Category Archives: Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack’s Beanstalks

We’ve been reading lots of different Jack and the Beanstalk versions this week and we finally decided that we needed to plant some beanstalks:


First we all got a cup and labeled them with our names…


Then we filled them 1/2 to 3/4 full of soil…



Then we dug holes with our fingers and planted the magic beans (beans that I’ve spray painted gold!)IMG_5000


Next, the kiddos made castle sticks for their beanstalks to climb!


Here are a bunch of them in the greenhouse. 🙂IMG_5002

I used my handy dandy Cricut machine to cut out the castles and clouds:

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I used the Doodle Charms cartridge for the castle (it’s really a sand castle, but I had it cut out without the flag on top).Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 8.34.38 PM

Then I used the cloud (at the end of the rainbow on the bottom row) from the Simply Charmed cartridge.  Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 8.38.15 PM

I used construction paper from school to cut out these cuties and I could get three castles from one 12×6 paper and three clouds from a 12×6 paper.  It reminded me that it was time for a new blade! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Indianapolis Chapter Early Childhood Conference

If you attended my Science workshop today, here is the Power Point I shared (and if you didn’t, it’s okay to look too!).  Please e-mail me or contact me by e-mail ( or by leaving a comment below. 🙂

Thanks for coming!  I hope you got lots of inexpensive science ideas to use in your early childhood classrooms!

Kristen 🙂


Jack and the Beanstalk

I found this great website that has an awesome version of Jack and the Beanstalk available for my K kids to watch.  They love it (and love the accent too!) and have watched it many times.

There are also other stories on this site that your children can watch! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Jack and the Beanstalk

We are reading Jack and the Beanstalk this week.  Here are some of the activities we completed today:

First, we sorted eggs that Jack’s golden egg laying hen left us.  She also left us a note, but I can’t find the picture of that! 🙂  She basically asked us to take these eggs and sort them.  We sorted them face down, so none of the children could see the letters written on their friends eggs.  They had to sort strictly on size.  We then turned all the eggs in that group over to see how close we were.

Next, we completed this sheet that has us sharing eggs with our friends:

Then, we created rulers (centimeters) and measured things at our tables:

We will be measuring other things with these rulers this week so this was just an activity to get our exploring out of our system! 😉  I’ll post more this week.

Kristen 🙂

The Grouchy Ladybug

We began our study of insects/bugs by reading The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.  After taking a picture walk and reading it aloud to the children, we discussed the clocks that are pictured on most of the pages.  The children learned that we would be learning about telling time and addition (with ladybug spots) this week during math. 


I have several sheets that I will post in the next few days that deal with telling time and ladybug addition…so stay tuned!  You can download pictures to sequence by going to my PDF page and searching for them–they will only download on certain computers (not sure why!!), and so far there is nothing I can do about it!  Sorry!  You can search on Google for images and print those out. 


We also checked in on our beans that we planted last week and noted our observations in our Bean Journals: beanjournal (you can switch these so that the journals take up 1/2 of a page side to side instead of top to bottom like they are here).





Our Painted Lady Butterflies (caterpillars really) have arrived and are eating lots and lots!  They have doubled in size since arriving last Thursday, so we will soon transfer them to our netting we have set up for them.

We also looked at our Scholastic News: “How Do You Know It’s An Insect?”.


I’ve got so many awesome ideas about Science floating in my head right now, and some ideas for Math Work Stations that I’m going to be working on this summer, so I’ll post as I think! 🙂


Kristen 🙂

Jack and the Beanstalk

Last week (yes, I’m a little behind) we read Jack and the Beanstalk, which ties in nicely to my seeds and planting theme.  We began by reading Jack and the Beanstalk (the version by Little Golden Books).  When we finished reading the story, we noticed that there was a large note hanging on our Morning Message paper:


The Giant had left us a message and some of his footprints:


The directions in his note were to find things that were the same length, longer than, and smaller than his footprints:




Tuesday, I gave the children plates of beans (the same ones from the previous week that they had already sorted).  This time, I asked them to come to a consensus at their table about which 5 beans that their table would plant and care for.  That was interesting!!  We planted them in clear plastic gloves so that the children could watch them grow and change over time:




I asked the children to make sure that they all planted at least one lima bean and then asked them to consider these questions as they chose their beans. 


Here they are hanging in the window. 


I introduced the word hypothesis today and the children though about what kinds of beanstalks that their various beans would grow. Some one asked if there was a way to see inside the beans. 


Wednesday, I asked the children if they could figure out a way that we could see inside the beans.  They concluded that they knew that seeds opened once they had been planted so one of the things that was used to plant them must be the thing we would need.  We made a list of things (sun, water, soil, love, air) and checked each one of the things off on our list.  We decided that we had planted seeds in soil on Monday, so that was taken care of.  We held our beans up to our hearts and talked to them (love) and although that did not work, it was awfully cute to watch!  We also tried holding the beans up in the air and nothing happened.  Finally, we decided that our experiment to see inside the beans would involve sun and water.  Our hypothesis was that one of these ways was sure to make the beans open so that we could see inside them!


We also decided to use our greenhouse rather than take the beans outside.  Some of the children were worried that squirrels and other animals might take the beans and we would not see what happened to them. 


In the greenhouse.


Soaking in water.

We determined when we would check on them and also wanted to write something down to show what we were doing:



Thursday, we noticed that the beans that were soaking in the water had expanded and cracked open, so we used magnifying glasses to check them out (I was at Science Academy, so there are no photos for this!! Sorry!)


The children then got to plant beans of their own to take home and observe.


Because we had quite a few steps involved in planting these beans, we made a list of “Lab Notes” so that the children could refer back to them if they forgot what to do next:


That was our week last week…now on to this week!

Kristen 🙂

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