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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

Capture the children’s attention with the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and they will delight in taking part in these related activities

Tall beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Tell the children the traditional story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Provide a large storysack full of props related to the story. Retell the story and allocate props to individual children. Encourage them to use the props at the relevant moments to help you tell the story.

Leave the storysack in your story corner, alongside other versions of the story and some story tapes. Provide finger puppets linked to the story in the story corner, or make your own from the ‘Finger puppets’ activity sheet.

Let the children play freely with the resources and encourage them to act out their favourite parts of the story.

Suggested resources

Jack and the Beanstalk (Favourite Tales series, Ladybird Books); large storysack (brightly-coloured cloth bag); props related to the story such as a handful of beans, pair of giant’s boots, beanstalk leaves, cow hand-puppet, golden coins and so on; story tapes of the tale; other versions of the story; finger puppets.

Make it grow

Do a good deed and win a leaf for the beanstalk

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Behaviour and Self-control

Development matters: are aware that some actions can hurt or harm others (22-36 months); have an awareness of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: understand what is right, what is wrong, and why.

What you need

Group size: whole group. Beanstalk without leaves, for example, a crêpe-paper stalk attached to a tall display board or wall; green paper; leaf template; child scissors; glue sticks.

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