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3 Engaging Leap Year Activities for Elementary Students

As we leap into a new year, let’s not forget the extra-special phenomenon that graces our calendars every four years – Leap Year! 

This unique occurrence offers a fantastic opportunity to infuse some excitement into our classrooms and turn learning into a leap-tastic adventure. 

If you’re looking for leap year activities for elementary school, you’re in the right place!  I’m sharing three simple, yet educational Leap Year crafts and activities to celebrate Leap Day with your elementary students. 

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Check out these three simple Leap Year activity ideas: 

Activity #1: Leap Frog Crowns

Create adorable Leap Frog Crowns with your elementary students using green construction paper, googly eyes, glue, scissors, and string. Cut a circle for the frog’s face, fold it for the mouth, and add strips for the headband. Let the kids unleash their creativity by decorating with googly eyes and smiles. Assemble the crowns, attach a string, and have a Leap Parade where they can hop around the room, celebrating Leap Year in style!

Activity #2: Leap Year Math Fun

Engage your students in Leap Year Math Fun by providing them with puzzles related to addition, subtraction, or multiplication. You can find ready-made puzzles or create your own. Watch as the kids solve these puzzles to reveal cool Leap Year facts or pictures. Encourage them to share their discoveries with the class, turning math into an enjoyable and educational celebration.

Activity #3: Leap Year Time Capsules

Get your students excited about the passage of time with Leap Year Time Capsules. Have them write letters to their future selves, detailing their current interests, goals, and favorite memories. Using small containers or jars, let the students decorate their time capsules with crayons, markers, and stickers. Seal the capsules, creating a special memento. Explain that these time capsules will be opened in the next Leap Year, fostering anticipation and a meaningful connection to the years ahead. This activity not only celebrates Leap Year but also encourages reflection and creativity in your classroom.

If you’re looking for some simple, ready-made Leap Year activities to celebrate Leap Day or Leap Year with your students, I have you covered! 

Check out my Leap Year 2024 Activities and Crafts resource

leap year activities

This resource is a collection of engaging materials that span reading, writing, and math activities. Plus, there are a couple of delightful crafts thrown in to foster a strong home connection and make learning about Leap Year an exciting adventure!

What is in this Download?

Suggested Lesson Plan

Optional Cover for a Journal

LEAP YEAR EXPLAINED (primary students)

LEAP YEAR EXPLAINED (Intermediate students with Q&A)

Writing Prompts (primary and intermediate lines)

Draw an animal that jumps.

February Calendar (Fill in the numbers, cut and paste the numbers and the regular calendar)

Frog Counting, 1 More and 1 Less

Posters (Leap, Leap Year)

Leap Year Frog Hat

Leap Year Glasses


What are your favorite Leap Year activities to do with your students? Let me know in the comments! 

If you want more fun activities for February, check out my post here for Valentine’s Day activities!

3 Engaging Easter Activities for Your Classroom Easter Party

Easter is rapidly approaching and if you are looking for Easter activities for kids or Easter activities for elementary school, you’re in the right place! 

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How do you make Easter exciting for kids? 

There are so many ways you can make Easter exciting for kids. With bunny or egg-themed Easter activities, Easter worksheets, Easter crafts, and Easter games for kids, the possibilities are endless. 

Additionally, you can have a small Easter party for your elementary students! This gives your kiddos something eggcellent and fun to look forward to and adds a much-needed break for fun and celebration during the day. 

How do you throw an Easter party for kids? 

Simply! Your party doesn’t have to be elaborate to be a blast for your students. Here are some simple but impactful ways to have a fun classroom Easter party. 

Include some Egg-citing Games:

Plan classic activities like an Easter egg hunt, bunny hop races, and “Pin the Tail on the Bunny.” These not only entertain but also promote teamwork and physical activity.

Create a Crafty Corner:

Set up a crafting station for decorating Easter eggs and making bunny masks. Let kids get creative, and display their masterpieces for everyone to enjoy.

Try some Tasty Treats:

Organize a cookie decorating station or a “Build Your Own Bunny Sandwich” corner. Make the preparation part of the fun, and consider healthier options like a fruit kabob station.

What activities do you do during Easter?

There are so many things you can do that your students will love and appreciate. If you’re looking for some easy Easter activities for kindergarten, first, second, or even third grade that are fun and educational, here are some spectacular ideas! 

Bunny Rabbit Mask and Headband Set

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Looking for a simple and easy craft for your party? Try these Bunny Rabbit Mask & Headband crafts. There are two writing papers included too. (intermediate lined and primary)

  • 1 Bunny Mask
  • 1 Bunny Headband
  • 2 Spring Bunny Writing Papers

How to Catch the Easter Bunny Writing Activity

easter activities for kids

Need a good Easter writing activity?  I have you covered with these interactive, editable Google Slides to easily have students copy and paste movable parts to design their own Easter Bunny trap.  Then, they will write a narrative, persuasive, or opinion paper about how they plan to catch the bunny.

Bunny Craft Printables

easter crafts for kids

Need some engaging bunny crafts and writing activities? Try these printables to easily create different bunny crafts! They make great centers and bulletin boards too!

  • 5 Crafts with Photos
  • 4 Spring Writing Papers (Primary and Intermediate Lined
  • Make a Headband, Bunny Candy Bag, Writing Craftivity, or Letter Art

What are your favorite ways to celebrate Easter in elementary? Let me know in the comments! For more Easter fun, check out my post here.

5 Engaging Activities To Celebrate Valentine’s Day In Your Elementary Classroom

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is a great time to sprinkle some love and joy in the classroom. 

Wondering what your little cupids can do to celebrate the holiday? Or maybe you’re looking for ways to make the day extra special for your kiddos? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day activities for students or Valentine’s Day for the classroom, you’re in the right place. 

Valentine's Day activities

What do students do on Valentine’s Day?

There are lots of things you can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little learners. You can spread the love with some cards, create some crafts made with love, share sweet treats with your students, celebrate Friendship, and even share some heartfelt stories. 

How do you make Valentine’s Day fun for kids? Here’s some ideas to get you started!

Themed Dress-Up Day

Add an extra layer of excitement by having a themed dress-up day. Encourage students to wear red, pink, and white, or even dress up as their favorite storybook characters.

Dance Party Extravaganza

Crank up the tunes and let the kiddos boogie down with a dance party. Create a playlist of fun, upbeat songs, and watch as the classroom transforms into a dance floor filled with laughter and joy.

Love Scavenger Hunt

Turn the classroom into a treasure trove of love with a scavenger hunt. Create clues that lead students to various hidden treasures, like small treats or festive decorations. It’s a playful way to keep them engaged and excited.

Heartfelt Games and Activities

Plan a variety of themed games and activities. From “Pin the Arrow on Cupid” to a heart-shaped bean bag toss, there are countless options to keep the kiddos entertained and smiling.

Classroom Decor Galore

Transform your classroom into a love-filled haven with simple decorations. Think heart garlands, cupid cutouts, and splashes of red and pink. A festive atmosphere can do wonders in making the day extra special.

So, there you have it, my fellow teachers! With a sprinkle of creativity and a dash of love, you can make Valentine’s Day a memorable celebration for your elementary students. Here’s to a day filled with joy, laughter, and heartwarming moments in your lovely classroom!

Valentine’s Day Activities and Crafts

Valentine's Day craft for kids

Are you looking for some Valentine’s Day-themed Math and Language Arts printables to help your students to be engaged while learning? I have you covered with these worksheets and engaging activities for K-2 students. Students can sort conversational hearts, graph them, write about friendship, write poems, solve heart themed math problems, make a heart bee, and so much more!

Valentine’s Day Escape Room

Valentine's Day escape room

Looking for an ENGAGING Valentine’s Day activity for your students to help them review sentence structure, counting, and problem-solving? Digital Escapes™ are a fun way to get students to learn without even realizing it. NO Printing and No Prep needed for this digital escape! Super EASY for in-person or Distance Learning.

Digital Valentine’s Day Cards

digital Valentine's Day activity

WOW! You don’t have to miss out on the fun tradition of exchanging Valentine’s Cards this year! These digital Google Slides make it easy for your students to personalize and move editable conversational hearts to give virtually or in person! There is even a name grid provided so students can keep track of who got one and how to spell classmate’s names!

Valentine’s Day Hat and Writing Craft

Looking for a print-and-go activity for your class? Use this Valentine’s Day Heart Hat to engage your students in the celebration of the holiday tradition of the holiday. Writing Prompts on primary and intermediate lined paper are included.

Valentine’s I Spy Activity 

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Want to make sure your students are engaged with writing in February? Check out these hidden Valentine-themed word searches! Students use a magnifying glass to find hidden (small) words on the printable. Then they use the words in their writing. 

Looking for more Valentine’s fun? Check out my post here! 

5 Mother’s Day Craft Ideas for Kids

Mother’s Day is just weeks away and this is the time of year where people everywhere are searching for the perfect homemade Mother’s Day gifts. We all know that nothing says I love you like sweet DIY Mother’s Day gifts from her children. 

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If you are looking for Mother’s Day DIY ideas or some Mother’s Day crafts that your students can easily create with their own two hands, you are in the right spot! When I was in the classroom, I always tried to make sure that students had homemade gifts for mom that they could proudly take home and give to her. 

Here are my favorite Mother’s Day craft and Mother’s Day gift ideas for students

Mother’s Day Lap Book

Mother's day gift ideas

With this craft, students will  color and decorate a special gift for their mom. They can write a letter to mom, draw a picture of the two of them, give them tea, share what they love about her, create Mother’s Day coupons, and more. This gift is sure to be a hit with all moms! 

You can have a Mother’s Day Tea Party and invite all of the moms and caregivers to the classroom for tea and treats. Students will love the opportunity to spend some special time with their moms and the parents are sure to love it too! 

Mother’s Day Coupon Book Craft

homemade Mother's Day gift ideas


Another one of my favorite Mother’s Day craft ideas is this coupon book. It’s perfect if you are looking for something simple, quick, and sure to put a smile on any mom’s face. This Mother’s Day Coupon Book is cute and quick! It looks like a matchbook and makes an adorable keepsake!

Mother’s Day Flower Card Writing Activity

Mother's Day craft ideas

Show moms how loved and appreciated they are with this adorable flower craft! These Mother’s Day printables will allow you to create 3D flowers as a card, craft, or wall display to accompany opinion writing! They make great art centers, small group activities, and bulletin boards! 

Mother’s Day Foldable Card

Mother's Day craft ideas for kids


This sweet craft is a great way for students to express themselves with some Mother’s Day art! They can create a portrait of their mom and decorate it using other art supplies. As a bonus, this card comes with a Father’s Day card as well! 

Digital Mother’s Day Card

DIY Mother's Day gift ideas

Looking for digital Mother’s Day craft ideas or cards? Look no further! This resource is completely digital. Students can create a card for their moms in an easy, mess free way! These Google Slides can be used in person or while distance learning. You can easily add images of mom in! 

I hope you loved these homemade gifts for mom. Students will be so excited to present their moms with something they made on their own. 

Which activity is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! If you are looking for more Mother’s Day activities, check out my post here!