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Are you fans of Greek Mythology and the stories of the Greek gods 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!
Who is in 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 Greek god family tree that we referenced for our project.
Also, you can search online and find more information about the following 14 ancient Greek gods and the two Titan gods that started the Olympian line:
Hades- god of the underworld
Poseidon- god of the sea
Hestia- goddess of the hearth
Demeter- goddess of the harvest
Zeus- god of the sky, lightning and thunder
Hera- Queen of the gods, goddess of marriage and birth
Artemis- goddess of the hunt
Apollo- god of healing, medicine, archery, music and poetry
Athena- goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.
Hephaestus- god of fire, metalworking, forges, stone masonry, and sculpture
Aphrodite- goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation
Hermes- god of trade, thieves, travelers, sports, athletes, and border crossings, guide to the Underworld
Dionysus- god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity
Ares- god of war
Cronus- King of the Titans and the god of time
Rhea- Mother of the gods, goddess of female fertility, motherhood, and generation
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?
How to Make a Greek Mythology Family Tree
Time to assemble the family tree! You can start with Cronus and Rhea or Gaea and Uranus at the top of the poster board. Use my printable characters to make your own!
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 mythologicalfigures 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!
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