TPiB: Rick Riordan “Gods and Heroes” Party by Michelle Biwer
One thing is for sure, the popularity of Rick Riordan’s multiple middle grade series based in various mythologies is only increasing. After the hit Percy Jackson series (Greek myth) that started it all, Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus (Roman myth) and Magnus Chase books (Norse myth) became NYT bestselling hits with tweens and librarians alike.
I created a “Gods and Heroes” party for middle schoolers centered around all of Riordan’s iconic mythological worlds.
When the teens first enter they spun a wheel to get claimed by their godly parent.
Greek Gods: Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Hades, Demeter, Athena, Hermes
Norse Gods: Loki, Thor, Freya, Frey, Hel, Ran, Odin, Sol
After they had been claimed I presented them with a claiming certificate and instructed them to complete their demigod training.
Demigod Training Stations:
Hephaestus and Blitzen Hardware Construction Station
Hardware jewelry creation (materials needed: washers, nuts, hemp, wire, jump rings, etc..)
Build Thor’s Hammer (materials needed: tissue boxes, paper towel rolls, duct tape)
Athena’s Wisdom Test
Rick Riordan Book Trivia
Ask the Oracle
Teens shook a plastic ball I filled with platitudes/predictions and received their “fate.”
Design Your Own Valhalla
Teens designed their own version of Valhalla in Minecraft or with LEGO®.
Scavenger hunt throughout the library. When they returned I gave them a prize (iron-on Camp Half-Blood patches I received at an ALA conference years back).
All of the templates I designed in Canva for this program can be found here.
Filed under: Teen Program in a Box
About Robin Willis
After working in middle school libraries for over 20 years, Robin Willis now works in a public library system in Maryland.
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