This week we’ve been reading this Jack and the Beanstalk story by Nick Sharatt. It’s a lift-the-flap book which the children always love. It also came with an accompanying cd so we can play the story again during rest time. This version of the fairytale classic differs a bit than the usual story. For a start the golden goose is a hen and the giant isn’t so much into “I’ll grind your bones to make my bread.” My son had been doing a fairy tale focus at his school this term and that’s all I heard about for a week. With much glee he’d rant in his most giant-like voice, “I’ll grind your bones to make my bread.” And of course we couldn’t have the giant dying either as that’s a bit gruesome. He just lands upside down in the compost heap and is still there to this day apparently.
After we read the story we set about making our own little beanstalks. We used some clear plastic cups and put some soil in them. We planted 3 beans in each of the cups just in case one decides not to grow. The gardener told me afterwards that we should soak the beans overnight first to allow them to swell and then they will shoot quicker. I’ll remember that for next time.
We had some precut castles and clouds and we stuck these to the top of a skewer. We added some cotton wool to make our clouds all fluffy. Then we stuck the skewers into the soil and placed the cups in our sensory table tubs. We took them outside later to get some sunshine and to dry out a bit. The children were just a little enthusiastic in their watering! The plan is for the beanstalk to grow right up to the castle. We can’t wait until we’re back at school next week to see if they have started growing or not.
**UPDATE** 21st Sept 2012
This is what our beanstalks are looking like now (approx 2.5 weeks later)