Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Jack & the Beanstalk - Product Swap

I am really excited to be a part of this Product Swap!   Some of my favorite bloggy friends came together and swapped products.  Most of the blogs that you will visit during the hop feature photos from classrooms, showing the products in action.   There are a few of us that aren't currently working in a classroom setting. That's just fine, as it provides another perspective when reviewing a product. 

A huge thank you to Samantha from Ms. Smarty Pants for coordinating this event.

And now on to my review... ;)

Plants featuring Jack and the Beanstalk by The Fun Factory!!!

Jack & the Beanstalk is one of my favorite fairy tales. I am not sure if it was because of the handsome Giant or the idea that somebody (height impaired) like me could climb a tall beanstalk and go above the clouds. :)  

I chose this product to review in part because of the fact that it is perfect for spring time learning centers because of the subject of plants.  I also just love the 2 authors, and I couldn't wait to share a product of theirs with you!  

The first thing I noticed about this packet is it is that it was organized into sections to make it easy to find what I needed.  The packet comes with language arts activities, whole group activities, small group activities, even a phonological awareness activity! There are suggested activities for the dramatic play area,  That's not all, there are also centers for science, math, and measurement!  You can use this Unit as a stand alone, or to add onto a larger plant/science unit. 

Below I will be showcasing a couple of the science activities included in the Jack and the Beanstalk packet.  I selected these particular activities because I really liked how they were implemented, as well as my love for science! :)  

This was one of my favorite projects, measuring using a "beanstalk."   I loved this idea because it tied in the Beanstalk theme, but it is also a fun activity for students to see just how big or small something is in comparison.  There is a recording sheet also included in the packet for students to write down what they measured and compare it to other items that were also measured.

These colorful cards are included in the science section to go along with the book "How Plants Grow" by Dona Rice (it is referenced, but also suggests any other book about plants).  The picture cards are used as a visual aid as well as can be used as a matching/sequencing game afterwards.

This cut and paste activity was included in the science section.  I am a fan of cut and paste activities to reinforce skills or subjects. As you can see in the screen shot, this particular activity features the life cycle of the plant.  The students will cut out the picture and paste it in the appropriate square. This activity can be used as a stand alone activity, a review of the life cycle, or follow up to the story and picture card activity.  

Plants, featuring Jack and the Beanstalk is one of my favorites.  I enjoyed looking through the packet, and sharing it with you.  For more products like this, hop on over to The Fun Factory.  They have an amazing collection of products based on Fairy Tales.   On a personal note: I absolutely adore Kathy and Susan.  They were not kidding when they titled their store The Fun Factory!  These 2 ladies have more energy and pizazz than a herd of goats wearing sequined hot pants carrying poodle purses! (inside joke!) :) I would have loved to have them both for teachers when I was in school!  They are both just lovely ladies and I am honored to know them.

Kathy and Susan from The Fun Factory were sooooooo sweet, they have offered to let me give away 1 copy of their Plants Unit and I am also giving away a digital item from my store!!!   I am so excited!  To enter, all you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below by following The Fun Factory's blog,  my blog, and you can earn an extra entry by leaving a comment below! The lucky winner will be announced on Saturday!!!   Have fun and good luck!


  1. Danielle,
    Thank you for reviewing our product. I estimate a goat is 10 beanstalks tall and a poodle is only 3 :)

    The Fun Factory

  2. {One of} my favorite website is www.peoniesandpoppyseeds.com!


  3. Who doesn't love Jack and the Beanstalk! What a delightful way to learn about plants!

  4. Danielle,
    What a nice review! Thank-you so much. You DO know that I will be expecting some clip art with goats wearing sequined hot pants and carrying their poodle purses! I will blog using them so everyone can see them!
    The Fun Factory

  5. I love the visuals in this activity. What a great job you did of sharing! I'm sure your "kids" really enjoyed the activity as well!

  6. I Love Jack and the Beanstalk too! Thank you for sharing this fun unit!
    Pirate Girl's Education Invasion

  7. My favorite site is ABC Mouse. Thanks for putting up this offer!

  8. This Jack and the Beanstalk unit is so cute! My current favorite website is Pinterest.


  9. Wow…what an incredible unit! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I am your newest follower!
    The Techie Teacher

  10. I've been hearing a lot of buzz about this new Product Swap program and I'm really excited to be a part of this group. I've been exchanging some products of mine, but not for any auctioning and selling stuff. I've been working as professional article writer at an assignment writing australian company and a few of my colleagues were interested to join thos product swap program. Hope I could get the details of registration very soon. Thanks for the share.


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