Greece Crafts for Preschoolers

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Even preschoolers can get in on the craft fun with a few special projects that are right up their alleys. Learn about Greece crafts for preschoolers with help from a graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hey, everybody. My name is Gene. I am a graphic designer and illustrator and I'm a history buff. I've been a graphic designer and illustrator for 15 years-ish professionally. I've been a history buff as far back as I can remember, as soon as I was born. I want to know how everything works and the fact that we have thousands of years worth of writing and history, always fascinated me because then you get to see how humanity works and that was always really cool. So one of the great eras in human civilization was the Greek times. We have Athens. We have Sparta. We have Arcadia, a whole bunch of other great city states that were essentially the model for our current civilization. So now, let's talk about teaching you young kids some of this. A lot of this you can teach them if you make it a little more fun, we're talking the younger ones here, you know, maybe the older ones, the teenagers when you can get them off the phone and off of the video games. They might be interested a little bit more in history but the younger ones you can teach them real early and the great thing about Greek architecture for example, was that everything was made out of simple shapes. Now I'm going to show you how to do the Parthenon today and the Parthenon was a temple to Athena. It basically is made of Greek columns, okay and the columns are essentially just long rectangles and then the roof is basically just a triangle. So these are concepts that your child, your young child can grasp really easily. So let's jump right into the project, let's see what we've got. So one of the great things about ancient Greece is that all the architecture was so simple, so basic that it should be real easy to wrap your preschooler's head around it. The first thing we want to do is divide this white piece of paper into basically into thirds. So if this was half I'm just going to eye this up. You can do it with a ruler if you want, I'm going to say right around here would be a third because this would be a quarter, one, two, three, bam, that's my story I'm sticking to it. Okay, I'm just going to take and draw a straight line right across and in fact this one usually I wouldn't use a ruler for it but this one I just want to be a little more exact so I'm going to use this cardboard here, a straight piece of paper. Okay, now what you want to do is you want to take let's say another third, let's just stick to thirds, somewhere in this neighborhood. We're drawing a Parthenon by the way. The Parthenon as everybody I'm sure knows is the ancient Athenian temple to the Goddess Athena which is where Athens takes their names, Athens, Athena and one of the great parts of all Greek architecture is it's so simple, the top of the Parthenon, the front facing part is just a triangle and if you want to get really creative you know you can draw the intersection of the triangle. If you want to get really creative you can draw everything that takes place in here but since we're talking preschoolers we want this to be real easy. Now you might need to help them a little bit with the cutting, depending on how adept your preschooler is at using safety scissors and I do recommend that you watch them while they're cutting, cut out these two triangles here and then cut up. I just cut all the way up because why not? And then go straight across and this is just a regular 8 and 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and I'm going to cut this one straight across, on the other hypotenuse of the triangle. Now one of the great things about this is once you're done with this craft, other kids are going to be learning how to write their name, learning, you know, ABCs, you know at the preschool age and your child is going to be making a Parthenon and bringing that in to show and tell. She's going to be like hey look kids this is the Parthenon, it's named after the ancient Greek city or excuse me, Goddess, Athena. And so what we want to do is the Parthenon triangular top and then it just has a bunch of columns down the front so take, these columns are going to be about an inch oh maybe three quarters of an inch, somewhere in that neighborhood but you want them to all to be the same distance apart and if you're not as good at eying these up as I am, I'd recommend you get a ruler, there we go. I'm just going to do a couple of these and show you how they're done and you just want to cut them straight out. Safety scissors remember, nobody wants to get hurt. Just cut straight down the line and you can cut a bunch of these columns out real quickly. Now if you want, you can count out the exact number of columns and I would recommend if you're going to do it that way it's real easy to count out the number of columns first and then after you're done with that you'll know how big to make the top part, but, unless you have a really smart preschooler who already knows math, already knows how to count, they're probably not going to remember how many columns go into the Parthenon anyway. I'm going to grab my blue piece of construction paper and then all you're going to do is you're going to take all of your Greek columns, one by one and glue them to the page and make them equally spaced and then just put the Parthenon roof right on top. Now, in order to get the sizing right remember this probably needs two more. I'm not going to cut them out but in order to get the sizing right, you could even push that down a little bit, so I would say two more for this and you have a Parthenon, something every preschooler can do. It's very simple shapes and how cool will it be when your four or five year old is recognizing Greek architecture while everybody else is learning their ABCs. That's all there is to it. Like I said, these are very simple shapes and if you look around Greece a little bit more, you're going to find that they're a ton of landmarks, of buildings that you can actually reproduce very simply with your child and as you're doing it, teach them what these are, teach them a little bit about the history and again, this is just one great way to make learning fun. So thanks for watching guys, get out of here you crazy kids, go look up some history.

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