Jack’s Beanstalk Pinocchio Puppets


Jack and the woodcutter decided to cut down the lengthy branches of the beanstalk one day. Although in the wind, the ladder somewhat sway, they agreed that they’d try to halt the beanstalk’s amazing growth anyway. It seemed that the beanstalk’s growing never stopped, so off they set, making sure it was well chopped. The beanstalk had so many branches that it was quite a difficult job to do. The leaves quickly grew thickly, so the beanstalk never needed compost as it grew. One by one, after they’d been sawn, logs and twigs fell onto the lawn. Farmer Giles put the wood into a pile (thinking some of them would be useful to fix the farmyard stye). Within a week, the beanstalk was back had grown back quite tall as well – and all of the leaves had been replaced from where they fell. But Jack and the woodcutter were left with a huge pile of wood. They’d put as many logs on the fire as they could and still were left with over a thousand spare logs, (obviously no good !). So Jack and the woodcutter decided to use the wood to make model puppets of the animals in the beanstalk where they resided. The squirrel helped – by gnawing with his sharp teeth and called to the woodworm to come and help from the heath. The woodpecker hammered in all the nails and where glue was needed, it was provided by the snails. Because Jack had taken the wood from his magic beanstalk, all of the puppets could talk and walk. Soon, the bluebell glade was livelier than ever – with twice as many greenfly and all of them twice as clever. Jack’s beanstalk magic meant that they kept growing – so soon, the wooden puppet animals were as large as life. The crow was three centimetres taller than the real one and even kept on crowing ! Jack polished the beanstalk creatures, so they shone with similar features. A lick of paint and a coat of varnish – made the animals in the beanstalk magically swish. They didn’t even need any strings – the bee, wasp and hornet puppets even hit Jack with one of their stings ! The real life puppets liked their new home, one of them even sat on the gnome ! But luckily, Jack’s beanstalk grew some more – so the animals didn’t have to sleep on the woodland floor. The birds flew to the highest branches, the snail made a home on the trail and the skunk made his home in the trunk. Who do you think came to live in the tree house ? Naturally, it was soon occupied by a very timid little mouse !


For The Chop

Some of the words from the story got chopped up, too – can you piece them together, so they are once more like new ?


stalk – bean


yard – farm


ne – hor – t


den – woo


pet – pup


cutter – wood


fly – green


nish – var


cult – i – diff


worm – wood


mer – ham


ral – nat – u


zing – ama

Beanstalk Pantomine1. Each student in the class chooses one of the beanstalk animals to make a puppet. If you make the limbs separate, you could possibly join them at their hinges with elastic bands. Add strings to make them work and design a beanstalk to use as a stage.

2. Write the dialogue of a play for the animals set around the beanstalk. Each student in the class could be a different character and speaks in the persona of the beanstalk animal that he has made. For example, the bee might buzz his words and the bird tweets.

© Jacqueline Richards 2008Answers : beanstalk ; farmyard ; hornet ; wooden ; puppet ; woodcutter ; greenfly ; varnish – difficult ; woodworm ; hammer ; natural ; amazing

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