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.
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.
There are many beautiful Tooth Fairy letters out there in the cloud and some of the loveliest ones are very small. Fairy-sized in fact. However, it can be rather fiddly to find a tiny pen (and perhaps your strongest reading glasses!) to write one yourself, so we thought we’d post a couple that are ready-written and free to print out. All you’ll need to make yours is a pair of scissors a dab of glue for the tiny envelope flaps.
So far, we’ve got two letters for a general tooth pick-up and one for a first tooth. Each comes with a matching envelope for a girl or a boy – whichever you want. (They’re all below.) If you’d rather print a normal-sized letter instead, you can still find a range of them on our Tooth Fairy notes page. We’ll be tracking how busy this page is and if it proves popular, we’ll make more miniature letters in the not-to-distant future.
Choose Your Printable Miniature Letter Below:
Just click on the picture of the Tooth Fairy letter you want and you’ll be taken to a PDF file to print and/or download. It’s all free but if you like these and want to support us, come back and see us soon, join our mailing list, or let a friend know. Happy crafting!
If your children speak French, you might also like these tiny letters:
If you’re a bit of a fairy crafting fiend, dipping your tiny Tooth Fairy letter in ultra fine glitter before you put it in the envelope will make it sparkle beautifully when your child takes it out. The glitter won’t stick unless it’s the very fine kind though, like the glitter you see people using for nail art. The best place to find some is probably ebay. Also, beware, it can get everywhere and if you spill it on the carpet you’ll spot the occasional sparkle for months, in spite of your best efforts to vacuum it away. We recommend using it on a tray.
Don’t forget we also have a range of bigger notes, not to mention Tooth Fairy certificates you can print out – for those who find it a bit easier to use something human rather than fairy-sized!
This week we’ve put together two sets of rhyming clues for treasure hunts. One is a pirate theme, the other is for mermaids. They make a great activity for birthday parties or any other family gathering where there are children to entertain.
What You Need:
A printer, obviously, and a pair of scissors. You’ll also have to think of a prize (or “treasure”) you can put at the end of the hunt, with the very last clue. For the pirate treasure hunt, you’ll need an egg to place one of the clues next to, as you’ll see when you read the rhymes.
If you need more help: Scroll down, there are suggestions for hiding each clue lower down.
Just print the clues, cut them out and hide around the house accordingly. (There are PDF buttons underneath each set of clues to make printing extra-easy.)
When planning your treasure hunt, here are some questions to ask yourself and extra ideas for each clue below.
Whole House or Certain Rooms?
If you’re planning this scavenger hunt for a children’s party, you might want to make it clear which rooms they should look in and which are off-limits – just in case you don’t want a million little hands rifling through every cupboard in the house!
Competition or Team Work Game?
You might also want to decide whether your treasure hunt is a competition or not. Does the first person to get to the end get the prize? Or is it about team work? If it’s the former, make it clear that clues must be left where you found them, so that the next player can find them too. If it’s the latter, make sure there’s some “treasure” for everyone at the end.
Tips and Suggestions for Each Verse of Pirate Clues:
Yo ho, me lovelies! Here be a clue: To find the surprise Ye must seek out a shoe!
Just pop the clue into any shoe that the children are likely to find. If you want to make it easier, you could point them to the right room.
Keep on, me hearties! A pirate’s got grit, Ye’ll find the next clue Where ye like to sit.
Place the clue under/on/under the cushion of a chair. It could be a dining chair, armchair, rocking chair and so on.
Well done, me pirates! You’re moving ahead A secret is written Where ye go to bed.
This one’s easy – just hide the clue in a bed. If it’s a party and you don’t want children in every room, make it clear which bedrooms are off-limits.
Now listen up closely Me beauties, me gems, There’s a landlubber watching The next clue’s on them!
You or another adult should hide the next clue about your (or their) person. Perhaps in a pocket or, if you’re joining in the festivities, under the pirate hat you’ve got on!
Not far to the treasure, Me brave sailing folk! The next one’s beside A thing with a yolk.
You’ll need to place the next clue near an egg. Perhaps in the fridge or egg basket? If you don’t have a real egg in the house, you could always draw one, cut it out, pin it to a wall and put the clue beside it.
Fine work buccaneers! Now hark to me fable: There once was a clue Who hid by a table.
Any table will do here – if you’re feeling crafty, tape the clue underneath it rather than leaving it on top.
Well done me shipmates! You’re right on the brink… The last clue is hiding Not far from a sink.
Could be the bathroom or the kitchen – just hide the clue in or near a sink.
Aha so ye found it! I’m piraty-proud, A toast to yer cunning And courage out loud!
The “treasure” should be left with this clue. It can be anything – chocolate, sweets, a toy. Might be a nice touch to make it a piraty gift, arrr! If this treasure hunt wasn’t a competition, make sure there are enough goodies for everyone. You could always include one of ourpirate certificatesat the end for whoever got there first. This one, for anHonorary Pirateone would be a good fit:
Tips and Suggestions for Each Verse of Mermaid Clues:
Follow the clues For treasures galore! Swim that way dear mermaids, The first’s on a door.
Pick any door in your house and stick/pin the next clue to it. If you want to make it harder, you could choose a less obvious door, such as the door to a wardrobe… or even a cat door!
Hark to me, merfolk, Crustaceans and fish! The next clue is hiding Inside a dish.
Pop the next clue inside a dish, any dish you know the children will find. Might be best not to choose a valuable one though, in case it gets broken.
Well done, now another…. If you’re in a rush I’ll tell you a secret: It’s near a hairbrush.
Hide the clue near a hairbrush. If the children don’t know where to look, you could always point them towards the correct room.
The next place is strange It’s a manmade machine And the clue is not far From its sparkly bright screen.
This “manmade machine” with a “sparkly bright screen” could be a TV, a laptop, a desktop, or even a tablet. (In theory, it could even be a phone but that might be hard for them to guess.) Hide the next clue near whichever device you have in your house – we always use the TV.
Nice work, lovely creatures, But now understand: A grown-up is hiding A clue in their hand!!!
This could be you or one of the other grown-up friends/parents. Give them the clue before the game starts and tell them fold it up small and hide it in a fist. Pick someone who doesn’t mind having their hand prised open by small fingers!
Now you must swim To and fro, here and there, To find a clue waiting Under a chair.
Any chair in the house will do for the next clue. You could hide it under the chair’s cushion, under the chair itself, or tape it to the back of the chair.
The hunt’s nearly over, You’ve swum many knots, Now look in a room Full of saucepans and pots!
Clearly, the next clue needs to be hidden in the kitchen. You can make finding it as easy or as difficult as you like.
Hooray little merfolk, Here is your prize. You are not only pretty But clever and wise!
This is the last clue so some kind of mermaid treasure should be left here. Sweets/candy is probably the most obvious prize – you could also add one of our free mermaid certificates. The one below would be an easy choice because it doesn’t require you to add a child’s name. (Obviously, if it’s a competition you couldn’t add a name in advance because you wouldn’t know which child was going to get to the end first!):
Attribution: All pirate and mermaid rhymes in the clues above were written by Leone Annabella Betts and have been reproduced on this site with her blessing.
Looking for More Pirate Party Ideas?
From around the internet, we like these:
Make a Pirate’s Treasure Map – This is a great idea for a pirate’s party activity. Just watch the BBC (CBeebies) video then get the children at your party making maps of their own.
Make a Pirate Treasure Chest – If you’ve got a bit of preparation time, this print and craft treasure chest from Tim’s Printables might prove useful. You make one for each guest, pop a couple of sweets inside and put it on the party table.