Jack and the Beanstalk

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By Judith Mason — Educational consultant

The game is based on the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk and can be played by two children or two small teams. It helps to practise sequencing events and to compose sentences using story language.

The game is based on the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk and includes elements that feature in most versions of the story. It allows children to practise sequencing events in the story and to compose sentences using story language.

It can be played by two children or two small teams, each playing with counters to represent beans and a cut-out figure of Jack. Adults will need to support the children as they play and provide sentence prompts where needed. The adult could also assess the use of spoken language.

Playing the game

  • Before you begin, place the red and green counters randomly on the beanstalk leaves – one counter per leaf.
  • The first player rolls the dice and moves Jack from his starting position up the beanstalk, one leaf at a time, to the number indicated by the dice. If Jack lands on a leaf with a ‘bean’ (counter) in his matching colour, the player must begin the story by composing a sentence to match the first picture. A word or phrase is shown below each picture and these can be used to begin the sentence.
  • After successfully composing the sentence, the player takes the bean from the leaf and places it on the first picture.
  • The process is repeated, each child or team playing alternately, to tell the story in sequence.
  • If the roll of the dice places Jack on a leaf with a bean in the other player’s/team’s colour, or if the bean has already been taken, play passes to the other child or team.
  • Players move up one side of the beanstalk and down the other. When they reach the bottom of the beanstalk they can climb up again and continue moving up and down until all the beans have been collected.
  • The game is over when a bean has been placed on all 12 pictures and a sentence has been composed for each one, to tell the complete story.
  • The winner is the player or team with the most beans on the story pictures.
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  1. Arthur
    on 19 September 2011


    i fink thet thas is prety goood thor a big piace of riting

    5out of 5