Picture Book And Play is a weekly post in which we look at a picture book (or books) Peapod’s been enjoying recently and some of the play we’ve had based on it.
We’ve actually not done a huge amount of anything this week after a busy Easter weekend finally being able to see family, hunting for eggs and going for walks.
So I’ve picked out a story that we return to often and some of our past play activities around it – Jack and the Beanstalk.
I’ve talked before (many times!) about the brilliant Campbell First Stories range (here or here for example). Peapod loves this edition of Jack (illustrated by Natascha Rosenberg), especially finding Jack hiding in the cupboard or chopping down the beanstalk and seeing the giant fall!
The moving parts remain a big draw and the simplified, rhyming version of the story is a great first telling for little ones.
We added the Peep Inside version to put collection too as it’s a slightly longer, more faithful version, including for example the essential “Fee Fi Fo Fum…” lines which are a must in our house! Peapod loves shouting them out when playing!
The rich illustrations and intricate cut outs of the peep through elements add a more grown up touch and make these a really attractive series to read and handle too.
I also really like the way there’s a lift-the-flap style to some of the pages and peep-inside parts, which helps retain an interactive feature that children always enjoy.
The Peep Inside books are the perfect follow on from the Campbell First Stories, and we’ll be adding lots more to our collection!
Obviously, there’s so much you could do with this story; it’s one we could (and no doubt will) return to repeatedly over the years adding in lots of different activities – planting, natural collage, painting, measuring, counting, as well as variations on what we did this time with sensory activities, role play and building/small world.
This was by far Peapod’s favourite – building the castle and beanstalk and using figures to tell the story!
He also used his climbing toys as a beanstalk – climbing up, stealing the gold and sliding down before chopping it down!
He’s been practising his cutting so we started making a giant beanstalk but he lost interest once it was time to add any leaves! Still, we cut and stuck a lovely, long, green stripe!
We made a tray using butter beans, gold coins and green covered cardboard tubes for filling, pouring, hiding, stacking, dropping…
… and building of course! It just wouldn’t have been the same of the builders and diggers didn’t get involved 😂
What have you been reading and playing this week?