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What’s more fun than making a craft to go along with a fun story?
Making a craft that you can play with afterwards!
That’s just what we did last week after re-reading Jack and the Beanstalk again. It has quickly become one of little man’s favorite stories and since he loves it so much, we decided to have a little more fun with it and create a beanstalk of our very own.
You do have to plan in advance just a little to account for the drying time, but other than that it’s a pretty quick craft that your little one can use to retell the story over and over again.
To make the beanstalk, you’ll need:
- Paper plate
- Paint brush
- Green acrylic paint
- Green felt or construction paper
The first thing you’re going to want to do is give your child a paper plate, some green paint, and a paintbrush and let them go to town. If you want your beanstalk to be green from all angles, make sure you paint both sides of the plate. We were a bit impatient and so we only did a single side :)
Once your paper plate is completely dry, you’re ready to make some leaves!
You can use felt or construction paper as those are fairly quick and easy or whatever else you have on hand. Just cut out a few different leaf shapes (or have your child do it if they are old enough). Cut as few or as many as you like :) Use the opportunity to practice counting with your child!
When your leaves are ready, take your paper plate (make sure that it’s dry) and cut it into a spiral. Now, at this point, if you want to add either fishing line or string of some sort to hang your beanstalk up, poke a small hole in the very middle of your plate and thread your string through. Tie it off or secure it to the bottom side of the plate with a piece of tape.
Finally, use some simple school glue to attach your leaves and give them a minute or so to dry and you’re all done!
Pull up from the middle of your spiral (the middle of the plate) and watch as your beanstalk grows or hang it up and watch as it spins.