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Schoolwork Achievement Certificates

We’ve had a lot of requests for achievement certificates for schoolwork this month, possibly to help encourage children to keep up with their children during lockdown.  If you’re a parent helping with your child’s learning, well done, you’re doing a great job and our thoughts are with you.

We’ll add to these printable certificates over the next few days, but here’s what we’ve got so far:

Our Award from the Council of Dragons is always popular too!

Printable children's certificate saying you've been as clever as a dragon.
Clever as a Dragon

You might also like these school-themed resources:

Rainbow Posters

Are you looking to show your support for the NHS or other key workers?  Great!  It’s lovely to see rainbows popping up in windows all over the UK, appreciating just how precious all our health workers are.  Here’s our little contribution – a collection of rainbow posters for children to print and colour in:

By the way, we think it’s really nice of you to think of others during this difficult time.  Your kindness is far more magical than anything we do on this site.

If you have a key worker among your friends or family, why not colour in a poster just for them? We’ve tried to include as many as we could think of, and there’s one you can fill in yourself if we’ve missed someone.

Looking for plain rainbow colouring without any writing? These are two of our favourites?

And here are two final posters which are key to that all-important message to stay home if you can:

Dydd Gwyl Dewi – St David’s Day

Croeso i popeth ar gyfer Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant!

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.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus i chi a’ch plant! x

 

 

 

 

Messages from the Easter Bunny

Hello and welcome to a post where we’ve added together all our best messages from the Easter Bunny.  (If you’re Australian you might want our Easter Bilby resources instead.)  Whether notes, letters or certificates, we bet your little one would love to hear from the most magical rabbit in the world this year.

Along with the little messages and certificates above, one of our favourite Easter resources is this full-length letter from the Easter Bunny.  It’s a lovely thing for a child to find with the eggs on Easter Morning… adds a sprinkle of magic to the this holiday occasion.

Looking for some blank Easter notepaper?  Try these:

 

Make a Miniature Tooth Fairy Letter

Miniature Tooth Fairy and matching envelope for a child's 1st ToothThere 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.

Photograph of a miniature Tooth Fairy letter being held in someone's hand.
Miniature Tooth Fairy Letter

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:

 

Top Tip:

Fairy dust or ultra fine glitter, good for crafting, being blown out of a woman's hands.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.

A miniature Tooth Fairy letter with a matching envelope for a little girl.
Miniature Tooth Fairy Letter for a Young Lady

Larger Notes

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!

Two Treasure Hunts – Pirates and Mermaids

Pirate and Mermaid Treasure Hunt Clues
Pirate and Mermaid Treasure Hunt Clues

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.)

Pirate Treasure Hunt Clues:
Printable Pirate Treasure Hunt
Printable Pirate Treasure Hunt
GET CLUES AS PDF
Mermaid Treasure Hunt Clues:
Mermaid Treasure Hunt
Mermaid Treasure Hunt
GET CLUES AS PDF

 

Further Help: 

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 our pirate certificates at the end for whoever got there first.  This one, for an Honorary Pirate one would be a good fit:

Printable Pirate Certificate: Honorary Pirate
Honorary Pirate Certificate
(No name needed)

 

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!):

Mermaid Certificate: Mermaid Friend (No name needed)
Mermaid Friend (No name needed)

 

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.

Buccaneer Eye Patches – Authentic looking eye patches to print out from Real Classroom Ideas.

Please note that we’re not responsible for the content on these pages or the upkeep of their websites. 

On our site, you might like these:

Printable Pirate Certificates – All sorts of certificates for young pirates.  You can watch a video about making one here.

Pirate Cupcake Wrappers – Do pirates eat cupcakes?  Who knows?  But if they do, they’d be decorated with their own piraty wrappers.