With Christmas over and the new year at the starting block, we thought we’d list a few of our favourite printables for January. Some are new and some are old favourites but our site is getting so big that we thought a little list might help make sure there’s no mid-winter magic you’ve missed.
Here are our favourite spring- themed colouring printables in one gallery. Enjoy!
This printable fruit garland is a great way to decorate your house for summer parties, barbecues or just because you want to freshen up your child’s bedroom. All you need is a printer, a pair of scissors, some wool/string and (optionally) some glue.
We know you can probably make this garland without instructions, but we’ve added some steps below, just to help out. We hope you (and your children) have as much fun making it as we did!
How to Make Your Fruit Garland:
Print the slices of fruit you want to include in your garland by clicking on the pictures below. (Each one will take you to a pdf file of that fruit.)
Carefully cut out your fruit slices and fold them in half. Each one is a perfect circle, to make this easy.
Hang the folded fruit slices over a piece of string or wool. TIP: If you are making a long garland and you find the fruit slices are sliding about, tie knots in the string in between each one, to keep them in place. Alternatively, stretch the string straight (like a washing line) and smear/brush some glue along it, then place the fruit slices where you want them before leaving to dry. Once dry, they should stay in place.
Hang it somewhere in your home! We chose our fireplace because we were a bit short on time… but you can probably think of somewhere much nicer. They do look especially nice in children’s bedrooms.
With the summer underway, (at least in the northern hemisphere – apologies to those elsewhere!), we thought we’d post a short list of our most popular summer printables. We hope you find them useful:
5 Summer Colouring Pages
6 Summer Party Invitations
10 Useful Thank You Notes for Summer
BEST FROM THE WEB:
For anyone looking for more lovely summery resources, here are a few of our favourites from around the internet:
Printable Masks – This site has a great collection of masks to keep the kids entertained this summer, or indeed at any other time of year.
Watermelon Garland – Find out how to make a gorgeous garland based on this much-loved summer fruit. Great for kids’ parties.
Hidden Pictures – This selection of charming pictures with things hidden all over them is great for keeping children busy over the summer. Like hide-and-seek on the page! They can also be coloured in for extra fun.
With May Day 2016 just around the corner, we thought we’d make all our relevant printables easy to find by listing them in one post. There are some immediately below and some farther down the page.
What Do People Do on May Day?
May Day is an ancient festival whose roots are lost in the mists of time. As you can probably tell from the printables above, it is often celebrated with flowers. May parades, maypole dancing, May basket making and the crowning of the May Queen are just a few of the activities you can find going on around May 1st.
In general terms, it is about the marking of spring. In some countries, bonfires are lit to symbolise the light bringing the long, dark nights of winter to an end, and in others, people stay up all night on the day before May Day so that they can celebrate the coming of the dawn. In the UK, we have Early May Bank Holiday – which is a three-day weekend – so should you fancy a night of waiting up for the sun to rise, you should have enough time to catch up on sleep before having to go back to work!
What’s in it for the Kids?
Assuming that you either can’t get to or can’t find an organised May Day celebration, there are still lots of traditions you can engage in at home. Decorating your home with May Day flowers might be a nice activity for the children. You could use real flowers and arrange them in different vases or cut out a whole pile of paper flowers and stick them around the house.
One of the loveliest May Day traditions for kids to help with is the giving of May baskets. The idea is that you fill baskets with flowers, sweets and/or other presents and leave them on the doorstep of someone you think deserves them – for example, an aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend or babysitter who has been nice to you all year. You don’t have to use a real basket, you can make one out of card like these:
The gifts don’t need to be expensive either – it’s one of those occasions where it’s the thought that counts.
Ah, the magic of fairies! Whether it’s a snow fairy flying in and out of the snowflakes on a dark winter’s night or a summer fairy sleeping the afternoon away in the shady petals of a rose, every season has these magical creatures wound up within the stories we tell.
There’s the Tooth Fairy, of course, a fairy of all seasons. Then there’s the Dummy Fairy, who makes just one brief visit in a lifetime. (Or at least that’s the idea… unless there’s a dummy addiction lapse!) Beyond that, most of us have heard of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies – here at Rooftop Post we particularly love those – and in the midst of our modern times the Birthday Fairy seems to be becoming more and more popular.
Fairies these days come in all shapes and sizes and styles too. Some fairies are funny and some are beautiful. Some are tubby, some are so delicate they look as though the smallest breath of wind would blow them away. We like them all and try to represent as many different types as we can within our resources. So, without further ado, for those of you looking for free printables which encapsulate the magic of fairies, our favourites from this site are below.
Every so often we like to take a look at our web stats and let you know which pages are currently the most popular. In reverse order here’s the top five this spring:
In fifth place is our babysitting thank you note. Unusual for it to receive quite so many hits but perhaps with the weather getting warmer parents are going out more. Whatever the reason, we’re glad you found it useful.
Who knows why, during the spring, our thoughts turn to mermaids? Yet according to our site’s stats, they do.
Perhaps we tell our children more stories about them at this time of the year. Maybe it’s a time when we find ourselves with out children on the beach, looking out to see and firing up their imaginations with magical mermaid make-believe. Or perhaps there are more children learning to swim at this time of year, ready for the summer holiday. (Unless you’re in the Southern hemisphere, of course.)
Whatever the reason, the hits on our mermaid resources always start to increase around the middle of April and this year, the certificate above is the most popular. Perhaps it’s not that surprising, for with the days getting longer and the sea a little warmer, who wouldn’t want to be a “mermaid friend“?
There’s never a time making a paper doll and her wardrobe isn’t fun and this spring our visitors obviously think so too.
In keeping with the magical resources we provide on this site, out paper dolls are fairies… although you could always chop the wing bits of their clothes if you didn’t want them to be. Yikes! Sounds painful though 🙁
Dinosaurs are ever popular and with all the busyness of spring, it’s not surprising a chore chart has turned up in the top five.
If you have a child who loves dinosaurs, your could also print this colouring page of a dinosaur cleaning his teeth or this dinosaur party bag.
As was true last year, our Tooth Fairy notes page is the most hit upon of printables in spring. Could it be that teeth are falling out more rapidly than usual after all the Easter goodies?!! Goodness, we hope not!
This week we’ve put together two sets of rhyming clues for treasure hunts. One is a pirate theme, the other is for mermaids. They make a great activity for birthday parties or any other family gathering where there are children to entertain.
What You Need:
A printer, obviously, and a pair of scissors. You’ll also have to think of a prize (or “treasure”) you can put at the end of the hunt, with the very last clue. For the pirate treasure hunt, you’ll need an egg to place one of the clues next to, as you’ll see when you read the rhymes.
If you need more help: Scroll down, there are suggestions for hiding each clue lower down.
Just print the clues, cut them out and hide around the house accordingly. (There are PDF buttons underneath each set of clues to make printing extra-easy.)
Pirate Treasure Hunt Clues:
Mermaid Treasure Hunt Clues:
When planning your treasure hunt, here are some questions to ask yourself and extra ideas for each clue below.
Whole House or Certain Rooms?
If you’re planning this scavenger hunt for a children’s party, you might want to make it clear which rooms they should look in and which are off-limits – just in case you don’t want a million little hands rifling through every cupboard in the house!
Competition or Team Work Game?
You might also want to decide whether your treasure hunt is a competition or not. Does the first person to get to the end get the prize? Or is it about team work? If it’s the former, make it clear that clues must be left where you found them, so that the next player can find them too. If it’s the latter, make sure there’s some “treasure” for everyone at the end.
Tips and Suggestions for Each Verse of Pirate Clues:
Yo ho, me lovelies!
Here be a clue:
To find the surprise
Ye must seek out a shoe!
Just pop the clue into any shoe that the children are likely to find. If you want to make it easier, you could point them to the right room.
Keep on, me hearties!
A pirate’s got grit,
Ye’ll find the next clue
Where ye like to sit.
Place the clue under/on/under the cushion of a chair. It could be a dining chair, armchair, rocking chair and so on.
Well done, me pirates!
You’re moving ahead
A secret is written
Where ye go to bed.
This one’s easy – just hide the clue in a bed. If it’s a party and you don’t want children in every room, make it clear which bedrooms are off-limits.
Now listen up closely
Me beauties, me gems,
There’s a landlubber watching
The next clue’s on them!
You or another adult should hide the next clue about your (or their) person. Perhaps in a pocket or, if you’re joining in the festivities, under the pirate hat you’ve got on!
Not far to the treasure,
Me brave sailing folk!
The next one’s beside
A thing with a yolk.
You’ll need to place the next clue near an egg. Perhaps in the fridge or egg basket? If you don’t have a real egg in the house, you could always draw one, cut it out, pin it to a wall and put the clue beside it.
Fine work buccaneers!
Now hark to me fable:
There once was a clue
Who hid by a table.
Any table will do here – if you’re feeling crafty, tape the clue underneath it rather than leaving it on top.
Well done me shipmates!
You’re right on the brink…
The last clue is hiding
Not far from a sink.
Could be the bathroom or the kitchen – just hide the clue in or near a sink.
Aha so ye found it!
A toast to yer cunning
And courage out loud!
The “treasure” should be left with this clue. It can be anything – chocolate, sweets, a toy. Might be a nice touch to make it a piraty gift, arrr! If this treasure hunt wasn’t a competition, make sure there are enough goodies for everyone. You could always include one of our pirate certificates at the end for whoever got there first. This one, for an Honorary Pirate one would be a good fit:
Tips and Suggestions for Each Verse of Mermaid Clues:
Follow the clues
For treasures galore!
Swim that way dear mermaids,
The first’s on a door.
Pick any door in your house and stick/pin the next clue to it. If you want to make it harder, you could choose a less obvious door, such as the door to a wardrobe… or even a cat door!
Hark to me, merfolk,
Crustaceans and fish!
The next clue is hiding
Inside a dish.
Pop the next clue inside a dish, any dish you know the children will find. Might be best not to choose a valuable one though, in case it gets broken.
Well done, now another….
If you’re in a rush
I’ll tell you a secret:
It’s near a hairbrush.
Hide the clue near a hairbrush. If the children don’t know where to look, you could always point them towards the correct room.
The next place is strange
It’s a manmade machine
And the clue is not far
From its sparkly bright screen.
This “manmade machine” with a “sparkly bright screen” could be a TV, a laptop, a desktop, or even a tablet. (In theory, it could even be a phone but that might be hard for them to guess.) Hide the next clue near whichever device you have in your house – we alway use the TV.
Nice work, lovely creatures,
But now understand:
A grown-up is hiding
A clue in their hand!!!
This could be you or one of the other grown-up friends/parents. Give them the clue before the game starts and tell them fold it up small and hide it in a fist. Pick someone who doesn’t mind having their hand prised open by small fingers!
Now you must swim
To and fro, here and there,
To find a clue waiting
Under a chair.
Any chair in the house will do for the next clue. You could hide it under the chair’s cushion, under the chair itself, or tape it to the back of the chair.
The hunt’s nearly over,
You’ve swum many knots,
Now look in a room
Full of saucepans and pots!
Clearly, the next clue needs to be hidden in the kitchen. You can make finding it as easy or as difficult as you like.
Hooray little merfolk,
Here is your prize.
You are not only pretty
But clever and wise!
This is the last clue so some kind of mermaid treasure should be left here. Sweets/candy is probably the most obvious prize – you could also add one of our free mermaid certificates. The one below would be an easy choice because it doesn’t require you to add a child’s name. (Obviously, if it’s a competiton as you couldn’t add a name in advance because you wouldn’t know which child was going to get to the end first!):
The pirate and mermaid rhymes in the clues above are by Leone Annabella Betts.
Looking for More Pirate Party Ideas?
From around the internet, we like these:
Make a Pirate’s Treasure Map – This is a great idea for a pirate’s party activity. Just watch the BBC (CBeebies) video then get the children at your party making maps of their own.
Make a Pirate Treasure Chest – If you’ve got a bit of preparation time, this print and craft treasure chest from Tim’s Printables might prove useful. You make one for each guest, pop a couple of sweets inside and put it on the party table.
Buccaneer Eye Patches – Authentic looking eye patches to print out from Real Classroom Ideas.
Please note that we’re not responsible for the content on these pages or the upkeep of their websites.
On our site, you might like these:
Pirate Cupcake Wrappers – Do pirates eat cupcakes? Who knows? But if they do, they’d be decorated with their own piraty wrappers.
We’ll continue adding notes from both these magical characters whenever we can. If you enjoy a particular note, please consider liking it using the social media buttons (Facebook, Twitter etc) at the bottom of the relevant page. This helps us work out what’s popular and what to make more of. Thanks. x
Here are our latest notes:
1. Tooth Fairy Note: Another Tooth Already?!
2. Tooth Fairy Note: Thank You for Your Front Tooth
3. Tooth Fairy Note: Collecting Your First Tooth
4. Birthday Fairy Note: Happy Birthday (for a Girl)
5. Birthday Fairy Note: Happy Birthday (for a Boy)
6. Birthday fairy Note: Birthday Girl Poem
7. Birthday Fairy Note: Birthday Boy Poem
Beyond uploading new notes, you’ll noticed that we’ve reorganised the Tooth Fairy’s messages into categories. We hope this will make it easier to find the note you need.
As for the Birthday Fairy, she has only just started writing messages for our site. We hope to hear more from her soon. To find out when she writes something new, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter, join our mailing list or simply keep an eye on our Birthday Fairy note page.
Free colouring pages are scattered througout our site so it can be hard to spot all the new ones. That’s why this month, we thought we’d post a gallery of the latest colouring we’ve created here, in one place. (We’ll try and do this every couple of months from now on.) The pages below were all uploaded in Jaunaury 2016. We hope you child enjoys colouring them in.
Pens or Crayons?
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[/CBC]There’s always something of a debate as to what children most like to colour in with – pens or crayons. It’s a tough call. When I was little, I prefered crayons, as long as they were pencil crayons. I hated wax. Felt pens used to annoy me because I could never get an even colour onto the paper… I could always see darker bits and make out the pen lines.
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With pencil crayons, however, you learn to shade. You learn to press so lightly that you barely see the pencil lines. You learn how to make colour fade or ger darker smoothly. Sure, it takes patience and that may not be for everyone, (I’m not sure my sister ever delighted in these time-consuming things things), but there is a pleasure in learning to colour properly. Even if you’re not the best at drawing, a beautifully shaded colouring page can look gorgeous, and feel very worthwhile.
Having said all that, felt pens can be fun too. Plus, their strong, succulant colours might appeal to some children more than those of pencil crayons. I guess in the end, the best way to make up your mind as to which to buy is to remember what you liked when you were little… then if in doubt, ask your child.