Category Archives: Our Favourite Printables

These are the bits and pieces on our site that we like best.

Messages from the Easter Bunny

Hello and welcome to a post where we’ve added together all our best messages from the Easter Bunny.  (If you’re Australian you might want our Easter Bilby resources instead.)  Whether notes, letters or certificates, we bet your little one would love to hear from the most magical rabbit in the world this year.

Along with the little messages and certificates above, one of our favourite Easter resources is this full-length letter from the Easter Bunny.  It’s a lovely thing for a child to find with the eggs on Easter Morning… adds a sprinkle of magic to the this holiday occasion.

Looking for some blank Easter notepaper?  Try these:

 

Printable Fruit Garland

Printable Fruit Garland

This printable fruit garland is a great way to decorate your house for summer parties, barbecues or just because you want to freshen up your child’s bedroom.  All you need is a printer, a pair of scissors, some wool/string and (optionally) some glue.

crafting-materials-for-printable-garland

We know you can probably make this garland without instructions, but we’ve added some steps below, just to help out.  We hope you (and your children) have as much fun making it as we did!

homemade-fruit-vegetable-summer-party-garland

How to Make Your Fruit Garland:

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

Carefully cut out your fruit slices and fold them in half.  Each one is a perfect circle, to make this easy.

STEP 3

Hang the folded fruit slices over a piece of string or wool.  TIP: If you are making a long garland and you find the fruit slices are sliding about, tie knots in the string in between each one, to keep them in place.  Alternatively, stretch the string straight (like a washing line) and smear/brush some glue along it, then place the fruit slices where you want them before leaving to dry.  Once dry, they should stay in place.

STEP 4

fruity-summer-garland-wall-decoration

Hang it somewhere in your home!  We chose our fireplace because we were a bit short on time… but you can probably think of somewhere much nicer.  They do look especially nice in children’s bedrooms.

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.

New Tooth Fairy and Birthday Fairy Notes

Tooth Fairy and Birthday Fairy
Tooth Fairy and Birthday Fairy

We’ve been updating our Tooth Fairy and Birthday Fairy notes this week and we thought you might find it useful to see a quick list of which notes are brand new.

We’ll continue adding notes from both these magical characters whenever we can.  If you enjoy a particular note, please consider liking it using the social media buttons (Facebook, Twitter etc) at the bottom of the relevant page.  This helps us work out what’s popular and what to make more of.  Thanks. x

Here are our latest  notes:

1. Tooth Fairy Note: Another Tooth Already?!

Another Tooth Already!
Another Tooth Already!

2. Tooth Fairy Note: Thank You for Your Front Tooth

Thank You for Your Front Tooth
Thank You for Your Front Tooth

3. Tooth Fairy Note: Collecting Your First Tooth

Collecting Your First Tooth
Collecting Your First Tooth

4. Birthday Fairy Note: Happy Birthday (for a Girl)

Letter from the Birthday Fairy (for a girl)
Letter from the Birthday Fairy (for a girl)

5. Birthday Fairy Note: Happy Birthday (for a Boy)

Letter from the Birthday Fairy (for a boy)
Letter from the Birthday Fairy (for a boy)

6. Birthday fairy Note: Birthday Girl Poem

Birthday Fairy Letter with Poem for a Girl
Birthday Fairy Letter with Poem for a Girl

7. Birthday Fairy Note: Birthday Boy Poem

Birthday Fairy Letter with Poem for a Boy
Birthday Fairy Letter with Poem for a Boy

Beyond uploading new notes, you’ll noticed that we’ve reorganised the Tooth Fairy’s messages into categories.  We hope this will make it easier to find the note you need.

As for the Birthday Fairy, she has only just started writing messages for our site.  We hope to hear more from her soon.  To find out when she writes something new, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter, join our mailing list or simply keep an eye on our Birthday Fairy note page.

 

 

Top Ten Printables

Ever wondered which of our printables other visitors like best?  Well, we thought we’d put together a list of this month’s top ten for you to browse.  We hope you find it of interest.

1. Tooth Fairy Note: Thank You for Your Tooth! – This one didn’t surprise us.  It’s a basic Tooth Fairy note suitable for just about any little one who has just lost a tooth.

2. Tooth Fairy Certificate: Award for Losing Your Very First Tooth – We think this one’s probably so popular because it’s an editable PDF.  That’s to say all you have to do is type your child’s name straight onto it then print it out.

3. Halloween Party Invitation – Ah, well this will be due to the time of year. (Can’t believe it’s October already!)  We suspect it will slip off the top ten list as soon as the 31st has been and gone.  Oh, and while we’re on the subject of all things seasonal, British visitors who like our party invitations might like to check out our Bonfire Night one before November 5th.

4. Tooth Fairy Envelope – Of course, once you’ve printed a note, you need a little fairy envelope.  Makes sense.  Don’t forget though, there are other fairyland envelopes too.

5. Tooth Fairy Note: Lost Tooth – Ok, this one surprised us.  Who would have thought there were so many lost teeth?  Then again, if you think about it, it’s probably pretty common for teeth to fall out at school or at friends houses or just about anywhere where they’d easily go astray. We’re glad this little note’s of help.

6. Tooth Fairy Note: Sorry I Forgot to Pick Up Your Tooth! – It doesn’t surprise us that this one’s popular, it’s a bit of a lifesaver and we’ve used it ourselves.

7. Tooth Fairy Note: Visiting the Dentist – It’s good to see this here.  It’s such a sweet, reassuring note if you’ve got a child who’s a bit nervous about a trip to the dentist.  Always makes us smile.

8. Blank Fairy Notepaper (pink) – Glad to see this in the top ten.  We had no idea if there was any call for it, but it seems quite popular, which is always nice.

9. Santa’s Magic Mirror Writing – It seems that Christmas is creeping in!  We’re sure this one will top the list before the year’s out, it’s always popular.  It’s a magical way to encourage children to be good as Christmas gets nearer.  Clearly some of you just can’t wait… and we don’t blame you!

10. Junior Pirate Certificate – Another editable PDF here, nice and easy just to add the date and your young pirate’s name.  Arrrr!