Leap Day Activities: Make Leap Year Special For Your Kids and preschool-aged children. Create memorable crafts, activities and ideas.
For some people, Leap Day just means another day in the office, another day of the kids in school, and nothing too out of the ordinary. But it is out of the ordinary (of a typical year, that is)! You have a whole extra day to have fun, do something you normally don’t do, and come on, who doesn’t love another reason to celebrate?!
Leap Year Ideas
For leap year, we suggest you get froggy and hop on these fun activities, make it an opposites day of sorts by having dessert first, create some fun art projects from this full list of ideas and enjoy this day, it won’t happen for another four years! Here are 5 ways to make Leap Day special for your kids.
This is a day that comes once every four years, so why not turn it into a memorable day – create fun with your kids so they look back and remember that day mom was silly and talked about frogs! It’s a special day, so make it special by doing things you don’t normally do. Having a fun day at home with mom, dad, or both of you, will leave a memorable impact on your kids.
Do something you’ve been wanting to do for a while –
It doesn’t have to be anything big, no need to plan a trip to Disney World; but think of something your family has been wanting to do but hasn’t had a chance yet. Maybe go to the zoo. See a 3D movie in the theater while everyone else is at school and work. Go on a scavenger hunt.
Go out to eat and order dessert first –
When was the last time you let your kids have dessert first? Ever? That’s the fun of Leap Day! Live a little! Grab lunch out and let the kids have a sweet treat before their meal. It’s a day that comes around only once every four years, having dessert first should be okay that often.
Make a time capsule –
A lot can change over the course of four years. With kids – think of how much they’ll grow and their personalities will continue to evolve. So use this special day as a way to memorialize your family in this moment with a Time Capsule for Kids. Fill out fun little surveys about your kids favorite color, movie, toy, what they like to do, what they hope happens before the next leap year, etc. Get the kids to draw pictures to put in the time capsule. Be sure to take a picture of everyone or better yet, make a little home movie. Put the pictures, all the papers, a thumb drive with the family movie, and anything else you can in your capsule, and seal it up until the next Leap Day!
Introduce your kids to Leap Day with a little help from Pinterest –
Actually, it’s help coming from bloggers out there that are all celebrating Leap Day as well – Pinterest is just a great way to find the stuff! By searching for leap day activities, you’ll find everything from stories and poems explaining what Leap Day / Year is, games to play, activities to do, printable coloring and activity pages, and plenty of frog themed Leap Day games!
Leap Day Activities
Take a look at these fun Leap Day Activities we found on Pinterest:
- Frog Pond Cookie Cups from Baby Loving Mama
- Leap Year Time Capsule from My Sister’s Suitcase
- Leap Year Party from Grey Grey Designs
- Plastic Egg Frogs from Crafty Morning
- Frog Watermelon from Glamourita
- Frog Paper Bag Puppet from Cooking with Ruthie
- Leap Year Origami Frog Invites from Inka Blinka
- Frog Foot Print (show age growth every 4 years) (Source no longer available)
- FREE Leap Year Printables from CreativDdee Workshop
- Origami Frogs from Easy Peasy and Fun
- Frog Sandwiches from Sand and Table (No longer available but ideas HERE, HERE, and HERE.)
- Tissue Paper Lily Pads from Kirtsy
Leap Day is special, so why not plan some out-of-the-ordinary fun with your kiddos. Skip your normal day-to-day routine, and use this extra day to make memories with your family! What are your plans for February 29th? I’d love to hear what you’re planning on doing with your family for Leap Day.
Post originally posted 2/4/2016 and updated 12/27/2019.
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