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 22nd September 2019. (The equinox is actually the day after, on the 23rd.) However, harvest celebrations in general take place over several days, so it doesn’t really matter when you have yours. Don’t do it after Michaelmas Day on the 29th September though, because that’s when the Harvest Festival period officially ends. After that of course, we’re in the run up to Halloween…
Of course, some of the printables above are also useful for Thanksgiving.
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.
If you’re Cornish and it’s the 5th of March, happy St Piran’s Day! If you’re not Cornish and you’re wondering what we’re talking about, St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall. He’s also considered to be the protector of tin mines and animals. In fact, it was thought that animals were the some of the first to follow him when her first arrived in Cornwall, and he could speak to them as easily as to human beings.
Every year, he is celebrated in Cornwall with processions, parades and much merrymaking. Daffodils are the flowers most often used to decorate, either in vases or as a buttonhole. Feasting is also popular, particularly of traditional Cornish food. Because of the time of year, St Piran’s Day is very much a spring festival. It’s a time of joy that the weather is getting warmer and an opportunity to give thanks that the winter has been survived.
We don’t have a huge number of St Piran’s Day printables yet, but if you’re thinking of celebrating, you might find something useful from the selection below:
Now that spring is on the way (at least in here in the northern hemisphere), maybe it’s time to get active. Or perhaps you’ve been struck by a sudden need to clear away the cobwebs and spring clean the house. Either way, if you’re hoping to enthuse the kids, you could try rewarding them with one of these fun certificates. If schoolwork is more your child’s thing, there are a couple of certificates for that too. Everyone likes to see their efforts recognised, just print them out and stick the to the wall or fridge.
Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to write those thank you notes. For very young children or those who are easily bored, it can help to have a printable note to fill in. If that’s what you’re looking for, ours are below. Good luck and all the best for the new year!
Of course, you might be looking for some blank notepaper instead, so that your little one can write their own thank you message from beginning to end. If that’s the case, you might find this printable notepaper useful:
Hello! We generally create printables for children but these days, Valentine’s day is for everyone. Far from being just for couples, we’re seeing cards sending love to all sorts of family members and friends, not to mention the wider world. Pink and red decorations appear in shops and homes alike and some people are even using it as an opportunity to spoil themselves. And why not? It”s good to love yourself, too.
So, with the aim of moving with the times, we’ve put the printables we thought you might find useful this Valentine’s Day here on one page. Thinking that the kids might want to help out, we’ve focussed on printable four-fold cards and colouring in. We hope you, your children, your family and whoever else is special to you enjoy them. Oh, and from all of us here at Rooftop Post, have a happy and magical Valentine’s.
What to write in your Valentine’s Card:
It’s never easy to think what to write in your Valentine’s card, and of course, a lot depends on who you’re writing to.
From a Secret Admirer
For example, if you’re sending a card from a secret admirer, it’s best to stick to funny or lightly romantic – as a mystery sender you don’t want to sound too serious (because that can make some people nervous) and it’s attractive to have a sense of humour. If you’re really stuck, here are a couple of ideas:
I’m sending you this Valentine’s card to let you know that whenever I see you, you make me smile. Have a wonderful day!
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I’m incredibly lucky
To be friends with you!
I like you. Even more than chocolate/football/any other (light-hearted) favourite thing. Have a very happy Valentine’s Day!
You’re that “nothing” when people ask me what I’m thinking about.
For a Partner
On the other hand, if you’re writing to a long-term partner, pretty much anything goes. You know their likes and dislikes better than anyone, and even though you might feel as if you can’t think of anything, just take the plunge because most of your thoughts will be appreciated. Remember, this person already likes or loves you. If you’re really stuck, thanking them for all they do and is a good start, and should get you thinking about what those things are. Name them, if you can. After all, letting someone know you’ve noticed all those small ways they make your life nicer is always going to make them smile.
For Family and Friends
For friends or non-romantic family, think of the sorts of things you’d put in a normal greetings card and just edit those sentiments a bit to suit Valentine’s. Here are some examples:
Happy Valentine’s Day! I wanted to send you a card to say I hope your life is filled with love for the whole year ahead.
As it’s Valentine’s, I just wanted to let you know how much you are loved and appreciated by me (and all the family). Have a great day.
Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day from a family who loves you.
To my best friend, I thought I’d use Valentine’s Day to send you lots of love and let you know how special you are. My world is about a million times better for having you in it.
Looking for printables for your Burns Night celebrations? We’ve put all our favourite Robert Burns and Scottish themed decorations (new and old) here in one place. We hope you have lovely evening on January 25th. Here’s to one of Scotland’s finest poets!
What is Burns Night?
Burns Night is a celebration which is held to remember the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. It takes place either on or near his birthday, which is January 25th.
Today, it is celebrated by Scottish people all over the world, often by way of eating a supper which includes a haggis, neeps and tatties. A favoured drink on Burns Night is whisky. Selections of Burns’ poetry are often read out loud, which given his rythmic style and wonderful talent for conjuring up images full of emotion, is a real treat.
If you’ve never been to a Burns Night supper and you get invited to one, go! It’s a great night out.
Halloween is over and it’s nearly 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.
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.
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.