Are you looking for some free printables for spring? Then you’ve found the right page to discover ours. Whether you’re after Easter Bunny letters, May Day crafts or simply something to celebrate the spring season, we hope you’ll find a printable you like among the posts below.
Ah spring. (At least if, like us, you’re in the northern hemisphere.) The lambs, the daffodils, the bluebells, the light. Goodness, we’ve missed the light. And of course, Easter around the corner. It’s always a bit of rush in our house to get everything done, unlike Christmas, which seems to be hanging around from September onwards these days. We always feel that Easer rather jumps out from around the proverbial corner – and a mad scramble for eggs, decorations and magical Easter Bunny printables is pretty much guaranteed. Talking of which, our top picks for this year are below…
Easter Bunny Certificates:
We’ve built up quite a few of these over the years, and you can find all of them on this page. However, our four favourites are a follows:
Easter Bunny Letters and/or Notes
As with the certificates, we’ve created a fair few of these now but these are the ones we like the best. Hopefully, you’ll like them too:
From the minute the Easter Holidays start it can be great fun to gather up some children and make the house look lovely. The spring decorations we like most are below, though it’s also worth hunting around the internet for more such things, for as much as we’d love you to stay on this site forever, there are lots of other gorgeous decorative ideas out there.
Easter Bilby Resources:
Okay, so we’re based in the UK, but we love the idea of the Easter Bilby and for any Australians out there, these are the four bilby resources to make sure you don’t miss:
It may be early but with the shops already stocking up for Easter, we thought we’d post a quick collection of resources which you might find useful in the run up to that happy spring Sunday. Oh – and in case you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “When is Easter this year? I must check! we’ve already googled it for you and it’s Sunday, April 16th.
To get back to the point, all the printables below are meant to help children get some fun out of preparing for Easter early, whether it’s through a reminder to be good between now and then from the Easter Bunny, or simply making a mountain of Easter paper chains! We hope you find them useful.
If you’re wondering what they look like made up, here’s a couple more photos of our Easter paper chains:
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.
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“?
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 🙁
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!
It’s the night before Easter and if you’re still surfing for last-minute printables, you’ve come to the right page! Here’s a list of our most popular – all you need is a printer, possibly a pair of scissors, and the children tucked up in bed.
Oh, and we wish you and yours a very happy Easter! Thank you for visiting our website, we hope you’ll come again. xxxx
This is our newest Easter Bunny letter and it was created this year, so it’s definitely one your child won’t have had before. Just print it and leave it somewhere for him/her to find on Easter Morning.
This is a nice certificate to leave with the Easter Bunny’s eggs. Just print then write your child’s name and the date on it. (Unless you are the real Easter Bunny, you might need to disguise your handwriting!)
As we skip around the internet on our run-up-to-Easter coffee breaks, we can’t help noticing some weird and wonderful Easter eggs. So we thought we’d share them with you.
Knitted Easter Eggs
There seem to be all sorts of knitted Easter eggs around (the picture below shows some from Poland) and when you think about it, they’re probably a great idea. Sure, you could carefully create the gorgeous work-of-art type of knitted egg but you could also knit a more practical variety. Soft, washable, and easy to pack away without breakage to use again next year.
These are just beautiful. As if ordinary eggs weren’t fragile enough, these must be as delicate as you can get.
You can make you’re own – even if they’re not quite as elaborate as those above. Like everything else worth doing, it just takes practice and time.
So how do you make them? Surprisingly, we couldn’t find that many online guides but it’s quite well described on this blog– the pictures help too. (Tip: You may need to use Google Translate if the text doesn’t display in English.) The biggest hurdle is that you’ll need a handheld milling machine of some kind to make the holes in the eggshell. If you’re an ardent crafter whose got one already though, just bleach and blow some eggs then perforate away.
Embroidered Easter Eggs
For anyone handy with a needle and thread, here’s another charming idea. I’m fairy useless at embroidery but these make me wish I wasn’t.
Look carefully and you can see how these are done. Eggs are blown, bleached then embroidered with a needle and colourful thread – often embroidery silks. If you’re a beginner it may be easier to use goose eggs rather than duck or chicken eggs, as they are bigger and their shell is less fragile.
Straw Easter Eggs
Or rather, Easter eggs decorated with bits of straw. Isn’t that clever? And pretty too.
Okay so you can’t craft this one, (or if you can you’re either a wizard or a genius), but we thought we’d mention it regardless. After all, who can think of beautiful eggs without thinking House of Fabergé. This one’s called the Winter Egg and in 1913 it was the most expensive Easter egg ever made.
3.The Easter Bunny leaves presents. Usually sweets or chocolate or both.
In some cultures, he also leaves toys, money, flowers and painted eggs.
He doesn’t always leave his gifts in the same place. In some houses he pops sweets into Easter baskets, boxes or bonnets (the ones your children made earlier, unless as in our family, you forgot to organise that one and had to rush out and buy the nearest thing the same night. Easter flower pots were what we had last year.)
Fortunately if you haven’t had time to make a container of any kind, he can also leave treats in a basket he made himself. (Ours will definitely be doing that this time around.)
Occasionally, the Easter Bunny also likes to leave his eggs in an Easter nest.
In other homes, he hides chocolate all around the house/garden so that the children wake up to an Easter egg hunt. (A quick tip here – don’t let your Easter Bunny hide a cream egg anywhere it can be stepped into the carpet. Cleaning up quite such a sticky mess does not put an Easter smile upon your face.)
4.The Easter Bunny is male. (Well, except for that deliberately flirty, long-lashed one who used to crop up in the Cadbury’s advert. If you’re in the UK you’ll know what we mean.)
5.The Easter Bunny is magical. Obviously. After all, he gets in without a key and manages to bring treats to all the good boys and girls in the world in one night.
6. Though often depicted as white, the Easter Bunny can be any colour. He sometimes carries an Easter basket full of chocolate or painted eggs. He doesn’t generally wear and Easter Bonnet, which, when you think about it, is a bit of a pity.
Paws for Thought – Bunny Differences
There are of course, some ways in which Easter Bunny traditions differ wildly. Here are a few examples:
In Australia, the Easter Bilby is sometimes the visitor of choice to deliver the children’s Easter eggs. Due to the environmental impact of rabbits and the need to support the endangered (and very cute) bilby, many Australians would like to see it replace the Easter Bunny altogether.
In France the magical Flying Bells (les cloches volantes) deliver the eggs instead of a bunny. The idea is that shortly before Easter, all the church bells fly away to Rome and then on their way back, they drop the eggs with which they have been blessed while in the holy city. (We’ve never been in France over Easter but it seems as though if you’re out and about on Easter Eve, it may pay to take an umbrella.)
If you’re wondering how the Easter Bunny gets around the world on the night before Easter, there are different traditions about that too. Some say that he has a secret network of tunnels running all around the world – even under the oceans. If you like that idea, this free printable letter from him backs it up.
There are those who say that like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny travels in a sleigh but instead of reindeer, it is pulled by magical flying hedgehogs.
We’ve also heard tell that he travels on the back of an Easter dragon – which is a rather lovely idea – and on the more outlandish side, that he owns a giant magical flying carrot. And after all, why not? It could be quite useful. No need to stop for snacks if you can simply take a bite out of your vehicle as you glide around the globe.
However he gets around, you can be sure it’s the dead of night and that he doesn’t need a Rudolph-type helper to see in the dark. Not with all those carrots he eats!
Valentine’s Day is always a difficult one for us because as you’ve probably realised if you’re reading this, our site is geared towards kids’ printables. Generally speaking, we find most people don’t think of it as a celebration for children. Once upon a time, it was deemed to be a day for the lonely-hearted to find the courage to secretly send a card to someone they admired. Over the last couple of decades however, it seems to have morphed into a day which emphasises the celebration of love between couples. Either way, it’s still largely one for the grown-ups.
Having said all this, we do often get requests for something to print out for the children… so perhaps the whole day is becoming something of a family affair. For those of you who have asked, here is a small collection of what we do have in the way of printables suitable for Valentine’s Day. We hope you enjoy them and of course, that your day is filled with love.
Write a Poem for Valentine’s Day:
Poetry is a traditional part of Valentine’s Day and you may want to find one online or write your own inside a card. If you’ve no idea where to start, you could always take look back into history. For example, have you ever heard a rhyme which starts, “Roses are red, violets are blue”? Well, its roots are probably older than you think. It has been traced back to a very long poem called “The Faerie Queene”, which was written by a man named Edmund Spenser and published in England in 1590. Just shy of a couple of hundred years later, a more modern take on the rhyme appeared in a collection of English nursery rhymes called “Gammer Gurton’s Garland“:
The rose is red, the violet’s blue, The honey’s sweet, and so are you. Thou art my love and I am thine; I drew thee to my Valentine: The lot was cast and then I drew, And Fortune said it shou’d be you.
Obviously given its age, the verse above is now in the public domain, so feel free to use it yourself in any way you choose. Or, like so many before you, you could copy the first two lines then write your sweetheart a special version it to keep for their very own. We can’t think of a more romantic gift!
Every so often, we create a quick list of the most popular printables around the Rooftop Post site. Obviously, what people find useful changes from season to season but here’s what our visitors are downloading so far this spring: