The Greek Life

Bring the Mediterranean into your home with some delicious cuisine and fun activities based on ancient and modern Greece.
By Kathleen Reilly



What to Serve
Gyros are traditional Greek sandwiches, and they’re easy to whip up. Marinate ½-inch slices of chicken breast in a mix of lemon juice, olive oil, ground mustard, and oregano. After a couple of hours, sauté the chicken until it’s cooked. Put the chicken on pita bread and top with a mixture of yogurt, chopped cucumber, and dill. Serve.

Vegetarian wraps
Start with a store-bought flat bread. Spread a little cream cheese on one side, and top with chopped spinach, sliced avocado, crumbled feta cheese, chopped tomato, and sliced black olives. Sprinkle a little Greek vinaigrette over everything, roll up tightly, and share!

Berry-Yogurt Bowls
Put a half cup of Greek yogurt into each bowl. Drizzle with about one tablespoon of honey, and add strawberries or walnuts (or both!).

What to Make
Olive wreath
In ancient Greece, olive wreaths were given to winners of the Olympic games. Cut leaf shapes out of light- and dark-green construction paper. (If you have only one shade of green construction paper, that’s fine, too.) Glue the leaves together in an overlapping pattern to form a wreath. (To give them heft, consider gluing them onto a cardboard ring; simply trace two circles onto an old box and cut out.) Hang them around your kitchen and then give one to each guest.

Greek flag
The flag of Greece is based on nine alternating blue and white horizontal stripes along with a white cross on a blue background. First, look up the flag online. Then have your child make one from blue and white construction paper. Or start with an old white T-shirt cut into a rectangle, and let your daughter paint the blue pattern with fabric paint. After it’s dry, pin the flag onto the front door.?

What to Wear
Here’s a modern take on the ancient Greek peplos, the robe-like dress you see on Greek statues. Let your daughter wear a long skirt paired with a cropped jacket and a scarf draped around her head.?

What to Say
To welcome a guest, say, “kah-LOS OR-eeses!” In Greek, “thank you” is pronounced, “eff-car-ee-STOH.”?

What to Read
A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology by Heather Alexander (Black Dog, ages 8 to 12). Ancient Greek myths are a big part of Greek culture, and this beautifully illustrated book even has a family tree so your child can keep track of who’s who.

Ready for more mother-daughter adventure ideas? Click here!