Our growing collection of story-based resources can be downloaded here.  Videos, guides, leaflets and printable cards are available, with more being added regularly.

Kimi’s Cat: Read with me – a multilingual story-sharing

Listen to and follow the delightfully animated story of Kimi’s Cat, produced for PRAESA and The Little Hands Trust by The Wendy Production House, with funding from The Little Hands Trust and Sifunda Kunye.

Adults and children can join in and read words in any of the 11 South African official language versions. There is also a story-sharing demonstration in English that can be used with teachers and parents to discuss ways of sharing storybooks with young children.

Download the PDF: Storyplay in Action – Kimi’s Cat

Click on the top left to choose a video from the playlist.

A Guide to Storyplay

What is Storyplay? is a guide that explains what children learn through the Storyplay approach and offers advice and ideas on how to use Storyplay in any early childhood setting. This short video accompanies the guide and together they offer an introduction to the holistic approach to early literacy teaching and learning called Storyplay. The main elements are introduced in two different language settings – an isiXhosa and an English classroom. These elements are elaborated on in our training, and supported by other print and video materials. Useful information on the NCF and CAPS, and Storyplay can be downloaded.

Little Hands Board Books for Babies: Suggestions for use

The Little Hands Board Books for Babies can be shared with babies, toddlers and young children. They are an early introduction to books, with themes including emotions, transport, getting ready, eating, playing, making music, dancing, animals and opposites. Four sets of four little books  are  available from Jacana in all 11 official South African languages. Download these suggestions for sharing the books with your baby or toddler.

Storyplay in Action Leaflets

We are developing a  series of Storyplay In Action leaflets  to support holistic, story-based early literacy teaching and learning. These will be distributed in training workshops.  Each leaflet focuses on a different picture book which lends itself to story-playing, available in several or all South African languages. The first one is available for free below. It is a South African retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

If it inspires you to find out more please contact us, and help us to spread the word by tweeting or liking us on Facebook in order to unlock the leaflet.

If you are a publisher and you think you have appropriate picture books for Storyplay, and you would like to see them used in this way, get in touch too!

Download Leaflet 1

A-Z  Alphabet & Rhyme Cards

This set of alphabet and rhyme cards – in isiXhosa, English and Afrikaans – can be used to stimulate play with language, language awareness, imagination, concepts of print and much more! Take a look at these guidelines. Created by PRAESA and ELRU, the cards are available in printed form from ELRU in Cape Town (phone 021 7627500).

Take a look at the suggested uses and preview.

You can download the full set in high resolution to print yourself.


Template for downloads sections – can replace above when ready

The TELL project was set up to help transform the quality of literacy and biliteracy teaching in South Africa by developing practical training materials underpinned by meaning-based theories and pedagogies for initial and in-service teacher education.

PRAESA and colleagues at the University of Reading worked together on the adapting and developing materials, which could be useful in a wide variety of multilingual settings, particularly in Africa.

TELL project materials can be downloaded here.

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