I love a great classic story, especially when we can work with our students to bring the story to life with a fun hands on activity. With this printable activity pack you get a full colour telling of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, plus learning activities and a STEM craft that will have students excited to tell their own versions of Jack and Beanstalk!
Jack and the Beanstalk Literacy and Craft Project
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The classic tale of Jack And The Beanstalk comes to life! Study, learn and create with this fun printable project.
The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
In case you can’t remember the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, it’s about a poor country boy named Jack. He trades the family cow in for a handful of magic beans which grow into an enormous beanstalk reaching up into the clouds. Jack climbs the beanstalk and finds himself in the castle of a very unfriendly giant!
The Power of Hands On Literacy Projects
The act of sitting with your child, taking time to read, create and assemble this craft together is such a positive experience in their learning journey. Whether you are doing it at home or as part of a classroom activity, this is one project your kids will love.
Young learners will read aloud, complete character/vocabulary and sequencing activities, and create a wonderful pop-up scene of Jack climbing the Magic Beanstalk up to the beautiful castle in the sky. This crafted scene can be used again and again to retell the story or as a special keepsake.
Jack and the Beanstalk STEM Craft
First you will need the printable pack. It is available in our shop here.
Next you will need to print about the printable pack, including printing the scene sheets on cardstock. Cardstock is needed to ensure it has the strength to stand and be 3D.
Students will also need:
Small, sharp scissors
Glue stick or regular glue
Adult hands to help little hands
We have a great tutorial video showing how to do this Jack and the Beanstalk STEM craft. Watch it to see how it all works. NOTE: the only sound is a bit of background music. This is a visual video. If you can not see the video, please turn off your adblocker as it also blocks our video feed. Thanks!
Step by Step Instructions
Now you have watched the video, here are the detailed directions.
Fold the mountain landscape scene sheet (colored side outward) in half, along the solid middle line. To make the fold crisp and sharp, use the flat end of your scissors or a butter knife to flatten it.
Cut along the dotted lines on each side of the rectangle. Only cut from the fold up to the end of each dotted line.
Fold and crease the rectangle shape upward, along the other solid lines.
Now fold the entire sheet inward. The rectangle will come out, forming even angles. It will look like a tall 3D shelf.
Fold the top edge of the sheet inward, along the solid blue line to form a little shelf for the castle.
Cut out the cottage, castle, Jack, beanstalk and clouds. Cut the shapes carefully, but it’s ok if they’re not exact! Your craft will still look great!
Apply glue to the bottom front part of the 3D shelf. Adhere the cottage to this flat side (see video).
Fold the bottom of the castle backwards, along the dotted line to form a bottom tab. Glue this tab to the top shelf in the “sky”. Position it on the right side of the top shelf.
Next, cut a 1.5 inch slit in the middle of the largest cloud. Thread the top of the beanstalk through the slit (see video).
Fold the bottom of the beanstalk along the dotted line to create a “stand” tab.
Glue the beanstalk onto the grassy area, under the castle, to the right of the cottage.
Apply glue to the back of the large cloud. Experiment with the position of the cloud so that it can reach the front of the castle, but will still allow the beanstalk to stand up straight. Glue the cloud to the castle, with the beanstalk coming through the top.
Now you can tell the story of “Jack And The Beanstalk” over and over again, using Jack as he climbs up and down the beanstalk! Have fun!