Today we explored the lives of ancient Greeks. We began by dressing up in togas and gold vine head pieces.
The boys then helped to make dough to make Artos bread, a Greek ceremonial bread that dates back to ancient times. We used this recipe.
Whilst the dough was rising we played with some oven bake clay. The ancient Greeks are famous for their pottery, so we tried to make our own decorative plates, cups and bowls. We already had some polymer clay in the cupboard, but you could use uncoloured clay and then paint it after.
We then learnt a little bit about Greek mythology and watched Disney’s Hercules. This was the first time for the boys watching it and they loved it!
After the film had finished it was time to put the bread in the oven, so whilst it baked we thought about other things the ancient Greeks liked to do. So we went into the garden and hosted are own mini Olympics, the Olympics of course began in ancient Greece. The boys competed against each other in running, bean bag toss and long jump. Noah won both the running and bean bag toss, but Tommy won the long jump (he may have cheated). Another popular sport in ancient Greece was wrestling, the boys are pros at this with each other, but unfortunately I can’t encourage it.
Once the bread had finished baking we left it to cool. Once it was cool enough to eat (we couldn’t wait long enough for it to cool completely), we diced up some feta cheese and grapes and tasted some flavours of ancient Greece. The Artos bread is delicious, we will definitely be making that again. Noah was also a fan of the feta cheese, but Tommy wasn’t sure.
Fun Fact: The ancient Greeks competed naked in the Olympics. Whilst I’m sure the boys would have been happy enough with this, it wouldn’t have been suitable for our blog, so we took the modern approach and kept the clothes on.