Here is my 3D paper model of Voortrekkers and ox wagon, the latest paper model in my series of historical African culture and heritage hands-on activities.
This download includes a Voortrekker family, an ox wagon, a team of yoked oxen and Africans with a mountain pass background triorama. Colouring in, cutting out and creating these 3D paper models are wonderful hands-on activities while mom reads aloud. This paper model is fairly fiddly and young children may need some assistance. Encourage your children to interact and act out the Voortrekker stories with their paper models. It is a wonderful way for History to come alive! This paper model is a perfect fit for the Footprints in Our Land, our South African, literature-based Social Studies curriculums.
Some historical background:
The Voortrekkers were Dutch-speaking colonists living in the Cape under the British-run colonial administration of southern Africa and who migrated away from the British colony in large groups from 1836 in a movement called The Great Trek.
The traditional Voortrekker wagon was called “kakebeenwoens” because they resembled the jawbone of an animal. These wagons carried essential household goods, clothes, bedding, furniture, agricultural implements, fruit trees and weapons. These wagons negotiated the veld, narrow ravines, and steep precipices of the Drakensberg mountains with their livestock and family walking alongside. When the travellers reached the end of their day’s journey, they set up their laager ‘wagon fort’ camps in an area which had water & suitable grazing for the oxen and horses.
You can order my Voortrekker ox wagon paper model download on my Order Packages page. You can find all my African houses paper models in the series —
- Khoikhoi House & Village
- San Bushmen House & Kalahari Desert
- Xhosa House & Village
- Zulu House & Village
I would love to share a freebie with you. Each paper model comes with a triorama background. A triorama forms a wonderful 3D pyramid shape with a base. It requires just 2 folds and 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.