We’ve had a lot of requests for achievement certificates for schoolwork this month, possibly to help encourage children to keep up with their children during lockdown. If you’re a parent helping with your child’s learning, well done, you’re doing a great job and our thoughts are with you.
We’ll add to these printable certificates over the next few days, but here’s what we’ve got so far:
Our Award from the Council of Dragons is always popular too!
You might also like these school-themed resources:
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:
Welcome to all our St David’s Day printables! We’ve only just started these and are hoping to add to them in future years but in the meantime we hope you and your children enjoy them… and that you have a very happy time on the 1st of March, celebrating the patron saint of Wales.
If you’re looking for things to print out for St George’s Day this year, we’ve gathered all ours together below. You might also want to check out our general dragon page for further ideas.
First off, here are a couple of St George certificates:
We have some dragon certificates available too, which might come in handy. Here are a couple of examples – click here to see more:
We’ve also got some knight and dragon-themed colouring:
Looking to decorate your home or classroom? You might find something useful in our collection of St George’s Day bunting:
You might also like these free printable greetings cards:
St George’s Day Story for Young Children
One of the problems with the St George’s Day story is that like many old tales, it can be viewed as a bit violent and sexist by today’s standards. While this isn’t such an issue for older children who can understand it’s of its time, it can make it hard to tell to little ones. With this in mind, we’ve created what we hope is a slightly more child-friendly version of the story. We haven’t changed the core narrative, but we have retold it by:
making it clear that this particular dragon was dangerous and cruel;
empowering the princess to take part in deciding her own fate, rather than just being treated as an object for her father to give away as a prize in a male battle;
glossing over the violence of the fight between the dragon and George, which in many of the older stories is a bit gory and drawn out.
St George Activity Idea for Older Children:
If you are dealing with older rather than younger children, you could create a great learning activity by telling them a more adult version of the story and asking them how they would change it to tell to a younger child, or to suit a modern audience.
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.
Free colouring pages are scattered throughout 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 Janaury 2016. We hope you child enjoys colouring them in.
Pens or Crayons?
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.
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.