Jack and the Beanstalk is a fairy tale that is often read to young children. As well as being an imaginative and creative story, it can be used as a primary school topic, examining plants, different types of beans and the value of money. It can also be linked to many craft projects, which allow your class to express their creativity as well as furthering their knowledge of the tale.
Draw a pattern onto the cardboard in pencil. To keep the craft on topic, create a 'J' shape, or a 'B' for bean. Students may also want to draw a simple face or person to create.
Divide your pattern into areas. The number of areas you need depends on how many different coloured beans you have. If you have five colours of beans, split the pattern into five areas.
Apply a thin but consistent layer of glue into one area.
Sprinkle a colour of beans onto the glued area. Move some beans around to completely cover the area.
Repeat for the other sections, using different colour beans.
Tidy up the mosaic as necessary by moving beans around and adding more if necessary.
Allow a minimum of an hour to dry.
Cover the sides of a plastic cup with paper and secure with sticky tape.
Draw a picture on the paper to show the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. For example, draw Jack with the cow and end with him planting the beans and his beanstalk growing.
Shape green construction paper or chenille into stalk like shapes.
Glue your stalk into the bottom of the cup. You may also wish to support the stalk using sticky tape, if glue does not hold the stalk upright. When the stalk is glued in place, it should appear that the stalk is growing out of the cup.
Attach extra stalks to make your beanstalk grow by taping them onto the ends of your existing stalks.
To make this activity more scientific, you could provide bean seeds and soil and allow each child to plant a beanstalk, or plant one classroom beanstalk and watch how it grows.
Tips and warnings
- To make this activity more scientific, you could provide bean seeds and soil and allow each child to plant a beanstalk, or plant one classroom beanstalk and watch how it grows.
Things you need
- Cardboard or thick paper
- Craft glue and glue applicator
- Variety of dried beans in different colours
- Plastic cups
- Sticky tape
- Colouring pens
- Green chenille stalks or construction paper