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By Louise RichmondTeaching Assistant in a Reception class

Explore the idea of growth while cultivating plants with these creative and investigative activities


Girl with watering can


In this article:

  1. Build a beanstalk
  2. Growing seeds
  3. Cross-curricular activities

Build a beanstalk

Make a 2D or 3D beanstalk

Creative Development – Exploring Media and Materials

Development matters: Create 3D structures (30–50 months); Create constructions, collages, painting and drawings (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: Explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.

What you need


Jack and the Beanstalk story

‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ story ; junk modelling resources; paper; scissors; paint; a selection of string, wool, glue and elastic bands.

What to do

Retell the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Talk about the main features of the story: Who was in the story? What happened at the beginning? What did Jack do with the five beans? What was at the top of the beanstalk? How did the story end? Focus on the beanstalk – would a beanstalk really grow so tall overnight? If the children had some magic beans what would they like them to grow into? Where might it take them?

Invite children to make their own beanstalk. Encourage them to join different items together and ask questions as they work: Is the stalk going to be short and wide or tall and thin? How are you going to join the pieces for the stalk together? Are you going to use glue or sticky tape? How tall is it going to be? Prompt children to add features to the stalk: Is it going to have any leaves? What colour/shape/size are they going to be?

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