GROW A FAMILY TREE
Start a memory-making tradition
Fe Fi Fo Fum, I smell a craft that is full of fun! Part of the magic of children’s stories is that they transport you to worlds where the impossible is possible – but what if you could capture some of that magic in your own home?!
Jack and the Beanstalk is a favorite tale because it amazes kids with the magic of a beanstalk growing as high as the clouds overnight and allows them to imagine a world that exists in the sky. It’s true that even in a non-magical world, the growing of plants and flowers often seems like fairy-tale level magic to young kids. Even to adults, the process of planting a small seed that (with some love and care) grows into something so much larger is awe-striking. This magic beanstalk activity, which uses a glass jar, allows you and your child to uncover some of the mystery of how a seed sprouts into a plant.
Materials: Glass mason jar, cotton balls, and dried beans (broad beans, kidney beans, and lima beans all work)
While Jack might not be able to climb up this beanstalk into a new world, it provides a magical look into the world of seeds and how they grow into plants that nourish us and contribute to beautiful landscapes. Bonus: no kids will be stomped on by giants in the making of this activity.