For every time we have said ‘if only I had an extra day’, comes the once-in-four-years mother bonus leap day! 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?! 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 3 ways to make Leap Day special for your kids.
Do something you’ve been wanting to do for a while –
It doesn’t have to be anything big, but think of something your family has been wanting to do but hasn’t had a chance yet. Maybe go ice skating or go and check out a 3D movie in the theater while everyone else is at school and work.
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. 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! Check out this adorable time capsule we found here.
This 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!
Take a look at these fun Leap Day Activities we found on Pinterest:
5 green and speckled frogs ~ Picklebums
Felt frog bookmark ~ Vixy Blu
Froggy friend lunch ~ This lunch rox
Frog Pond Cookie Cupcakes ~ Baby loving momma
Sticky-tongue frog ~ kids activities blog
Pond Punch ~ Kara’s Party Ideas
Origami Frogs ~ Easy Peasy fun
Foam Cup Frog ~ Crafts by Amanda
Tissue paper Lily Pad ~ Kirtsy
Flip book ~ Teachers Notepad
Time capsule ~ Kids activity blog
Frog match ~A Bohemian Education (Blog is no longer available.)
Leap Year bookmarks~ Activity Village
Eric Carle Frogs ~ Housing a forest
Frog Prince ~ A crafty Morning
Leap day traceable ~ Twisty Noodle
Jumping frogs ~ Free kids crafts
dot to dot ~ Crayola
This is a day that only comes around once in four years – whether you make a big deal out of it or not. I encourage you to do at least one activity with your kids out of the ordinary – make it a day to remember! I’d love to hear what you’re planning on doing with your family.
Happy (or should I say “Hoppy”) Leap Day Everyone! And for those of you with leap year birthdays…may you stay forever young!
I love this collection of tips and all of the fun frog themed activities! What a great way to make the day special for kids!
I definitely think it’s awesome to take advantage of the extra day in the year! I wish it hadn’t been a Monday that had to go on like any other day. It should totally be a day off. 😀
Such cool activities. I’m always on the lookout for different fun activities that I can try out with the kids This looks something the kids will really enjoy and it is so great to connect to a concept of leap day. Great post!
Rose Sahetapy says
Time capsule is quite interesting idea! So many adorable choice of activity, which I believe will be loved by children. My favourite one is 5 been and speckeld frogs.
Rose Sahetapy says
Time capsule is quite interesting idea! So many adorable choice, which is great as a gift..
I have always wanted to make a time capsule, I think I will do one when I have kids! Thanks for sharing this post with us
A time capsule is such a great idea! I have been wanting to do something like this on the kids’ birthdays, fill it with some of their favorite things and their height/weight etc. and open them all when they graduate.
Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt says
What a fun list! I felt like I was very productive on leap day so It was nice!
April G says
This is the second time I’ve seen time capsule on the list, and I had never thought about it before. It’s a really good idea.
These are some really cute ideas for celebrating leap day! It certainly is special coming only once every 4 years! I absolutely love the frog themes!
tp keane says
I thought my day would be spent bored, inside the house with the kids. But the sun is shining and I’m going to take your tips.
jill conyers says
What a wonderful list. My teacher friends would love this. And, mommy friends too.
We had a fun day at our house and made some hand print crafts! The kids thought it was so much fun to have a extra day!
Such cute ideas! I never thought of focusing own the froggies to mark Leap Day! Perfect for kids.
Beeb Ashcroft says
My friend and I were just celebrating today about having an extra day especially since it feels like this year is flying by!
colette @ restyle it wright says
Sadly we didnt do anything special on this day, kudos to you! My daughter 2 days shy of a leap year baby so there was lots of celebrating this weekend! Cute ideas!
I’m loving this extra day today. What really great frog activities to do. So cute!
Haha I love all of the frog activities!!! I’ve always liked the idea of leap day; I’d love to do some of these fun ideas!
What a great mix and compilations of fun things to do with the kids. I am starting out with the time capsule. Genious
Lots of good ideas in the blog hop links. I know it’s only been four years since the last Leap Year but I just don’t even remember it.
Heather @ Kraus House Mom says
These all such great ideas for Leap Day. I’m going to have to decide which ones to do with my kids.
What a fun list of things to do. I love the time capsule idea. Maybe I’ll make my 8th grade students do that so they can open it again on leap year when they are seniors! – Katy
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
I don’t have kids, but perhaps a long nap sounds like a great idea for my ‘extra day’ LOL 🙂
Shannon Gurnee says
These sound like a lot of fun activities to do on Leap Day! Love all the ideas you have!
Bonnie @wemake7 says
What a great idea! Thank you so much for all of these great ideas.
Claudia Krusch says
What a wonderful way to teach, learn, and celebrate Leap Day. These are amazing!!!
Maggie Branch says
I love the idea to make a time capsule! That’s such a cool idea to do for leap year!
Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says
What a wonderful way to teach, learn, and celebrate Leap Day. These are so amazing! I love the idea of a time capsules.
Tori Gabriel says
I love the idea of the time capsule! I need to do this! Just a short video of our family life. It sounds awesome.
These are some wonderful ideas. I never would have thought to do something like this for leap day. I love all the frog crafts. Very creative ideas here.
Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog says
A time capsule is such a great idea! It adds a little bit more of excitement when you put the stipulations of not opening it again until a future date on leap day! It will be fun to see what the kids choose to put inside it! Thank you for the idea!
Chubskulit Rose says
I would love to do a time capsule. The kids would adore that idea.
Rebecca Swenor says
These are all fun ideas for the kids on Leap Day. It is so true that we can give up doing the normal things for one day because Leap day does only come every four years. I love this idea and will have to share with my nieces and sisters. Thanks for sharing the activities as well as the ideas.
We don’t normally do anything special on that day. These sound like fun activities. I’m sure the kids will love this.
Miles L. says
Wow! You have a great list of activities here. I don’t know which one to try first. Thanks for this.
aaronica @ the crunchy mommy says
these are so much fun!!! i just shared this!
Ann Bacciaglia says
I forgot this is a leap year. These are great ideas for things to do with the kids.
Bites for Babies says
I’ve actually been really motivated lately and have been organizing a lot of games and activities for the kids to do at home. This is an awesome list and I’m definitely going to check a lot of these activities out!
Cara (@StylishGeek) says
Yay! What an awesome compilations of things to do on Leap Day! Thanks for sharing. Need to do some of those, after all it only happens once every four years!
All of these are so cute! I never thought about associating leap with frogs.
I love your idea of eating dessert first serve as a Leap Year celebration. Can I do that other days to?
Mimi Green says
Great ideas, I hadn’t given much thought to leap year. Now I want to do something because your ideas are so much fun.My four year old would love this.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I love the time capsule idea! I was actually considering doing that this year with the kids. Great post!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
What a fun list of ideas! It falls on a Monday, so my kids will be in school that day, so it will be business as usual around here 🙂
April Decheine says
Oh wow, that sounds like some fun activities, my kids would of loved this fun filled day! Great round up!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
Mine would love some of these, too! I am going to do some today!
These are such cute ideas! What a fun way to celebrate Leap Day with little ones!
Chris Hoov says
Those are interesting activities on leap day, for sure kids would also love these.
Oh the froggies are super cute. I never thought about celebrating leap day. Absolutely think this is super fun
So fun! I was just talking to my son about what Leap year means. It is hard for them to understand! lol
Miles L. says
These are great activities! I didn’t realize that 2016 is a leap year until you mentioned it. Thanks for these.
These are all great activated to do with kids on Leap Day! Great post!!
My kids think leap year is the weirdest and coolest thing ever. I hadn’t thought to do a frog theme day, but now I am definitely going to have some fun with it!
maria @ closetohome says
What a fun selection of frog i.e. leap year activities. My kids are a little older but will have to throw in a fun activity.
OMG I have to make the oreo pretzel frogs for my BFF for her birthday. She is frog obsessed. She will love them!.
Tiffany (NatureMom) says
I like the concept of doing something super special on a special day. You have given me some great ideas for Leap Day.
Michelle F says
Those are all such cute ideas. I love to celebrate every holiday with my preschooler so this is perfect.
Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest says
These are some really great ideas! I have always thought of Leap Day as just another day, but it really is a good excuse to do something out of the ordinary.
Liz Mays says
These sound like wonderful ideas. I like the time capsule idea. All of the frog crafts and activities look really fun too.
Travel Blogger says
Great ideas! It is such a good idea to find a fun way to celebrate and teach your kids about leap year.
Jenn @EngineerMommy says
My kids love doing fun seasonal crafts and activities. Thanks for sharing so many great kid’s activities. I’ll be referencing this list for sure.
What fun suggestions to make leap day special. I’m going to have our granddaughters the weekend prior and these suggestions are great. I’m thinking the time capsule will be such a hit! Thank you!!!
I’m gonna show this one to my daughter. She has 4 boys and there are so many fun activities to do on leap day!
I completely forgot leap day was coming up! These are all some great ideas, will have to do something fun with my niece and nephew! 🙂
I like the idea of a time capsule. It’s the closest this to time travel and always interesting.
Thanks so much for sharing my Hungry Frogs post! I have another fun one that I posted this week, too! http://teachbesideme.com/leap-frog-math-game/