I am so excited to be sharing this fun counting activity here on Rainy Day Mum! This activity is inspired by the story Jack and the Beanstalk. Let’s count and climb up the beanstalk!
What you need for this count and climb Jack and the beanstalk activity
- Tall cardboard roll(gift wrap rolls are great)
- Green craft foam or cardboard
- Green craft sticks(or use plains ones you painted)
- Cotton wool
Setting up the Count and Climb Jack and the Beanstalk Activity
First, cut ten leaves from your craft foam or cardboard. You can add more(up to 20) for your older child. Add the leaves to the craft sticks. Then make slits in the cardboard roll for the craft sticks to fit in. Number these slots to correspond with your leave sticks.
For the giant’s castle: cut the cardboard in the shape of a castle and add the windows and doors with a marker. Glue this onto the top of the cardboard roll together with the cotton wool for “clouds”.
Time to play!
Stories are fabulous tools to use in learning because children naturally love stories and with a story everything is just more fun!
We worked on various skills with this fun activity:
- Number recognition
- Fine motor skills
- Counting up to 10
- Counting backwards, from 10 to 1
- Skip counting in 2’s
- Recalling(memory) and retelling(language) the story
Let your child add the beanstalk leaves, here he will need to use his number recognition skills, counting skills and fine motor skills.
Older kids can let “Jack” jump up the leaves in 2’s etc. to work on skip counting. When coming down from the castle, your child can count backwards until Jack reaches the ground. My son made an ax with leftover cardboard and at the end, he “chopped” off the leaves(pulling out the sticks) so the giant can’t get down!
We played this over and over(and over) again. Later he played all by himself and made up his own stories too. Thus making this simple toy great for imaginative play too!
A fun counting(and playing) activity to go along with the story Jack and the Beanstalk! I am sure your child will love it just as much.
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