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”.
Hello dear visitors! By popular demand, we’ve uploaded a summer issue of our Fairyland newspaper, the Midnight Messenger, for you to print for your child. We especially hope it will help entertain those of you still in lockdown around the world or who are having to self-isolate thanks to Covid-19.
In this issue you can find out what’s been happening at Christmas House, where the Easter Bunny has been on holiday and what the Tooth Fairy’s been up to as of late. As always, our thanks to Leone Betts for all her hard work putting it together and for allowing us to make it free on this site.
Are you looking for the previous issue? It’s here.
What is the Midnight Messenger?
The Midnight Messenger is the newspaper which gets delivered all around the magical world – read by everyone from Santa and his elves to the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and every other magical personality you can think of. And this summer, your child can read it too!
We’ve uploaded it as a PDF. Just click here or on the picture below to download or view it. It’s completely free. We hope it makes you and your little ones smile.
If you enjoy this resource, please consider telling others. Our site survives because of people like you using it. Thanks x
More About the Midnight Messenger:
For those of you after more information about our Fairyland newspaper, it was first created in 2003 by L A Betts. It was early days for our site and as we didn’t have many visitors back then, after a couple of years we retired it. However, it carried on being delivered every month to magical folk of course, and has often mentioned in our other creations, such as the Father Christmas letters.
The Midnight Messenger is normally in black and white, but special issues like the one for Easter, are in colour. It regularly features news from well-known parts of the magical world, like Father Christmas’s house in the North Pole, and features many familiar characters such as Jack Frost, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy. But it also features new characters your child won’t have heard of, such as the Worrying Witch, the Fortune-Telling Toad and all sorts of goblins, fairies and elves.
It’s always hard to know what people want more of, but if we sense the Midnight Messenger is popular, we’ll consider adding further issues to our site.
Ah Midsummer! What a wonderful, magical time. It conjures up long light evenings, fairies of the forests and fields, Shakespearean fantasies, and moonlit picnics. We love all these things and more. Whether you’re celebrating the Solstice or having a Midsummer’s Eve Party or just a family celebration on Midsummer’s Day, all our Midsummer printables are on this page.
Having a midsummer party? These decorations might help you make it look lovely:
Midsummer Posters and Cards:
We also have a handful of fairy certificates which are especially suitable for the summer months. You should be able to see them below:
To make it nice and easy for you to prepare for May Day, we thought we’d make all our relevant printables easy to find by listing them in one post. There are some immediately below and some farther down the page.
What Do People Do on May Day?
May Day is an ancient festival whose roots are lost in the mists of time. As you can probably tell from the printables above, it is often celebrated with flowers. May parades, maypole dancing, May basket making and the crowning of the May Queen are just a few of the activities you can find going on around May 1st.
In general terms, it is about the marking of spring. In some countries, bonfires are lit to symbolise the light bringing the long, dark nights of winter to an end, and in others, people stay up all night on the day before May Day so that they can celebrate the coming of the dawn. In the UK, we have Early May Bank Holiday – which is a three-day weekend – so should you fancy a night of waiting up for the sun to rise, you should have enough time to catch up on sleep before having to go back to work!
What’s in it for the Kids?
Assuming that you either can’t get to or can’t find an organised May Day celebration, there are still lots of traditions you can engage in at home. Decorating your home with May Day flowers might be a nice activity for the children. You could use real flowers and arrange them in different vases or cut out a whole pile of paper flowers and stick them around the house.
Another idea might be to make a paper flower garland:
Or print a few flowery paper baubles:
One of the loveliest May Day traditions for kids to help with is the giving of May baskets. The idea is that you fill baskets with flowers, sweets and/or other presents and leave them on the doorstep of someone you think deserves them – for example, an aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend or babysitter who has been nice to you all year. You don’t have to use a real basket, you can make one out of card like these:
The gifts don’t need to be expensive either – it’s one of those occasions where it’s the thought that counts.
Even More Decorations for May Day:
Of course, another lovely way to decorate is good old-fashioned paper chains… anything with a spring theme. Like these:
Is it really that time of year again already? Yes, indeed. Spring is in the air and Victory in Europe Day is coming up very soon (9 May) so for those of you looking to decorate, we’ve collected our VE Day printables together in this post. All free, of course!
VE Day Posters:
Planning on serving cupcakes? Your tea table could look extra special with some printable cupcake wrappers:
There’s nothing like an treasure hunt over the Easter holidays, especially on Easter Morning. Here’s one from the Easter Bunny, with eight rhyming clues. If you’ve got some small chocolates such as chocolate coins, mini eggs, or even just some small wrapped sweets, we suggest you make it eggstra exciting by putting one with each clue. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!) Or, if you’re looking for a healthy, sugar-free option, you could try sticks of carrot – wrapped of course – you don’t want bits of fluff and dust sticking to them!
What the “treasure” is at the end of the hunt isn’t specified in our clues, so it’s up to you. Easter eggs or other sweets are obviously the most popular, but if you’re looking for other ideas, you could always try Easter crackers or cupcakes or any other treat you think your children might like. If you’ve got a printer, you could always add our Good Egg Award from the Easter Bunny for the winner, too.
What You Need:
A printer for the clues of course, and some scissors to cut them out. This is an indoor game and we have tried to make sure that the clues only include objects (such as a bag or a chair) that exist in any house. You’ll also need some “treasure” to leave with the last clue.
If you’d prefer to avoid printing images, for example if you’re trying to save the colour ink in your printer, the text of our clues is below. You can highlight, copy and print it in black and white.
Hoppity hop! Let’s go, let’s begin… Look for a cupboard, The first clue’s within.
Bouncity bounce! You’re well on your way, The next clue is near A thing you can spray.
Skipity skip! You’re playing for keeps, The next clue is hidden Where somebody sleeps.
Jumpity jump! Then follow this clue, You’ll find what you seek Near something that’s blue.
Quickity quick! Don’t dawdle or lag, The next clue is hiding In some sort of bag.
Floppity flop! If you’re tired, go to bed! But you’ll miss the next clue Which is near something red.
Springity spring! As high as a hare! The last clue is waiting Not far from a chair. Jump up for joy, You’ve got to the end! The treasure is yours, Well done my dear friend.
More Easter Printables
We love Easter and that magical feeling of spring that comes with it, so we’re always adding to out Easter resources. The ones which seem to be most popular so far are our Easter Bunny notes and letter, and our Easter Bunny certificates. For those of you who are Australian, we also have some Easter Bilby printables. They’re all free to print out for personal use.
Welcome to all our St David’s Day printables! We’ve only just started these and are hoping to add to them in future years but in the meantime we hope you and your children enjoy them… and that you have a very happy time on the 1st of March, celebrating the patron saint of Wales.
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.