Meddybemps Miniature Village
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Little buildings. Big fun!
Our grandchildren spent countless hours playing with Brio(TM) and Thomas & Friends(TM) wooden trains. And we, like countless other parents and grandparents, bought several of the railroad accessory structures that these companies make. They are sturdy, long-lasting, and offer good play value but they are also expensive. Their cost keeps most of us from purchasing more than just a few.

While researching the history of toymaking, we noticed that paper cutouts have long been a popular and inexpensive way to build toys. So, we thought, why not design some little buildings children could use with their wooden trains? And, since today's ink-jet printers can produce high-quality color prints on sturdy paper, why not create downloadable files so people can print and build their own?

So we created the Meddybemps Miniature Village. Our collection features types of buildings and businesses that children will recognize and play with. Details on each structure give parents, siblings and teachers opportunities to casually engage young children in discussions of life in their town. Simple environmental print will help with pre-reading skills. Some buildings will include nursery rhymes. Others will appear in stories on this website.

Each building is presented as a pdf file and will print out on one (or sometimes more) 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of paper. Premium heavy weight (68 lb) glossy photo paper is best, but 24 lb plain paper will do and is good for making a practice building or two.

Simply follow outlines to cut the building out, then fold flaps and corners to see how it fits together. Use household tape or paste to hold it together. After a couple of practice buildings, you'll find an assembly method that works best for you. We've prepared a pdf Construction Guide to show you how we assemble them. Newer buildings have bigger bottom flaps and added tabs elsewhere, making them easier to assemble without tape or glue.

Some of these buildings are related to games and learning activities elsewhere on For example, you can...

Put toppings on pizzas at Pepper's Only Pizza.

Decorate cakes and arrange display windows at Bobby's Busy Bakery.

Arrange flowers at Merry Tulip's flower shop.

Help customers pick pets in the Pet Shop.

Pick out a tree at a Christmas tree farm and decorate it.

Learn about German Christmas Markets.

Play a color matching game at the Jolly Penguin ice cream stand.

Best of all, you can have fun without spending lots of money.

Highly recommended:
Take a look at the handcrafted wooden trains made in America by Whittle Shortline Railroad. Many of their engines and cars use the same graphics your child sees on real railroads. Also, they use top-quality materials and methods for product safety and integrity.

A word of caution: We recommend that you keep ink jet and laser prints out of the hands of infants and very small children. There are no warnings on the ink cartridges we use, but inks and toners are made from a variety of chemicals that may not be good for children to get into their mouths.

Copyright 2012 Jerry Jindrich.
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Here are 35 free structures for you to print and build plus a few little extras. Click on a building to open its pdf file. Three new Community Helpers buildings are available through

Outa Gas Station Last Chance Cafe Post Office Police Station Fire Station
Viullage Church and Extras
Viullage Church and Extras
Village Filling Station
Village Grocery Store
Railroad Station
Engine Shed
Railroad Signal Tower
Platform and Signs
Bakery Flower Shop Blacksheep's Fashions
Musical Instrument Store
Pet Shop
Ice Cream Stand
Alphabet Soup Cafe and Patio
Bobby's Busy Bakery
Pepper's Only Pizza
Video Game Factory
Candy Factory
Blank Building
Pumpkin Stand
Fruit Stand
Haunted Mouse Cottage Toys Tree Farm Shack Age of Aquariums Cottage Hot Drinks Valentine's Gifts Valentine's Messages Pastries & Cakes Oldilock's Cottage Wooden Gifts Wooden Gifts Wood Carvers Toys Wooden Gifts Tree Farm Shack Age of Aquariums Cottage Haunted Mouse Cottage Hot Drinks Toys Valentine's Gifts Age of Aquariums Cottage Pastries & Cakes Hot Drinks Oldilock's Cottage Spooky Dreams Office Spooky Dreams Office Oldilock's Cottage Vehicles 2 Vehicles 1 More People Park People 2 Park People 1 City People

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