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Jack and the Beanstalk Counting in 10s with the Giant’s Gold Coins

One of the TV shows my toddler and preschooler regularly watched was The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. In that show, they regularly counted in 10s and it was long before my kids were counting along with them. It’s one of the first multiplication tables that kids learn and this Jack in the Beanstalk Math Activity is ideal to work on counting with 10s as we use some of the giant’s coins to count to 10 and then count in 10s. So here we go a simple Jack and the Beanstalk Counting in 10’s maths activity for kids.

jack and the beanstalk gold coin counting in 10s hands-on learning activity for kids

Counting in “10s” with Jack and the Beanstalk

We love this classic tale and have had a lot of fun focusing on it with these activities. A lot of them focused on mathematics and early number skills which help develop number sense.

Counting in 10s is one of the first ways in which children meet multiplication, as 10s are one of the easiest times tables to learn you can start to introduce not only the words as you count along with this rhyme but also the numbers writing them down.

Counting in 10s with Jack and the Beanstalk-5

We have introduced a die as well as we move through the activity to add a little randomisation to the counting. Our dice is only a 6 sided dice but you could use a 10 sided die or 12 to work on numbers up to 100 or your 10 times table with older children.

Materials Needed for this Introduction to Multiplication with Jack and the Beanstalk

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Gold coins

Copy of Jack and the Beanstalk to read – see our selection of Jack and the Beanstalk books or pick up our favourite Jack and the Beanstalk Little Ladybird Library copy to share with your child

A die (6, 10 or 12 sided depending on the stage of your child’s development)

Post-it notes or a piece of paper/whiteboard to write the numbers on as you go

Counting in 10s Golden Coin Activity Inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk

There really is no preparation needed for this activity.

We sat down and read our copy of Jack and the Beanstalk taking time to focus on the gold coins that the giant has that Jack then steals away from him.

The coins in lots of the copies are stacked in piles this is the easiest way to count coins and also lends itself to working in 10s with kids.

Once we had finished the book we then sat down and counted out our coins – we counted out 10 and then made a pile.

gold coin counting activity inspired by Jack and the beanstalk for preschoolers

Then repeated till we had a number of piles.

counting out stacks of 10 coins

Counting in 10s we went along the piles, 10, 20, 30 etc…

counting in 10s jack and the beanstalk activity using the giants gold coins

Introducing numbers to the activity

This was an activity that we repeated as my kids’ skills developed. Sometimes we would use it with Jack and the Beanstalk and other times we would be inspired by a pirate theme or even a shopping theme and use the same idea there.

Once they had the counting out loud in 10s down we then moved to introduce the written numbers 10, 20, 30 etc….

learning 10s numbers using coins

First, working with the kids to place the correct number in front of the piles in order.

counting in 10s putting numbers in order

Then giving them a set of the numbers and asking them to put them in front of the piles themselves in order.

putting number in order from 10 to 40 using gold coins

Making the number of piles random

Throughout we had counted out the piles from a pile of coins we had set aside.

gold coin counting in 10s game for kids

But we wanted to make it a little more random so we introduced a die and rolled it to work out how many piles we would make.

I would get my kids to count out the tens on their fingers first to make a prediction and then do the activity.

Extended the Activity

With my kids we focused on counting in 10s first of all, but you could also use this activity to count in any set. 2s, 5s and 10s are the first 3 times tables that kids learn.

You could use a set of number cards with those numbers on and then ask your child to pick randomly from them to use the activity to count in a different number.

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jack and the beanstalk gold coin counting in 10s hands-on learning activity for kids

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