Greek Mythology Tree
Greek mythology offers up some of the greatest, most epic tales ever. The stories of larger-than-life characters, from gods and goddesses to mortals and everyone in between, serve as a great starting point to get your kid interested in reading. This family tree activity introduces him to some of the main characters in Greek mythology and is sure to entice him to follow their stories through to the end!
What You Need:
- Poster board
- Printer paper
What You Do:
- Let your child navigate to San Diego State University's section on Greek mythological characters: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/people/bdodge/scaffold/gg/greek_myth.html
- Alternatively, he can pull up a search engine and, with your help, find information about the following 14 ancient Greek gods and the two Titans that started the Olympian line:
- Print off a sheet of paper for each Greek god, goddess, and Titan.
- Together with your kid, read about these mighty rulers and their feuds for power. Isn't it hard to believe they're all in the same family?
- Time to assemble the family tree! Using a marker, he'll write Cronus and Rhea at the top of the poster board.
- Then, using a marker and ruler, he'll draw branches that extend from them to their children: Hades, Poseidon, Hestia, Demeter, Zeus and Hera. Use your print-outs as reference.
- Ask your kid to continue extending the family tree to Zeus and Hera's child, Ares, as well as Zeus's other children: Athena, Artemis, Apollo, Dionysus, Hermes and Aphrodite.
- Finally, finish by drawing a branch from Hera to the child she produced without Zeus, Hephaestus.
- Take a look at the family tree together and discuss how they're all connected. There's a lot more to these mythological figures than revealed here, so encourage him to discover more of their awe-inspiring tales!