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Being told stories and being read to leads children to develop the rich storehouse of language, grammar and vocabulary they need to bring to texts when learning to read and write. 
Try our multilingual stories below or send us your own stories to share with others.

Story seeds

Do you want to tell your own stories but sometimes find it a bit difficult to get going? Here are some ideas to get you started - available in 6 SA languages. 

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Too loud!

Posted on April 19th, 2016
One weekend, Thandi and Zulfah found a cone that had been made from old cardboard. Thandi looked through one end and Zulfah looked through the other. They saw each other’s eyes! Next they decided to sing through the cone at the same time but their sounds crashed together! ‘First let me...

Thandi’s new hairstyle

Posted on April 12th, 2016
One day Thandi went to school feeling a bit shy. Her older sister had put braids in her hair. Thandi really liked them but she was worried that the other children would stare at her because she looked different. First, a boy came up to her and tugged at one of...

What about…?

Posted on April 12th, 2016
One evening when David’s dad got home from work, they were both feeling very hungry. But David was looking very grubby from all the playing he had been doing after school! ‘Time for your bath,’ said Dad. ‘I don’t want to bath tonight, thank you, Dad,’ said David. ‘Well, I’m afraid you need...

An accident

Posted on April 12th, 2016
One afternoon, Zulfah’s family was in the kitchen. Everyone was doing something. Zulfah was helping her father chop up vegetables for the soup. Her mother was washing dishes at the sink. Zulfah’s little brother, Ashraf, was thirsty.  He wanted something to drink but nobody heard him say, ‘Dink, please!’ because...

A special day

Posted on April 12th, 2016
Thandi woke up feeling very excited. It was her birthday and she was NOT seven anymore! “I’m eight years old, I’m eight years old, I’m eight years old today,” she sang to herself. Eight sounded so much older that seven. Seven-year-olds couldn’t do what eight-year-olds could. Her mom had said that...

Animal rescue

Posted on April 12th, 2016
Early one rainy morning, David woke up to the sound of “miaow, miaow, miaow” outside his bedroom window. He ran and woke up his dad and together they went outside to look. They saw a tiny, thin, black kitten hiding up a tree. “She looks very scared and weak,” said David. The...

The giant cabbage

Posted on April 12th, 2016
One day Zinthle’s granny sat and watched Zinthle picking tomatoes in their garden. ‘Here, Granny, taste this,’ said Zinthle handing her grandmother a round, red tomato. “I grew it myself!” ‘Thank you, Zinthle, you really have green fingers,’ said Granny. Zinthle laughed. ‘I don’t think so, Granny. I just use Uncle Lazola’s growing...

The Dirt Monster

Posted on April 12th, 2016
Every morning, Siraaj’s father drives a truck. It is not an ordinary truck because it squirts water and has big, round brushes at the bottom near the wheels. Siraaj’s father says it is a big dirt monster that eats up the rubbish people leave behind in the streets and washes...

A silly thing to do

Posted on March 29th, 2016
One rainy break time, all the children had to stay inside the classroom. After they had finished eating, some of the children decided to make up a new hip hop dance together. It was fun until Tara said, “Hey, I know, let’s dance on the desks!” She jumped onto a desk and…...

Cat Catty

Posted on March 29th, 2016
| Carole Bloch
Here’s a silly little story to read and act out like a play, with 3 or more parts. The ending is left open for you to finish yourselves.   One day a mouse went to visit a cat and can you guess what the cat was doing? She was sitting and sewing…   The mouse...