Bringing a story to life
Let’s take a look at how Jack and the Beanstalk can be adapted to encourage physical activity.
– Gallop around the room (taking the cow to market)
– Throw bean bags, small balls or scrunched up newspaper into a bucket (magic beans thrown out the window)
– Climb a small step ladder or trestle (climbing up the beanstalk)
– Crawl through a tunnel, large cardboard box or under a table (sneaking into the giant’s house)
– Grab a balloon or large ball and crawl back through the tunnel (hen/goose that lays the golden eggs)
– Throw and catch a balloon or ball with an adult (Jack brings the hen/goose that lays the golden eggs back to his mother)
– Run around obstacles (escaping from the giant)
What other children’s stories can be modified to inspire active play?
We’d love to hear from you!
Acknowledgements: Excerpts taken from Moving with Young Children workshop, Sport and Recreation Queensland (2005).