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Harvest Festival Printables

Autumn is upon us (in the UK anyway) and so is the time of harvest.  In fact, did you know that the Old English word “haerfest” actually means “autumn”?  Yes, indeed, and for those of you looking for some harvest festival printables for your children to help celebrate, we’ve assembled ours below.

Harvest Festival is celebrated on the nearest Sunday to the Harvest Moon (that’s the full moon nearest to the September equinox).  This year, the Harvest Festival Feast will fall on Sunday 24th September 2017.  However, harvest celebrations in general take place over several days, so it doesn’t really matter when you have yours.  Don’t do it after Michaelmas Day on the 29th September though, because that’s when the Harvest Festival period officially ends.  After that of course, we’re in the run up to Halloween

Of course, some of the printables above are also useful for Thanksgiving.

New Colouring Pages

Hello!  As you’ll know if you’re a regular visitor to this site, we add new printable colouring pages whenever we can.  Here are our latest offerings, many of which have been created with the upcoming season of autumn in mind.  We hope you find them useful and that if your children are heading back to school this September, they have a great term.

Summer Party Garlands

Closeup of some printable flower buntingIt’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere,  officially from 21st June to 22nd of September 2017, and for many families, this means celebrations of all kinds.  Perhaps you have a summer birthday in your clan?  Or you can’t wait to treat the kids to a barbecue?  Maybe you’re a fan of Midsummer Night’s Eve?  Or you just can’t think of anything lovelier than drinks, nibbles or whole feasts in the garden?

Whatever the case, we’ve created a couple of quick decorations for you to craft.  There are links to flower, burger, and fruit garlands below, all ready to print out.

Garland of printable flowers

This printable blue and pink flower garland is a great way to decorate your house, garden or balcony for summer parties, barbecues or just because you want to add a bit of summer colour to your life. Here’s what you need: a printer, a pair of scissors, some wool/string and (optionally) some glue.

crafting-materials-for-printable-garland

We know it’s pretty obvious how and make this garland, but we’ve added some steps below to make it even easier.  We hope you (and your children) have a great time decorating for your summer party!

How to Make Your Flower Garland:

STEP 1

Print as many flowers as you want to include in your garland by clicking on the pictures below. (Each one will take you to a pdf file of that flower.)

STEP 2

Carefully cut out your flowers.  Now fold them in half but here’s a tip: You might find it easier to fold them over the string/wool before you glue the two halves together, so that you don’t have to thread it through.

STEP 3

Stick the two halves together but only glue about half or two thirds of the blank side, leaving a nice wide unglued bit at the top for your string/wool to go through.  This makes it much easier to rethread if you want to rearrange anything – you won’t have to fiddle about trying to force your string through a very small space!  Finally, you might like to know that when we made ours, we found wool much better than string – it just seemed better at holding each flower in place.

STEP 4

Hang your beautiful string of flowers somewhere in your garden or home and give yourself  big pat on the back for such brilliant crafting!  As you can see, we hung ours in our garden, just above our gate.  A final tip: once the glue was dry we trimmed each flower to make sure there were no bits of white paper showing around the edges.

If flowers aren’t right for you, or if you’re looking for something that might be more popular with boys, you could…

Make a Burger Garland

Burger GarlandThese are great for barbecues, just use the picture below to print cut out, fold over string and stick.  (You make these exactly the same way as the flower garland, so if you’re stuck, just use the crafting  steps above.)

You could also jazz up any summer party with this delicious-looking decorations…

Fruit Garland

To make your own fabulous fruit bunting, visit this page.  Good luck and have a wonderful summer! xx

Make a Miniature Tooth Fairy Letter

Miniature Tooth Fairy and matching envelope for a child's 1st ToothThere are many beautiful Tooth Fairy letters out there in the cloud and some of the loveliest ones are very small.  Fairy-sized in fact.  However, it can be rather fiddly to find a tiny pen (and perhaps your strongest reading glasses!) to write one yourself, so we thought we’d post a couple that are ready-written and free to print out.  All you’ll need to make yours is a pair of scissors a dab of glue for the tiny envelope flaps.

Photograph of a miniature Tooth Fairy letter being held in someone's hand.
Miniature Tooth Fairy Letter

So far, we’ve got two letters for a general tooth pick-up and one for a first tooth.  Each comes with a matching envelope for a girl or a boy – whichever you want.  (They’re all below.)  If you’d rather print a normal-sized letter instead, you can still find a range of them on our Tooth Fairy notes page.  We’ll be tracking how busy this page is and if it proves popular, we’ll make more miniature letters in the not-to-distant future.

Choose Your Printable Miniature Letter Below:

Just click on the picture of the Tooth Fairy letter you want and you’ll be taken to a PDF file to print and/or download.  It’s all free but if you like these and want to support us, come back and see us soon, join our mailing list, or let a friend know.  Happy crafting!

Top Tip:

Fairy dust or ultra fine glitter, good for crafting, being blown out of a woman's hands.If you’re a bit of a fairy crafting fiend, dipping your tiny Tooth Fairy letter in ultra fine glitter before you put it in the envelope will make it sparkle beautifully when your child takes it out.  The glitter won’t stick unless it’s the very fine kind though, like the glitter you see people using for nail art.  The best place to find some is probably ebay.  Also, beware, it can get everywhere and if you spill it on the carpet you’ll spot the occasional sparkle for months, in spite of your best efforts to vacuum it away.  We recommend using it on a tray.

A miniature Tooth Fairy letter with a matching envelope for a little girl.
Miniature Tooth Fairy Letter for a Young Lady

Don’t forget we also have a range of Tooth Fairy certificates you can print out – although they are human rather than fairy-sized!

Your Fairy Ideas

Hello dear visitors!  First of all a big thank you to all of you who have dropped us a line since the new year with your fairy requests and ideas.  We LOVE to hear your thoughts.  As you know, we don’t always have time to make everything we would want to, but we do try to answer everyone and create the printables that seem the most popular.

This month, the Tooth Fairy has been much in demand, so as you’ll see further down this page, we’ve done what we can.  We’ve had a couple of people asking for other magical bits and pieces too, and they’re also below.   We hope you enjoy them!

More Fairy Things

Remember that if your little one is fairy mad, we’ve got lots of other free resources too.

Three of our printable fairy bookmarks
Fairy Bookmarks

For example you might like our fairy bookmarks or our fairy paper dolls.  Our fairy colouring pages also remain popular, which always surprises us what with all the low-cost easily available colouring books these days!

If you have a particular fairy printable you’d like to see on this site, you can always get in touch and tell us about it.  Sometimes people use our Facebook page but we’re always happy for you to drop us a line directly on:

We can’t always create everything we’re asked to but we try to please as many people as possible, so ideas which we think would be useful to a large number of parents are likely to get priority.  A big thanks once more to all who have already got in touch. x

 

The Magic of Fairies

Little girl looking at a fairy
I spy a fairy!

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.

blue-winter-fairy

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.

Two Treasure Hunts – Pirates and Mermaids

Pirate and Mermaid Treasure Hunt Clues
Pirate and Mermaid Treasure Hunt Clues

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:
Printable Pirate Treasure Hunt
Printable Pirate Treasure Hunt
GET CLUES AS PDF

 

Mermaid Treasure Hunt Clues:
Mermaid Treasure Hunt
Mermaid Treasure Hunt
GET CLUES AS PDF

 

Further Help: 

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!
I’m piraty-proud,
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:

Printable Pirate Certificate: Honorary Pirate
Honorary Pirate Certificate
(No name needed)

 

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 always 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 competition you couldn’t add a name in advance because you wouldn’t know which child was going to get to the end first!):

Mermaid Certificate: Mermaid Friend (No name needed)
Mermaid Friend (No name needed)

 

Attribution: All pirate and mermaid rhymes in the clues above were written by Leone Annabella Betts and have been reproduced on this site with her blessing.

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:

Printable Pirate Certificates – All sorts of certificates for young pirates.  You can watch a video about making one here.

Pirate Cupcake Wrappers – Do pirates eat cupcakes?  Who knows?  But if they do, they’d be decorated with their own piraty wrappers.

Bits and Bobs for Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingAlthough we are based in the UK, we know we have many American visitors, so we occasionally add resources for Thanksgiving.  Here are they are, in no particular order.

  • Thanksgiving Notes – Little notes to print and/or write on, saying what you give thanks for.

Our Favourites: