Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack - Cow - Beans - Beanstalk - Climb - Giant - Gold - Hen - Harp - Angry Giant - Down Beanstalk - Chop - Giant Fall - Jack Happy Ever After


Can you help Jack escape the beanstalk by designing a zip line?

Try different materials for the cable: string, yarn, cord, ribbon for example.

Try different slopes. What angle works best for the cable material?

What can be used in place of a pulley to slide along the cable?

Design a harness or basket to carry Jack along the zip line.

Using a small figure for Jack, test your design. Make improvements if necessary.


The Giant at the Top of the Beanstalk


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Coloring materials

Using a ruler, Draw a dot halfway along the top of paper. Then do the same for the bottom. Now, draw a line connecting these two points. 

Draw a line across the top of the paper, half and inch from the top. Then draw the giant's head above the line.

Draw another line, this time, 1 ½ inches from the top. This is the giant's waist line. Draw an arm on each side of the waist line, then, an arch from the bottom left and right corners to the dot at the bottom of the page. These arches are the giant's shoes.

Above each shoe, just below the waist line, draw another arch. These are the giant's pants.

Erase any unnecessary guide lines.

Draw a background behind the giant.

Remember to go back and add details and color!

Based on project found in Karyn Tripp’s "Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids".


This program has been designed for you to share with your child. Read the material together, ask questions and encourage your child to ask questions. Then nurture their curious mind by doing the activities with them. Books included are available via CPL’s digital library (with a library card).