toilet Paper Roll Craft

In greek mythology Zeus ruled the Olympians on Mt.  Olympus.


Olympic/Sports Crafts:
football craft

Franky Football Paper Craft

preschoolers and up

Football (known as soccer in North America) is Greece's most popular sport.


dove crafts

Olympics:  Dove Crafts and Coloring

before the Olympic games open there is always a big ceremony which includes the release of white doves


olympic torch craft 

Olympic Torch Scissor Skills Craft

preschoolers and up


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Olympic Torch Crafts

preschool and kindergarten


Animals of Greece:
Octopus Toilet Paper Roll Craf

Ocean Animals

Greece is a coastal country -- surrounded by the Mediterranean, Aegean and Ionian Seas


lion paper plate craft

Sheep

A big industry in Greece for centuries, there are still many working sheep farms.


Of course, there a lot more animals in Greece including sea turtles, wolves, bears, birds and insects.  Check out our animals section for a full list of animals from around the world.


Photos:
greek mythology photos 

Greek Mythology Photos


jigsaw puzzle 

Greece On-Line Jigsaw Puzzles


Poem:  Ferry Me Across the Water by Christina Rossetti - In Greek mythology, Charon is the is the ferryman who carries souls of the newly deceased across the river Styx into Hades, the realm of the dead.