This bustling medieval street scene contains over fifteen authentically detailed model buildings including timbered merchants' houses, thatched cottages, an inn, stables and shops. There is even a market cross and lots of cut-out figures for recreating scenes of medieval town life. With a little care and patience, the model is easy and entertaining to make, and the end result is well worth the effort. The completed model measures 605 x 458mm (24 x 18in) along the base and is compatible with OO/HO scale models. It can also be fitted alongside the Usborne Cut-Out Model Castle, Village and Cathedral in the same series.
Medieval Town cut-out model
I had a lot of fun making this with my daughter. We bought all four models to fit together (beware, the medieval castle isn't the castle that fits with the town, village and cathedral) and spent a few days making them all. As time spent together it was great, but the educational benefits were superb. The physical representation provides an experience you cannot get from books alone; it leads into questions like: Why don't the shops have signs or names, why do they have pictures instead? Why are houses made from different materials? What kind of jobs do people do? Encouraging thinking about the lives of the average medival folk and by so, submersing themselves into the historical period. Of course my daughter didn't realise any of this, she was under the impression that it was just some fun.
Alison, 8 July 2010
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