Reading fairy tales with young children is one of my favorite things to do. Taking a classic fairy tale and reading different versions provides the opportunity for rich discussion about the story elements. Retelling this fun Jack and the Beanstalk story is a great way to build oral language skills.
The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
In this favorite fairy tale, a young boy and his mother are poor and in need of food. She sends Jack to trade their cow for money. Instead, he meets a man that offers him magic beans in exchange for the cow. Jack makes the trade. He brings home the beans and his mother is furious. She throws the beans out the window in anger. The next morning when Jack wakes up, a magic beanstalk has grown outside of his house.
Jack decides to climb the beanstalk. Up, up, up, he goes and he sees a castle at the top of the beanstalk. It’s the giant’s castle. Jack knocks on the door and meets a woman. He asks her for food. She tells him that her husband, the giant, must not see him. Jack hides and sees the giant. He says “Fee Fi Fo Fum I smell a human one.” The wife assures him that he is mistaken and feeds him a meal. After the meal, the giant calls for his pile of gold. He has so much gold that he falls asleep while counting it. Jack sneaks out and steals gold. He climbs down the beanstalk and shows his mother.
When the gold runs out, Jack climbs the beanstalk again. This time he steals a hen that lays golden egg after golden egg. When the hen stops laying eggs, Jack climbs the beanstalk for a third time. He takes the giant’s magic harp, but the harp starts yelling for help to the giant. It wakes up the giant and the giant chases Jack down the beanstalk. Jack calls for his mother to grab an ax. They chop down the beanstalk and the giant tumbles down. Each Jack and the Beanstalk story ends in a different way with the giant.
Jack and the Beanstalk Printables
This printable pack is a fun way to extend the story. Use these Jack and the Beanstalk worksheets in your lesson plans to make learning fun.
Printable Jack and the Beanstalk Counting Cards
Help Jack count the gold coins, magic beans, or golden eggs on each ten frame card. Cut out the beans, eggs, and coins. Put the matching number on each ten frame. Another fun activity is to laminate the ten frames and use play dough on the matching number of spots.
Simple Jack and the Beanstalk Tracing Cards
Trace on the dotted line. Help Jack get the magic beans. Put the gold coins in the bag. Help the giant get the golden harp. Chop down the beanstalk with the ax.
Jack and the Beanstalk Alphabet Punch Cards
Use a.hole puncher to punch the letter J on the J is for Jack printable page. Punch the letter B on the B is for Beans fun worksheet. Using the hole punch strengthens little hands and fine motor skills.
Jack and the Beanstalk Puzzle
These 9 piece puzzles are fun for preschoolers. Print the puzzle and the blank puzzle mat. Cut the puzzle into pieces and challenge you child to put it back together using the blank puzzle as a guide.
Jack and the Beanstalk Activities
Jack and the Beanstalk Coloring Pages from Education.com
Fantastic Fun and Learning made this cool beanstalk using a cardboard tube, construction paper, and cotton balls.
Grow your own bean plant in a bag like they did at Pre-K Pages. Beans grow fast and it is a fun activity to observe. Then plant them in soil.
Lace a Golden Harp from Abcs to Acts.
Read your favorite Jack and the Beanstalk Books and
Download the Jack and the Beanstalk Pack
Clipart from Whimsy Workshop Teaching
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