Jack & the Bean Stalk – Gardening with Kids

Gardening with Kids - Jack and the Bean Stalk

This is a cute gardening activity to do with kids, inspired by the much loved children’s story, Jack and the Bean Stalk.  My friend did this with a group of kids, and my children have loved watching the bean stalk grow over the last 3 weeks. We kept the soil moist and left the cups near the kitchen window. 


Plastic cup

Potting mix

Broad beans (grow quickly and suitable for Winter) – other bean varieties could work too.

Kebab stick (or a twig/2 paddle pop sticks taped together for length) 


Optional: cotton wool


1. Draw a castle shape (or google a picture), add a few cotton wool buds for clouds and tape or glue to skewer/kebab stick.  Set aside.

2. Puncture a few small holes into a plastic cup for drainage.

3. Fill the plastic cup with potting mix, about three quarters the way up the cup.

4. Push a bean (or two) into the soil.

5. Add the castle skewer in and it’s done.

Gardening with Kids - Jack and the Bean Stalk

6. Keep soil moist and in a few weeks, the beans will be ready to replant into a garden or pot (they will need a truss or stake to support them as they grow in the garden/large pot). We kept our bean cups in an empty ice cream bucket (to catch any leakage) near the kitchen window and the beans grew really well. It was so fun to watch the beans reaching the castle. 

growing broad beans

Jack and the Bean Stalk - gardening with kids

Note: For best results, replant the beans in a larger environment (garden or pot) within 3-4 weeks.

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Jack and the bean stalk


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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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