Here is my latest 3D paper model in a series of traditional African houses and villages ~ Khoikhoi House and Village.
You can view the other African houses in the series — Zulu House & Village, the Xhosa House & Village and the San Bushmen House & Kalahari Desert background which are excellent hands-on activities that fit perfectly with Footprints in our Land, our South African literature-based Social Studies curriculum.
The paper model is a 6-page purchase package download that includes both black & white outline illustrations as well as coloured-in pages. The village background is a 1-page triorama which forms a triangle/ pyramid-shape when folded. These illustrations include clear assembly instructions and some extra cultural details. I provide some additional basic historical background information as well as Internet reference links.
The Khoikhoi were the original nomadic pastoralist indigenous people who lived in the southern parts of Africa and farmed with sheep, goats, and cattle. They traded with the seafarers and early settlers who landed at the Cape in the1650’s.
The Khoikhoi village was relatively large, and the Khoikhoi lived in round huts covered with reed mats that could be dismantled and re-erected in a new location when grazing in the area became depleted. Each village had a headman who made decisions with the clans about when and where to move. There was a group that was more sedentary known as “Strandlopers” who live by hunting and gathering food along the beaches of south-western Africa, originally from the early Cape Colony.
This grass hut template may look complex, but I have designed it so that most middle-school-aged children should manage to assemble the hut on their own.
Colouring-in, cutting out and creating paper houses and village models are a wonderful activity while mom reads-aloud.
These South African house and village downloads are purchase packages and I really appreciate your support, but I would love to share a freebie with you. Each house comes with a triorama background. A triorama forms a wonderful 3D pyramid shape with a base. It requires just 2 folds and a snip to make, so it’s very simple, but looks dramatic!
Please pop over to my Packages page to order your download. Thank you for your support.