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For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: 74246121

Did you know that the State Library of South Australia keeps pop-ups and moveable texts in the Children's Literature Research Collection?

We are offering digital resources designed to support learning and inquiry into this collection and support learners to investigate the art of paper engineering then design and make their own pop-up or moveable texts for specific purposes.

Key inquiry questions

  • How have historic and contemporary paper engineers incorporated moveable mechanisms to help tell a story or convey an idea?
  • How will I generate and communicate my own design ideas in both written and graphic form?
  • What materials and tools will assist me to achieve my intended design solution?

Links with the Australian Curriculum

  • The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum for schools, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of Technologies: Design and Technologies, and the general capabilities of literacy, and critical and creative thinking.
  • Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design.
  • Elements of this resource have been co-designed in partnership with children to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage young learners.

View the digital resources


Download a free interactive e-Book
"A Theatre Inside the Book; Paper Engineering from the Collections of the State Library of South Australia" is downloadable from the Apple Bookstore and provides a variety of multimedia assets includes images, video and audio to engage learners in independent exploration.

The following 'Welcome Video' is for young learners and educators. It provides an overview of the role of the State Library of South Australia in collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of the state. Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the areas in the library and the work that we do.


Please assist us by completing the appropriate survey after you have used our digital resources.


Interested in more of our DIGITISED ONLINE RESOURCES?
Have a look at our Digital Collections under the Toys and Games theme.

Remember to return to the Primary Years page for more Digital Resources.

What is the cost of using a Digital Resource?

All State Library Digital Resources are provided free of charge.

Any additional tools and materials to complement the experience are provided by the school.

General Information

Access Guides for each Digital Resource from the program page on the Library website 

How do I use the Digital Resource?

We have provided a Guide for each of the Digital Resources which outlines curriculum links and learning processes and resources. These ideas can be adopted, adapted or used as a springboard to  innovate and develop our own program.

What can I do if the videos don't work?

We recommend using browsers Chrome, Edge or Safari

How can I provide feedback?

We value your feedback and invite you to complete the short survey linked through the QR code on the Guide for your Digital Resource. This will enable us to further develop programs.

Is there someone I can speak to about the resources if I need assistance?

For any questions regarding the resources, please reach out to the Community Learning Team.