With Christmas over and the new year at the starting block, we thought we’d list a few of our favourite printables for January. Some are new and some are old favourites but our site is getting so big that we thought a little list might help make sure there’s no mid-winter magic you’ve missed.
Are you looking for our latest Christmas printables? Well, you can find them on the Christmas area of our site, or just click on the links which interest you below.
We wish you a truly magical Christmas, and all the best for the new year.
Yay, it’s that spooooooky time of year again and time to decorate accordingly! Here are our fave decorations from around our site. Hope you and your family have a scarily good time.
If you don’t happen to live deep inside a magic forest, you can still get that enchanted autumn look with these printable paper leaves. They look gorgeous in any room and are useful for any festival in fall, including Halloween.
Up next are these fabulously witchy pantry labels, for all your potion ingredients. Print and stick on jars and bottles all around your home to turn your house into a veritable witch’s hovel!
These fun poems with a witch’s spell theme make a lovely addition to your Halloween decor. Just print them out and pin them around the house. Or you could write some of your own!
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
Other useful Labels:
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.
Oh – and if you’re folding/rolling up your letter and want the back to look pretty, you can always print one of our Christmassy letter-back designs on the other side.
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.
Another certificate from Santa – but this time one’s just for November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.