Jack and the Beanstalk

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By Judith HarriesEarly Years teacher and writer

Engaging and fun activities inspired by the favourite traditional tale that will encourage your children to look at the story in a different way…

Children singing

Activities in this article:

  1. Musical interpretation
  2. Sum songs
  3. Brilliant beans
  4. Bean books!

Musical interpretation

Musical pitch games are a great way to introduce the concept of high and low sounds, often confused with high and low volume, or loud and quiet. To reinforce these ideas let the children match their movements to the changes in pitch, too.

Xylophone ladder

Look at a wooden xylophone or metal glockenspiel. Show the children how to play using beaters. Let them explore each of the instruments and listen to the difference in sound between the wood and metal bars. Turn the instrument on its side so it looks like a ladder with the longer bars at the bottom. Play all the notes from the bottom to the top and listen to them change from low to high.

Ask children to crouch down as you play the low notes at the bottom of the ladder. When you play the high notes at the top ask them to jump up. Talk about moving in steps up the ladder instead of jumps. Play every note from the bottom to the top and invite the children to mime climbing up the beanstalk as you play. Ask for volunteers to play the xylophone ladder for the other children to climb up and down. Repeat this game with the children turned away from the instrument so they have to use their ears only!

Jack in the box

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  1. rolley
    on 23 June 2013

    Jack and the Beanstalk

    Very good ideas. Thank you