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May Day Printables

To make it nice and easy for you to prepare for May Day, 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?

maypole-and-may-queenMay 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.

Picture of a maypole for children to colour in.
Maypole Colouring for May Day

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.

Another idea might be to make a paper flower garland:

Garland of printable flowers

Or print a few flowery paper baubles:

May Baskets

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.

Even More Decorations for May Day:

Of course, another lovely way to decorate is good old-fashioned paper chains… anything with a spring theme.  Like these:

VE Day Bunting

Is it really that time of year again already?  Yes, indeed.  Spring is in the air and Victory in Europe Day is coming up very soon (9 May) so for those of you looking to decorate, we’ve collected our VE Day printables together in this post.  All free, of course!

VE Day Posters:

Planning on serving cupcakes?  Your tea table could look extra special with some printable cupcake wrappers:

You might also like our NHS rainbow printables.

Rainbow Posters

Are you looking to show your support for the NHS or other key workers?  Great!  It’s lovely to see rainbows popping up in windows all over the UK, appreciating just how precious all our health workers are.  Here’s our little contribution – a collection of rainbow posters for children to print and colour in:

By the way, we think it’s really nice of you to think of others during this difficult time.  Your kindness is far more magical than anything we do on this site.

If you have a key worker among your friends or family, why not colour in a poster just for them? We’ve tried to include as many as we could think of, and there’s one you can fill in yourself if we’ve missed someone.

Looking for plain rainbow colouring without any writing? These are two of our favourites?

And here are two final posters which are key to that all-important message to stay home if you can:

Fairyland Newspaper: Easter Issue

A picture of the Easter issue of The Midnight Messenger, a fairyland newspaper from Rooftop Post
The Midnight Messenger – Fairyland’s Newspaper!

Hello lovely visitors!  With so many of us stuck inside this year, here we thought we’d share a bit of fun and publish an Easter Issue of our newspaper form Fairyland, The Midnight Messenger.  It can be read by your children at any time in the run up to Easter.

The Midnight Messenger is the newspaper which gets delivered all around the magical world – read by everyone from Santa and his elves to the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and every other magical personality you can think of.  And this month, your child can read it too!

We’ve uploaded it as a PDF.  Just click here or on the picture below to download or view it.  It’s completely free.  We hope it makes you and your little ones smile.

P. S.

If you enjoy this resource, please consider telling others.  Our site survives because of people like you using it.  Thanks x

Note from the Easter Bunny to go with this issue
This is a handwritten note from the Easter Bunny which has been written to go with out fairy newspaper, The Midnight Messenger. The idea is that you print out both before Easter.
Easter Bunny note to go with the Easter issue of The Midnight Messenger

If you have decided to leave a copy of the Midnight Messenger (above) somewhere for your child to find before Easter, you might like to put this note from the Easter Bunny with it, so that they know what it is.

It also lets your child know how good he or she has been and that that makes the Easter Bunny very proud.

More About the Midnight Messenger:

For those of you after more information about our Fairyland newspaper, it was first put together in 2003 by L A Betts.  It was early days for our site and as we didn’t have many visitors back then, after a couple of years  we retired it.  However, it carried on being delivered every month to magical folk of course, and has often mentioned in our other creations, such as the Father Christmas letters.

The Midnight Messenger is normally in black and white, but special issues like the Easter one above, are in colour.  It regularly features news from well-known parts of the magical world, like Father Christmas’s house in the North Pole, and features many familiar characters such as Jack Frost, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy.  But it also features new characters your child won’t have heard of, such as the Worrying Witch, the Fortune-Telling Toad and all sorts of goblins, fairies and elves.

It’s always hard to know what people want more of, but if we sense the Midnight Messenger is popular, we’ll consider adding further issues to our site.

 

Easter Bunny Indoor Treasure Hunt

There’s nothing like an treasure hunt over the Easter holidays, especially on Easter Morning.  Here’s one from the Easter Bunny, with eight rhyming clues.  If you’ve got some small chocolates such as chocolate coins, mini eggs, or even just some small wrapped sweets, we suggest you make it eggstra exciting by putting one with each clue.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!)  Or, if you’re looking for a healthy, sugar-free option, you could try sticks of carrot – wrapped of course – you don’t want bits of fluff and dust sticking to them!

What the “treasure” is at the end of the hunt isn’t specified in our clues, so it’s up to you.  Easter eggs or other sweets are obviously the  most popular, but if you’re looking for other ideas, you could always try Easter crackers or cupcakes or any other treat you think your children might like.  If you’ve got a printer, you could always add our Good Egg Award from the Easter Bunny for the winner, too.

What You Need:

A printer for the clues of course, and some scissors to cut them out.  This is an indoor game and we have tried to make sure that the clues only include objects (such as a bag or a chair) that exist in any house.  You’ll also need some “treasure” to leave with the last clue.

Flamingo Treasure Hunt Clues:
Printable clues from the Easter Bunny for a children's treasure hunt game. Useful for Easter egg hunts indoors.
Printable Easter Treasure Hunt Clues
GET CLUES AS PDF
Are these clues too small for you?

We have some bigger versions for anyone who wants them, spread over two separate pages, to get them just click the links below:

If you want just the words…

If you’d prefer to avoid printing images, for example if you’re trying to save the colour ink in your printer, the text of our clues is below.  You can highlight, copy and print it in black and white.

Hoppity hop!
Let’s go, let’s begin…
Look for a cupboard,
The first clue’s within.

Bouncity bounce!
You’re well on your way,
The next clue is near
A thing you can spray.

Skipity skip!
You’re playing for keeps,
The next clue is hidden
Where somebody sleeps.

Jumpity jump!
Then follow this clue,
You’ll find what you seek
Near something that’s blue.

Quickity quick!
Don’t dawdle or lag,
The next clue is hiding
In some sort of bag.

Floppity flop!
If you’re tired, go to bed!
But you’ll miss the next clue
Which is near something red.

Springity spring!
As high as a hare!
The last clue is waiting
Not far from a chair.
Jump up for joy,
You’ve got to the end!
The treasure is yours,
Well done my dear friend.

More Easter Printables

We love Easter and that magical feeling of spring that comes with it, so we’re always adding to out Easter resources.  The ones which seem to be most popular so far are our Easter Bunny notes and letter, and our Easter Bunny certificates.  For those of you who are Australian, we also have some Easter Bilby printables.  They’re all free to print out for personal use.

If your child has been coping with being stuck in the house recently, for example because of having to staying in due to COVID-19, we have a note from the Easter Bunny saying well done.

Whatever your situation, we hope you your family have a lovely time this year.

Popular Notes from Santa

Need a quick little note from Santa?  Here are a handful of our most popular ones, there are lots more here.

And in case you’re really busy, here are a couple of envelopes you can print and fold to put them in:

We hope these have been of help and that you and your children have a magical Christmas this year. x

 

Best of Bonfire Night

Although dwindling in popularity compared to Halloween, the 5th of November is still celebrated in many parts of the UK.  We’ve created a handful of printables with this in mind and whether it’s “Bonfire Night”, “Guy Fawkes Night” or “Fireworks Night” in your house, we hope you find them useful.

Remember, Remember Scrolls

If you’re looking for a printable version of that famous Guy Fawkes Night chant, ours are below.  They’re a great way to add to the 5th of November decorations.

 

You’re on the Nice List!

If you’re little one has been good enough to make it onto Santa’s Nice list this year, these free printables might come in handy.  They’re everything we’ve got – old and new – that lets a child know he or she has been good enough, (or very nearly good enough), for Christmas gifts.

Please remember all resources are for personal use only.  Thanks.

Blank Christmas Notepaper for DIYing

Of course you might want to write your own note from Father Christmas to let your little on know they’ve made it onto his Nice List.  If so, our blank Christmas notepaper could come in handy.

For more, check out the area of our site which is completely dedicated to Christmas.  We’ve been moving all our free Christmas printables there bit by bit and if we have any new ones, that’s where they’ll be.

Back to School

It’s that time of year again (where did the holidays go?!) and we’ve collected together all our best free printables for kids going back to school.  First, here’s a bit of colouring in:

Next, here are a few certificates you might find useful:

 

 

10 Summer Favourites

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:

1 Summer Party Bags

Summer Party Bags
Summer Party Bags

2 Super Summer Brushing Tooth Fairy Certificate

Free printable Tooth Fairy certificate for a child who has been brushing over the summer
Super Summer Brushing Certificate
(No name needed)

3 Summer Traveller Pirate Certificate

Free printable pirate certificate - summer traveller
Summer Traveller Pirate Certificate
(Ready to personalise)

4 Tooth Fairy Note: Carry on Brushing This Summer

Little letter from the Tooth Fairy - keep cleaning your teeth over the summer
Keep Cleaning Your Teeth This Summer

5 Summer Colouring Pages

6 Summer Party Invitations

7 Fairy Certificate of Summer Sportiness

Free printable Fairy Certificate of Summer Sportiness for your child
Fairy Certificate of Summer Sportiness

8 Remember to Pack Your Toothbrush! (Tooth Fairy Note)

Printable note from the Tooth Fairy reminding a child to pack a toothbrush
Remember to Pack Your Toothbrush

9 Summer Roses Paper Basket

Roses Paper Basket
Roses Paper Basket

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.

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.