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Fairy Good Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk

Fee fi fo fum
I smell the blood of an Englishman
Be he alive or be he dead
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread

Anger issues, amirite? Well, our trusty Jack (who just can’t stay out of fairytales and rhymes) comes to reclaim his rightful things that were once his father’s. Jack and the Beanstalk is another great classic fairytale suitable for all ages. It has action, repetition, suspense, and a big, booming voice for the giant. All the kids be like this when I do it:


Age range: 1-8 years old with family

  1. Why are nursery rhymes and fairy tales important?

i.      Nursery rhymes are strong in rhythm, rhyme, and repetition

ii.      Learn the basic patterns of story patterns including plot, theme, and character

iii.      Can teach lessons about actions and consequences

iv.      Knowing the original tale builds a platform for understanding & appreciating fractured tales

Abra Cadabra
Abra Kazoom
Let Story Time magic enter the room (pull out paper with fairytale)

Jack and the Beanstalk-Storytell the original (2 minutes)

Action Rhyme: If You’re Jack and You Know It

If you’re Jack and you know it climb the beanstalk
If you’re Jack and you know it grab the hen (ba-kaw!)
If you’re Jack and you know it run away
If you’re Jack and you know it use your axe (chop chop!)
If you’re Jack and you know it take a rest

Fractured Tale: Jack and the Beanstalk by Nina Crews
**This was a perfect fractured tale to read-aloud. I skipped over some wordy parts but the photographs were uncluttered, big, and were crisp and easy to see by all the kids. The fractured tale had a fun ending where the giant and giantess were actually family of Jack’s neighbor and had been trapped under a spell after the giant’s greed got out of control.

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**I had the next two ready but the crowd was a little young so we skipped to the activities.

Action Song: Jack Climbed the Beanstalk by Russ Ayon (song?)

Fractured Tale: Jack & The Hungry Giant: Eat Right with My Plate by Loreen Leedy


  1. Create your own singing harp – threading activity
  2. Bean stalk with felt leaves ABC activity – For this one, I used felt leaves with puffy paint
  3. Jack and the Beanstalk picture


  • Yarn
  • Felt leaves
  • Blue construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Green tissue paper
  • Beans
  • Cotton balls
  • Crayons

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Harp used for threading with yarn
Harp used for threading with yarn

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