Giants and Beans

Cat Sandion returns with more songs, rhymes and listening games to join in with and the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’

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15 minutes

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Tue 27 Sep 2016 03:00

In this programme...

Listening game:

Identify Individual sounds:
  • Cow mooing
  • Cow bell
  • Goose honking
  • Loud footsteps
  • Quiet footsteps
  • Giant footsteps
Song: 'Oats and Beans and Barley grow'

Oats and beans and barley grow,
Oats and beans and barley grow,

(Indicate plants growing from ground up)
Not you, nor I nor anyone know,
(Point to own chest, and to others)
How oats and beans and barley grow.

First the farmer sows the seed,
(Scatter seeds around)
Then he stands and takes his ease,
(Stands with hands on hips and legs apart)
Stamps his feet and claps his hand,
And turns around to view the land.
(turn around, shading eyes with hand)

Children can listen the first time and then join in with the actions when the rhyme is repeated.

Story time: 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

Once upon a growing time...

If possible, to hold attention, use soft toys, puppets or pictures to represent the characters. You could perhaps use a bag containing ‘magic beans’ and ‘golden eggs’ (runner beans, or broad beans which have been sprayed gold or silver, wooden eggs - sprayed gold). These can be used to help sequence the story on subsequent retelling.

Final song: 'Goosey, goosey, goosey'

During the song encourage the children to clap along with the rhythm.

Follow-up ideas:
  • Make giant pictures and/ or a collection of ‘giant’ resources such as giant keys, pencils, jewels etc. These can then be used as provocations - eg lost ‘giant’ keys to the castle (perhaps tiny keys...for a fairy castle?) write or receive a ‘giant’ letter.
  • Discuss what you would do if a goose laid a golden egg for you?
  • Counting eggs focus: how many eggs do we need for everyone to have one each?
  • Growing focus: plant different kinds of beans, broad beans, runner beans, kidney beans and record their development, which grows fastest, tallest? Take photographs to record growth and then make a display of the sequence.