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DIY Jack and the Beanstalk

by Deborah Song

Watch Your Beanstalk Grow!

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Step 2: Push in a stake -

After patting the soil, push in a stake or two. The stake(s) will help the bean plants grow upright.

Optional: Using a plant tie or an adhesive, attach a ‘giant,’ ‘gold coin,’ ‘hen’ or other objects from the story onto the stake. (This optional step will not help the plant grow, but it may grow your child’s imagination.)

Step 3: Water the beanstalk -

Water morning and night, and place your beanstalk where it will get plenty of sunlight. Within 7 to 10 days, you will start to see "magic" sprout. When your beanstalks grow taller, tie them to the stake(s) using the gardening tie to ensure an upright growth.

Your kids will enjoy learning and growing their very own Jack and the Beanstalk for weeks and weeks! Best of all, you can harvest the beans and put them into your favorite soup or chili recipe!

Check out these other Spring Activities here and watch out for real giants who might want to come live in your beanstalk!

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Deborah Song is a Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based writer, who obtained her master's in journalism from New York University. She is the founder of, and is passionate about helping parents find better work-life balance and proper support through community.

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