Jack and the Beanstalk simply couldn’t be a more perfect foil for hands on storytelling. First of all, Good Ol’ Jack doesn’t listen to his mother and mass chaos ensues. If you can’t make that work for you, then you just aren’t trying very hard.
Secondly, he grows a giant beanstalk that turns out to give him access to another world! If you’re gardening inclined, you can turn this into an entire season of good times by growing a bean patch in your garden. (Need a little math? Track the beanstalks’ rate of growth and have your kid calculate how long it would take to reach “the sky.” The earth’s atmosphere extends approximately 36,000 feet from the earth’s surface.) Plus they are delicious.
For an adventurous, hands on telling of the story, try finding a local sport place with a climbing rope, or putting one up using a sturdy rafter or tree limb at home. Talk about reinforcing the lesson- who’s going to forget actually learning how to climb a beanstalk?
Jack and the Beanstalk Lesson Resources
- Jack and the Beanstalk Story Guide from Speakaboos
- Freshplans has this list of lesson plan resources for this story.
- Here are a lot of printable activities for Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Jack and the Beanstalk Lesson Plans from First Schools.
- Free downloadable e-books with lesson plans
- Fairy Dust Teaching has some very hands-on themed math activities.
- Here are lesson ideas on the subject of Big and Little from 3 Boys and a Dog.
- More Big and Little Lesson ideas from Montessori Mom.
- It might not lay golden eggs, but there are plenty of other interesting things you can learn from this Goose Lesson.
- More on geese from First School.
I bet you have a dozen good ideas I didn’t think of. Why not put a few down there in the comment box?