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
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:
For anyone looking for more lovely summery resources, here are a few of our favourites from around the internet:
Printable Masks – This site has a great collection of masks to keep the kids entertained this summer, or indeed at any other time of year.
Hidden Pictures – This selection of charming pictures with things hidden all over them is great for keeping children busy over the summer. Like hide-and-seek on the page! They can also be coloured in for extra fun.
Hello! For those of you celebrating the 4th of July this year, we thought we’d create a quick post to show you which printables we’ve got on the site that could come in handy. Please find them below.
First up are a few party cones, useful as hats or containers for popcorn, candy and snacks.
Next up are our printable paper baskets. You can put snacks such as candy, popcorn, chips or cookies in them and they’ll make your party table look gorgeous!
Hoping to involve the kids? Why not print them one of these 4th July coloring pages. They’ll add that all-the-family vibe to your celebratory decor.
Best of the Rest
And finally, here are the other printable bits and bobs we think could be of use for your Independence Day decorating endeavours.
It’s always nice to make your own decorations for Independence Day and online printables are a fun way to get started. They’re also great for getting the kids involved. We hope that whether you’re making paper chains, coloring posters in, crafting baskets or hanging up bunting, you have a lovely time and a magical 4th of July.
If you’re planning a barbecue, why not go the whole hog and decorate your garden? It’s a great way to involve the kids and is sure to amuse your guests… decorations are always a good talking point as people mingle. And if you’re not able to have guests, decorations can still help make for some memorable photographs which you can then post on social media and share with your friends. Everyone loves seeing a bit of family creativity!
Here’s what we’ve got in the way of printables to help you:
If you like the tomato and cucumber slices (above) you might also like to make our fruit slices garland, it can look pretty both inside and out.
You might also find these useful:
Or maybe you’re looking for some decorative BBQ-themed notepaper, or a template to write your barbecue menu or invitation on:
We hope you enjoy your garden party or barbecue and that you get good weather!
A few people have asked us whether we have any horse riding certificates and up until now we’ve had to say no. However, we recently created these two which we hope you’ll find useful.
Please Note: To type text onto these certificates, you will need to open them in a good PDF reader such as Adobe’s. If your browser opens them automatically, you may find you cannot type on them, in which case just find the “download” option and save them to your machine.
Blank Horse Riding Certificate Templates
This riding certificate template is an editable PDF, ready for you to type on. It’s completely free for personal use, though if you’re using it on other sites or social media, we do ask that you give a shout out or link. That’s because having lots of people visit our site lets us keep our printables free.
Or you might prefer the template below. There’s lots of room on it for you to add the name of your own stables or other organisation, along with the details of whomever it’s for. Then all you have to do it print it out.
Fabulous flamingos are everywhere these days and are increasingly popular with children as well as grown-ups. With this in mind, we’ve created a rhyming flamingo treasure hunt, fun for all flamingo-loving kids. It can be used for parties or just as a run-around-the-house game on an ordinary afternoon.
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 book or a chair) that exist in any house. You’ll also need some “treasure” to leave with the last clue.
Along with your treasure or prize, you could add a fabulous flamingo certificate for the winner. Obviously, you won’t know who that is until the game takes place, so just make sure you have a pen handy to add the winning child’s name.
If you’d rather not print any images, the text of our clues is below. Just highlight, copy and print.
The prettiest birds To fly through the air Have left their first clue Not far from a chair.
Flamingos like bathing Their feathers so pink, So look for a clue Near a bath or a sink.
When flamingos get tired They rest their soft heads, They’ve left you a clue By somebody’s bed!
Flamingos love sunshine And everything bright! There might be a clue Near some sort of light.
The next one is tough, The flamingos are sure They’ve hidden it well, In the dark of a drawer.
Flamingos are fast, They can fly like a rocket, They’ve dropped the next clue Into somebody’s pocket!
My goodness you’re close, Don’t stop, look, look, look! The flamingos have slid The last clue in a book.
You’ve found it, well done, Give your feathers a shake, What a splendid flamingo You’d certainly make!
More Flamingo Printables
If you’re going the whole hog and throwing a flamingo party, you might find the following resources useful. They’re all free to print out for personal use. We hope you and the children have lots of fantastic flamingo fun.
Flamingo Scrapbook Paper
Finally, we’ve got a couple of pieces of flamingo themed scrapbooking paper below, which might come in useful if you’re making further flamingo resources of your own. For example, they could be helpful if you’re making party place mats. You could also use them as special wrapping paper if you’ve got a flamingo fan in the family.
If you’re looking for more treasure hunts, you might like to check out the ones we’ve created for mermaids and pirates.
For little ones who love fairies, these easy-to-make garlands are a great way to make a fairy party look magical. They also look great in bedrooms… where the fairies can watch over you all night long.
To make this decoration, you will need:
How to Make Your Summer Sky Fairy Garland:
Decide how many fairies you need for your garland, then print them by clicking the fairy pictures below. (Each one will take you to a pdf file of that fairy pendant – three per page.)
Cut around the oval cloudscapes containing the fairies, so that you can fold each one to make a double sided paper pendant. Tip: You might find it easier to fold each pendant over the string/wool before you glue the two halves together, so that you don’t have to thread it through.
Stick the two halves of each pendant together but only glue about half or two thirds of the blank side, leaving a nice wide unglued bit at the top for your string/wool to go through. This makes it much easier to rethread if you want to rearrange anything – you won’t have to fiddle about trying to force your string through a very small space! Finally, you might like to know that when we made ours, we found wool much better than string – it just seemed better at holding each fairy in place.
Hang your magical string of fairies anywhere in your home or garden. Well done! If they’ve turned out anything like ours it was worth the effort – and we hope your children enjoy them. A final tip: once the glue was dry we trimmed each oval to make sure there were no bits of white paper from the other side showing around the edges.