Are you fans of Greek Mythology in your house? My kids LOVE learning about it and we have some fun books that we have read over the years. Today I want to show you how to make a Greek Mythology Family Tree. My son has read so much about Greek Mythology that he pretty much had this family tree memorized.
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 child 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!
How to Make the Greek Mythology Family Tree:
Start by researching Greek mythological characters. We love reading about them in our D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. The front page of the book has a family tree that we referenced for our project.
Also, you can search online and find information about the following 14 ancient Greek gods and the two Titans that started the Olympian line:
Together with your child, 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! You can start with Cronus and Rhea or Gaea and Uranus 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.
Ask your child 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. Aphrodite is off to the side in ours because nobody knew who her parents were. Hephaestus is actually Hera’s son, but not with Zeus.
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!
I made a printable set of info cards about each of these characters, with a few extra famous ones added in. There are 23 Greek Mythology Trading cards in all. You can use these to make your own Greek Mythology Family Tree!
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Also check out my post on the Ancient Greek Olympics!