The life and times of a home schooling mom of se7en + 1.

se7en header image 2

Se7en Build A Township and a GiveAway…

November 7th, 2009 · 30 Comments

We seem to have had a week of South African posts. We had a South African braai, reviewed a new South African cookbook and we had a typically South African Monday Munchie. So it seems only fitting that we did a South African art project. Se7en created a township:


Townships in South Africa are huge sprawling shanty towns closely packed with corrugated iron shacks. They can be an extremely difficult environment to live in. Apart from overcrowding and the associated problems, many people are without access to clean water and electricity and many homes are not at all weatherproof. Because the shacks are made from materials that are found lying around every single shack is unique.


Turns out this post is #600 so I have a little GiveAway for you: It is a picture book called: “Shacks, Shelters and Shanty Towns in South Africa.” If you would like to win this little book just comment on this post before the end of next Friday (14 November 2009) and we will randomly choose a winner. Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. (I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.)

So here are our se7en steps to building a township:

Step 1: We gathered some cards and paper.


Step 2: We cut and glued and made little shacks.


Step 3: Millions and billions of little shacks:


Within a sprawling township it is often hard to get to a local store for anything and so arose the need for local SPAZA Shops. A SPAZA is a shop, usually within someone’s home, were you can buy a few basic products.


Step 4: Back to the project: Our township needed some people. We made some styrofoam stamps:



Step 5: We gathered lots of advertisement fillers from the newspaper. We did a lot of snipping out of local products.


Step 6: And more cutting and sticking…


Step 7: We stuck some more and embellished a whole lot more.


And we were done…



That’s it – Have a Great Weekend! And don’t forget to leave a comment!!!

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Tags: Crafts for Kids · GiveAways · Paper Crafts · Recycle Crafts

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kate // Nov 7, 2009 at 3:15 am

    We love photography books! What a great giveaway.

  • 2 Mamalion // Nov 7, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Cool project! And we’d love to win the book, it would go well with our Geography studies this year. And are we supposed to send postcards back to you, if we signed up for them?

  • 3 jacki // Nov 7, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Loved the picture of all your millions of shacks together – captures the vibrancy.

  • 4 Carla // Nov 7, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Ooh! Looks like a whole lot of fun.

  • 5 Paige // Nov 7, 2009 at 7:27 am

    I have never commented before, but I love all your ideas for kids projects, and I love the South African touch you add to everything. And I would love a photo book!

  • 6 Margie // Nov 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I love the way that art related to townships and poorer folk in our country is coming into its own now. The photo book looks great. Count me in

  • 7 Helen // Nov 7, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Yay, finally a give away that I can comment on! Loved the township you all made!

  • 8 Jodi // Nov 7, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    You are amazing!! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  • 9 Nicole // Nov 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    such a fantastic idea to “build the town”!!! awesome!!

  • 10 Heather S // Nov 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Wow, what an amazing art project!

  • 11 Linda B // Nov 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    What a beautiful project!

  • 12 Shannon Corey // Nov 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I ditto what they said — you truly are amazing and I admire you and your accomplishments from Mississippi in USA!

  • 13 Ann // Nov 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    where are you going to store/display/hang your gorgeous project? Always my problem with artwork! That is such a fun and original idea~ the result is really great!

  • 14 Tami Cox // Nov 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

    My kids want to try this now.

  • 15 The Week That Was – 2.19 | se7en // Nov 8, 2009 at 1:58 am

    […] ← Se7en Build A Township and a GiveAway… […]

  • 16 Beth // Nov 8, 2009 at 5:40 am

    You’re ideas are inspired! Thanks for sharing. The photo book looks fascinating!

  • 17 Granny Ant // Nov 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Seven’s Spazas are too stunning for words. Laid out they look exactly like a township. Very well done guys.
    And yes it would be great to own this wonderful looking book. Well worth a try.

  • 18 Kate // Nov 8, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Love the township pics! Well done, kids! I’ve been eyeing this book for some time in several different shops. Looks beautiful!

  • 19 Alison // Nov 10, 2009 at 1:38 am

    How thoughtful.

  • 20 robin willet // Nov 10, 2009 at 1:51 am

    very interesting post. the book sounds pretty neat.

  • 21 Angela B. // Nov 10, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    What an interesting project. I’m sure the kids had fun!

  • 22 Chi Anne // Nov 11, 2009 at 4:26 am

    This looks like a great project!

  • 23 teresa // Nov 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    love it as usual , gonna try this one with my lot……….

  • 24 Se7en Build A Township and a GiveAway… A Winner | se7en // Nov 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    […] November 14th, 2009 · No Comments tweetmeme_url = ‘’;tweetmeme_source = ‘se7en_hoods’;Last week for our 600th post we had a GiveAway: Se7en Build a Township and a GiveAway. […]

  • 25 Ash // Dec 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Hey! We got the post-card you specifically photographed here: the one that says “veterinarian” on the top. And the kids were tickled pink and said “how did they know, Mommy?” because both me and their Dad are qualified vets (although I’m full-time Mom now). SO: How DID you know??
    Thank you to the 7+1 SPAZA shop post-card factory. You made our day!
    (Oh, and your return post-card will be making its way to you shortly)

  • 26 se7en // Dec 2, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Hi A, You tell those sweet kids of yours I am a mom so I have eyes in the back of my head. Don’t they know mom’s know everything!!! Actually pure fluke!!! And so funny!!! You all take care!!!

  • 27 Sherrin Drew // Mar 22, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Wonderful idea to raise the kids’ awareness of others. I’d love to do a similar project with my son when he is old enough. I want him to be aware of his heritage and the sad side of it as well as the lovely things. I hope he will grow in a sense of his responsibility to be generous to those who have less than us, especially those our people group has oppressed in the past.

  • 28 se7en // Mar 22, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Hi S, Sadly those people in our country who have been oppressed in the past continue to be oppressed by poverty. We don’t have to travel at all to be in the heart of a vast township. I am hoping that my children can’t help but grow up with a well established social conscience. Thanks so much for your comment and all the best with your little guy. Have a good week!!!

  • 29 Se7en’s Complete Craft Collection… » se7en // Jan 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    […] Se7en Build a Township and a GiveAway […]

  • 30 Se7en + 1 More Questions Kids Ask About Living in Africa… » se7en // Apr 30, 2012 at 2:49 am

    […] and milk and a couple of other goodies – mostly treats to eat. And in the townships they have SPAZA Shops, which are usually out of someone’s home and sell a couple of basic food or household […]

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

RSS Feed  Comments on this post   RSS Feed  All comments