Category Archives: Colouring

St George’s Day Printables

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.

The PDF of our St George’s Story for Children is free to download and we hope you find it useful.

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.

Other Activities:

This St George’s Day word search is another fun printable activity.  Just click/tap it to download the free PDF.

There are two more word searches below which are suitable for St George’s Day.

Colouring for Spring

This is just a quick post to gather together all our favourite colouring pages for spring.  Great for those rainy afternoons with the children, though fingers crossed you won’t get too many!

Along with colouring pages, you might also enjoy the following printables which are popular in spring:

Mermaid Certificates

Learning to Swim - free mermaid certificate
Learning to Swim

Our mermaid certificates are always popular in spring – though we’re never quite sure why!  Possibly it’s a time when children learn to swim.  Anyway, they’re also fun for children’s parties, oh, and we’ve got a mermaid invitations and a mermaid treasure hunt you can print too.

Pastel Alphabet Bunting

Perhaps it’s the soft spring colours that make our printable pastel alphabet bunting a popular download at this time of year.

Tooth Fairy Notes

Notes from the Tooth Fairy

These little notes from the Tooth fairy never stop being popular, no matter what the time of year. At the moment, they are among our top five most visited pages.

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.

Latest Colouring Pages

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.