PRAESA’s Storyplay resources aim to help in using stories as play-related interactions between children and adults. Young children learn many essential early literacy lessons with appropriate opportunities to explore print in the company of the people around them. These resources include videos with themes of book sharing, concepts of print, pretend play, mark making, emergent writing and emergent reading.

A Guide to Storyplay – downloadable PDF will be available soon – describes what is involved in the Storyplay approach. It also explains what children learn through the approach and offers advice and ideas on how to use Storyplay in any early childhood setting.

The Storyplay in Action series of leaflets – available soon – offers different Storyplay ideas. These are activity ideas for a selection of picture books and oral rhymes and stories. The picture books chosen are all available in South Africa and are published in a number of indigenous languages as well as English.

Read and watch Storyplay in Action moments, which illustrate significant early literacy events in young children’s lives.


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.

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: Story sharing demonstration – Kimi’s Cat

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


Little Hands Guide

Download a guide to using these books here


Three Billy Goats Gruff

Downloadable PDF coming soon


A Guide to Storyplay

Downloadable PDF coming soon