You can’t study ancient history without learning at least a little Greek mythology. The gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece permeated nearly every aspect of Ancient Greek life. If you decide to look in depth into the stories behind these mythological characters, you’ll find that Greek mythology is not always kid-friendly. The stories are filled with violence, blood, and gore. They often have sexual aspects as well. Thankfully, there are several toned-down books that are still fascinating for kids. I haven’t included anything on these cards that I wouldn’t share with my preschooler. However, they contain enough detail to be appropriate for much older students as well.
The full set of cards feature 18 of the most important and well-known gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece. There are SO many famous minor gods and other mythological characters, that I couldn’t include them all in these cards. I may have to create another set at some point to cover some of the ones I’ve missed (like Heracles, Theseus, and Odysseus). Sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date.
The set includes the following Ancient Greek gods and goddesses:
As with all of my Montessori-inspired cards, there are several options when it comes to how to use these cards. You could just use the complete control cards with all the information for a quick lesson. You could use the split cards for matching activities or games and have the control cards nearby as a way for the child to check their answers.
If you’re looking for some books to go with this activity, we used the 4 books below. You really only need just one. For younger kids (like maybe 8 or younger), I would recommend the Usborne Greek Myths for Young Children. This is the book that I used the most with my 4 and 6 year olds and they both loved it. For older kids (through high school), my favorite is D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths. I received this book as a gift when I was 9 years old and I still remember flipping through it in high school and becoming engrossed in the stories. Although it would make a beautiful coffee table book, I didn’t care much for the writing style of National Geographic’s Treasury of Greek Mythology. The Usborne Illustrated Guide to Greek Myths and Legends was a little too dense and textbook-ish for my taste, but it would probably make a good library supplement for older kids.
Note that this post is part of a 4-part set on Ancient Greece. The other posts in the set include:
- Ancient Greece Definition Cards
- Theseus and the Minotaur Shoebox Craft
- Ancient Greece Historical Figure Cards
- Paper for printing Greek Mythology God and Goddess cards cards and corresponding control cards. (Note that the last 2 pages of each document do not need to be printed as they just contain legal information regarding sharing and image sources.)
- 15 thermal laminating pouches
Supplies & Tools:
- Paper trimmer or scissors
- Print the Ancient Greece Definition cards and corresponding control cards.
- Laminate them using thermal laminating pouches (optional, could also use contact paper or not laminate them at all).
- Cut them out.
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