Are you making jams, jellies or preserves? We’ve added these pretty labels to our pantry label range, and you’re welcome to download and print them for free. We’ve only put the name of the fruit on each label, so that they’ll do for jam or jelly or anything of that kind. Hope you find them useful, and good luck with your jam-making project! x
Not long now until that spooky time of year – so we’ve collected a few of our favourite Halloween printables together below. Some are popular every year, others are new additions. Whatever you’re doing on the 31st of October, we hope you have a frighteningly good time!
No Trick or Treat Posters
Trick or treating is great fun but it’s fine not to want to take part. You don’t need to give your reasons to opt out but one of the best ways to let trick or treaters know it’s not for you is to put a light-hearted notice up in your window. Here are a few which might help you out.
If you’re looking for some simple paper decorations to hang around the house, you might also like our Halloween ghosts:
Oooo! And before you go, you might like to create some decorative jars full of spooky potion ingredients. If so, why not make use of our Witch’s Pantry Potion Labels. It’s a great way to get your house looking just like a witch’s hovel!
You may think it’s a way off but before you know it, it’ll be that time a year again!
Sure, it’s an inner groan from those of us who dread the Christmas shopping but on the children front, it’s hard not to smile when you think of the upcoming magic. We’ve been doing this long enough to know that right this minute there are children out there wondering if they’ve been good enough (and if not trying to do better rather hurriedly!) for a certain someone to bring presents this year.
It’s a great time, therefore, to encourage your little ones to use their imaginations… Far up in the North Pole the Christmas clock is ticking; the elves have started to wrap up their presents, the reindeer have begun getting into shape for the long journey on Christmas Eve, and the Nice List is sparkling into life. Will your little one’s name magically appear on it?
With this in mind and for all those who just can’t wait, here are our five favourite free early Christmas printables. In our house, we use them to build excitement early on, so that by the time Christmas rolls around, our children can almost hear the sleigh bells. We hope you and yours enjoy them too.
If your child has been good, it’s never too early to let them know they’re on the nice list! As well as being a printable image you can write on, this one also comes as an editable PDF, which means you can just hit the appropriate button (underneath the main image) and type straight onto the certificate.
Not quite what you’re looking for? Check out the rest of our Christmas certificates here.
This is a great note for anyone who wants to let their children know that a couple of Santa’s elves are popping by (in secret of course) to see if they’re being good. Use it as early as you like to encourage good behaviour and for extra effect, print and fold a little envelope from Santa to put it in.
Your child will need a mirror to read this top-secret message – but that’s all part of the magic.
This cute certificate is a great reward for a child wh has been good all year. It’s such a great feeling to know the elves have noticed!
You can either print this certificate and add your child’s name or personalise it by downloading it as an editable PDF. If you’re in a rush and would rather not bother with a name at all, there’s a version without one here.
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.
When is Harvest Festival (UK)?
Harvest Festival is celebrated on the nearest Sunday to the Harvest Moon (that’s the full moon nearest to the September equinox). This year in the United Kingdom, the Harvest Festival Feast will fall on Sunday 3rd October 2021. (The equinox is actually a few days before that, on the 22nd September.)
However, harvest celebrations in general take place over several days, so it doesn’t really matter when you have yours. Traditionally, it was never held after Michaelmas Day on the 29th September though, because that’s when the church decided that the Harvest Festival period should officially end. The idea was that all the crops had to be brought in before St Michael’s Mass and that parishes would then gather in their churches to give thanks. These days, dates are not as strict.
That said, traditions surrounding bringing in the harvest predate Christianity, in the UK going back to at least Saxon times. Some of the very old traditions are feasting, dancing and playing games. Making corn dollies was also popular, which were carefully kept in people’s homes as a tribute to the Spirit of the Corn or Goddess of the Grain, in the hope that he or she would make sure there was a good harvest the following year. Not all corn dollies were made in the shape of a doll mind you, some were woven to look like bells, crosses, knots, spirals and animals such as hares and horses. Different parts of the country often had their own corn dolly traditions.
All in all, Harvest Festival time was a chance to come together and have fun, to be thankful for whatever the land had supplied, and to lift people’s spirits and put them in a positive frame of mind, ready to get through the winter.
After all that of course, we’re in the run up to Halloween…
Of course, some of the printables above are also useful for Thanksgiving.
Ah summer… and colouring. Two of our favourite things rolled into one! Our colouring is aimed at children rather than adults, although grown-ups are welcome to do it too, of course. After all, studies have shown that simply colouring in a picture is good for your mental health – a relaxing pastime no matter what age you are.
We’ve put all our summer colouring faves together below, so they’re easy for you to scroll through. We hope you enjoy them. x
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.
Ah spring. (At least if, like us, you’re in the northern hemisphere.) The lambs, the daffodils, the bluebells, the light. Goodness, we’ve missed the light. And of course, Easter around the corner. It’s always a bit of rush in our house to get everything done, unlike Christmas, which seems to be hanging around from September onwards these days. We always feel that Easer rather jumps out from around the proverbial corner – and a mad scramble for eggs, decorations and magical Easter Bunny printables is pretty much guaranteed. Talking of which, our top picks for this year are below…
Easter Bunny Certificates:
We’ve built up quite a few of these over the years, and you can find all of them on this page. However, our four favourites are a follows:
Easter Bunny Letters and/or Notes
As with the certificates, we’ve created a fair few of these now but these are the ones we like the best. Hopefully, you’ll like them too:
From the minute the Easter Holidays start it can be great fun to gather up some children and make the house look lovely. The spring decorations we like most are below, though it’s also worth hunting around the internet for more such things, for as much as we’d love you to stay on this site forever, there are lots of other gorgeous decorative ideas out there.
Easter Bilby Resources:
Okay, so we’re based in the UK, but we love the idea of the Easter Bilby and for any Australians out there, these are the four bilby resources to make sure you don’t miss:
Easter Fairy Newspaper
Our Easter issue of our printable fairy newspaper, The Midnight Messenger is also available as a bit of free magic for your child. It’s best read in the run-up to Easter and will let your child know all about what’s going in the Easter Bunny’s chocolate factory under the ground.
Happy new year! We hope 2021 brings much joy and magic to you and your little ones.
January is always a quiet month for our site but for those of you who have taken the time to pop by (thanks!), we’ve collected together what we think are the most useful printables for this month. Many are old favourites but there are one or two new resources as well. Just scroll down and you’ll find them below…
January can be a good time to get the family active again after all those Christmas goodies, so these certificates might come in useful too:
Oh… and don’t forget it’s Burns Night on Jan 25th!
Finally, there’s always time for fairy messages, no matter what the time of year. Whether you’re writing your own or using some of our fairy notes and certificates, here are a few of our favourites:
And for anyone looking for a relaxing (not to mention decorative!) start to the new year, here’s a bit more printable colouring:
This year, we’ve created a few extra letters from Father Christmas to try and help you spread a bit of magic after such a hard year. They’re all free to print for your personal use. You can find them on the Christmas section of our site. Have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year. x
It’s so important to remember those who laid down their lives in the hope of of keeping the rest of us safe, that we might inherit a better world. Of course, we remember them for more than just one day a year, but Remembrance Day is a chance to do so together, and with that in mind, below are the printables we’ve got which we think might be useful for this day.
While Remembrance Sunday is always the second Sunday in November, Remembrance Day in the UK is on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. On that day at 11:00 GMT a two-minute silence is usually observed to commemorate those who died in conflict. Remembrance Day is also called “Armistice Day”.