Implementation  of  “Από την ποικιλία των παραδοσιακών φορεσιών και την περιγραφή τους στην εμπνευσμένη δημιουργία σύγχρονου ενδύματος”(SOl-GR-312)

Author: KYRIAKI CHELI – Teacher of Physical Education in Primary School

School/Organization: 90th  Primary School of Athens

This  SoI  is based on the learning   scenario   :  “Από την ποικιλία των παραδοσιακών φορεσιών και την περιγραφή τους στην εμπνευσμένη δημιουργία σύγχρονου ενδύματος”  by Κρυστάλλω Καρακίτσιου.

 This learning scenario is about exploring the characteristics and variety of traditional costumes and utilizes digital tools and  Europeana  resources to provide an educational environment 

  friendly    and  favorable for the cultivation of interest in cultural heritage and especially in traditional  clothing.

I chose this scenario because,  a)  it is related to the subject of Skills Lab project, my students and me are working on,  which is Cultural Heritage / Traditional dance, songs and clothing of Greece    b) it is adaptable for younger students, like mine, of 8-9 years old  c) It is well-written, includes very interesting activities  and most, it is  inspiring.

Περουζέ από τον/την Άγνωστος δημιουργός – 1950 – Ίδρυμα Μουσείου Νίκου Καζαντζάκη, Greece – CC BY-NC-ND.


This scenario was implemented in the Skills Labs, in the Cultural Heritage axis (traditional dances, songs and costumes of our country).

  There is a connection with the Physical Education course where the students have been taught traditional Greek dances and songs. So with this scenario we also dealt with traditional clothing to make the reference to the Greek tradition more complete.

   It was adapted for 3rd grade elementary school students (8-9 years old), who worked in small groups (3-4 people), communicated and collaborated  and  took  decisions  under democratic procedures.

  The links of the original script were used, as well as   some  activities  at the first stage,  while the most  activities were made experiential and appropriate to the age of the students.

The scenario was implemented  by 18 students , in 3  teaching hours (stages of 45 minutes each)


  • I used the selected scenario and its resources, videos and links  on  the  europeana,   to introduce the students to the topic, spark their interest and inspire them. 

First, they watched a video about   greek traditional clothes  and then searched on europeana   platform  for more images and information about the topic.

  • A discussion followed about the special characteristics and variety of traditional costumes, why this is  and whether they themselves have any experience related to traditional costumes. Some students replied that they owned traditional outfits,  made by their grandparents and offered  to bring them to the  next workshop, so that everyone could have the experience. That was a great opportunity and I took advantage of it, in order to reschedule a more experiential next step (2nd stage).
  • The students then visualized men’s and women’s costumes by drawing and painting.

2nd stage:          IN THE CLOTHES OF TRADITION

  • We presented to the students  the original  traditional costumes (Amalia  and tsolias), they noticed them, touched them up close and, whoever wanted, tried them on.
  • We took photos, moved around the place, even danced wearing  the costumes, a traditional dance that we have already been taught  (sirto sta 3) , in the course of physical education.

Afterwards they  answered   the question: “What do you think about the traditional clothes that you have observed? ”. Their words  and  expressions  were used to form a digital  word cloud  by  WordArt .

                         The title of the word cloud image  is…  “ let’s  collaborate ! “

3rd stage:          LET’S CREATE….TRADITIONALLY

  • The students, in  the role of a designer and a tailor,   were divided into small groups (3-4 people) and with the guidance and support of the teacher, worked together to create their own, handmade, traditional costume (man and woman), in normal size , using  recyclable and reusable materials available at the school (paper, plastic) and other material (ornaments, strass ), which they brought from home.

Working patiently and hard………….

  • Through democratic procedures ( live voting), four students were chosen as  models,  helping with the sizes, wearing and presenting the results.

During this procedure, some “accidents”  happened  because paper isn’t a durable material but we fixed everything and that was also a “big lesson”  to my students.

The results, we are all proud of !!!!

                                 Our handmade creation is decorating the school lobby!

Admiring our creation!!!                                                                                         Photos by Kyriaki Heli

Implementation with many benefits for students

The students learned a lot about traditional costumes and appreciated the value of tradition.

They approached the subject in an experiential and creative way and this kept their interest undiminished and generated intense excitement.

They experienced facing difficulties and overcoming them so they developed self confidence and psychological strength.

They gained satisfaction and understood the importance of completing a handmade project.

They developed environmental culture by using recyclable and reused materials.

They developed creativity,  communication and cooperation skills, as well as feelings of satisfaction and pride.

They  strengthened their digital skills and became familiar with europeana platforms.

 Secure base and Important support

The scenario was an inspiration and a secure base for me, to plan and proceed to the implementation of the activities with confidence and efficiency.

The europeana platform offers plenty of material, well organized and a pleasant browsing environment.

The scenario was carried out with the help and cooperation of   a) fellow ICT teacher, who undertook the browsing of the europeana platform for more resources and willingly incorporated

  it to other  courses   b) the special education teacher colleague, who helped significantly in supervising and guiding the students during the construction part and also helped in the participation of a student with special needs, creating an inclusive environment.   

Did you find this story of implementation interesting? Why don’t you read about the related learning scenario? 

Από την ποικιλία των παραδοσιακών φορεσιών και την περιγραφή τους στην εμπνευσμένη δημιουργία σύγχρονου ενδύματος (EL-CUR-671) created by Κρυστάλλω Καρακίτσιου

Did you find this story of implementation interesting? You might also like: 

Do you want to discover more stories of implementation? Click here.

Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Rijksmuseum.

Leave a Reply

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial