How to Make "Jack & the Beanstalk" Costumes for Kids

By Jenivieve Elly
Costumes make pretend play come to life!
Costumes make pretend play come to life!

A huge milestone in your toddler's development is pretend play, and dressing up as a character really adds to the excitement and fun. We have all seen some ridiculous costumes, and the last thing you want to do is be that mom who embarrasses her kids with a shoddy homemade costume. With the right materials and a little imagination, you can make an incredibly authentic Jack and the Beanstalk costume, that will be sure to go down in family history.

Wrap the vine around the noodle as it would appear around a bean stalk. Glue it in place and let dry.

Spray paint the eggs gold and allow to dry.

Place the beans, coins and eggs inside the backpack, leaving it open for all to see. Glue a few eggs and gold coins to the outside so it is clear what is inside.

Dress your toddler or preschooler in jeans, a plaid flannel or tan shirt and the beanie cap. Put on tan boots for outdoor play or tan socks for indoor play.

Things You Will Need

  • A plaid, flannel or tan shirt
  • Jeans
  • Tan boots or socks
  • Tan beanie hat
  • Green pool noodle
  • Fake vine plant
  • Glue
  • A bag of beans
  • Gold coins
  • Foam eggs
  • Backpack
  • Gold spray paint


Carry around the beanstalk or tape it to the wall for a more permanent play set-up.


For a smaller child, cut out beans out of construction paper. You can also purchase fake beans meant for pretend play.

About the Author

Jenivieve Elly has been an entertainment writer since 2006 and also has experience in public relations. She writes for Right Celebrity and its sister websites, serving as senior marketing consultant and fashion editor. Elly holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of South Florida.