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After having so much fun with our Jack and the Beanstalk inspired paper plate craft the other day, we decided to stick with the story for a bit longer and wound up with an activity that has already seen quite a few hours of use.
A magnetic story set that both of my kids have loved!
While our youngest, who’s not quite 2 yet, didn’t really understand the story, she had a blast playing with these fun characters with her big brother. Little man on the other hand, was really able to work on his reading comprehension skills and was so excited that he could act out the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with the pieces.
To make this set, we printed off the Jack and the Beanstalk characters, you can find the printable below, cut them out, laminated them so they would stand up to a preschooler and his little sister :) and attached small magnets to the back of each one.
They are super simple to put together and we even got a little science lesson in as we talked about how magnets work and why we were using them.
Once you have the pieces together you can use them in so many ways! You can use them vertically on the refrigerator or lay them out on a cookie sheet and let your child play with them there. As always, you should keep an eye on your child, especially if they still put things in their mouths, with the magnets as they could be a choking hazard.
For our activity, we actually put all of our pieces on the fridge and I had my little guy retell me the story from the book. From there, his creativity took off and soon he was telling me his own version of the story :)
If you’d like to expand the fun further, print out a second copy of the character pieces and instead of magnets, attach Popsicle sticks to the back of them for use as puppets!
And, as always, enjoy!
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