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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fe Fi Fo Fum! Jack and the Beanstalk

2nd grade students created Jack and the Beanstalk with a giant.  They loved making their funny face giants! Who wouldn't love these crazy guys looking at them?


Day 1
After reading the classic story Jack and the Beanstalk, students created the beanstalk out of paper towels and painted leaves. Next, students added Jack, which was made out of painted paper and construction paper, and markers for his face.
Day 2
This is the house that Jack built. (ok, wrong story) but the house where Jack lived.
Oil pastels and painted paper.

Day 3 

 First students created the giant's face then added a painted paper shirt, next they
traced their hands glue down onto the giant's shirt and added buttons.

Close-up of our giants! What a bunch of shady characters!

 Here are the finished projects hanging up in the hallway.

here is an example of a student who wanted to really mix it up! 
Check out the 3-D effect (no glasses needed)


  1. I love this project! It's just beautiful! It's a fantastic way of integrating reading and visual art. And I love the one with 3-D effect. Beautiful colors as well! Wouaw! I am sure you will get a lot of positive comments with this project!

  2. thanks! The 2nd graders at my school are studying Fairy Tales. I need an idea for Jack and the Bean Stalk.

  3. Fantastic work and really different too!

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  5. Love the colours and variety of mediums! What glue works best for the paper towel attachment to construction paper? Thanks for sharing your time management, too!

  6. Great blog sight...great ideas. Question: I have used egg cartons for paint, but they have air holes in the bottom. What did you use to block the hole without interfering with the paint? And do you add anything to the tempera paints to keep them longer? Mine dry up in 24hrs. even under plastic.

    1. I have those little holes too. After a day the paint will dry into the holes. I put a folder under them to keep them from leaking on the table. My paints do not dry out that fast. Every morning I refill the egg cartons, so it is all keep the paint moist.