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  • Writer's pictureStacy Crouse

Leap Year Activities for Speech Therapy

Looking ahead to the next time leap year rolls around on the calendar? Leap into action by planning a speech therapy session full of leap day-themed activities! No matter your caseload, you can bring the excitement of February 29th to each and every session.

Leap Year Boom Cards for Speech Therapy

One deck, all the goals. This Boom Cards speech therapy resource (get it here on Boom Learning) includes an easy-to-read passage to teach students about leap year, plus multiple coordinating activities.

You're covered for language, articulation, and even pragmatic language goals with this one! It also has a few time-fillers if you need them... trivia, jokes, and more!

Leap Year passage and speech therapy activities Boom Card deck

Leap Day Books for Speech Therapy

Search the following book titles/authors wherever you access digital versions of books (your local library, YouTube, websites, online stores, etc.).

  • Leap's Day by Stephanie Bee Simmons

  • It's My Birthday Finally! A Leap Year Story by Michelle Whitaker Winfrey

  • Leopold's Long Awaited Leap Year Birthday by Dawn Desjardins

  • The Truth About February by Valerie Hanks-Goetz

Leap Day Videos for Speech Therapy

Leap Day Calendar Activity for Speech Therapy

For older students, you can do so much with just a blank calendar. First, print a February calendar (or digitally display one such as this fillable option) and fill it in with various events and activities. This could be snow days, school Valentine's Day activities, or any normal, daily happenings.

Then, target formulating sentences using various verb tenses.

  • Target past tense verbs about what has already occurred throughout the month.

  • Elicit future tense sentences to discuss what's upcoming, including leap year plans. (Ask students how they plan to spend the extra day).

  • Don't forget about the opportunity to address more complex sentence structures such as modal verbs (could, might, would, etc.) as you see fit.

February calendar activity to do in speech therapy for leap year

Tabletop Leap Year Activities for Speech Therapy

If you have any toy frogs, leap day is the perfect time to dust them off and put them to use! For your youngest clients, wind-up toys are literally always a hit. Even if you don't have a frog one, many wind-up toys also jump/leap. And wowza, they elicit a lot of language from kids.

Plastic jumping frogs have always been one of my favorite ways to use cards as stimuli. Just scatter the cards on the table and have the child "jump" the frog to see which card it lands on. Then, use that card to practice whatever skill!

Leaping frogs and speech therapy cards articulation activity

On that note– If you need to freshen up your sessions with some new flash or task cards, don't forget that Boom Card decks can be printed! It's a great way to get even more bang for your digital materials buck.

For older kids that might be too old for toys, make origami frogs! Google "origami frog" to find a picture tutorial (or a video like this from Art for Kids Hub). The directions can be somewhat complex, so this is a great activity for students with higher-level language goals. When finished, students can compete for the frog with the highest or longest jump.

Origami frog activity to use for Leap Year in Speech Therapy

Leap year is a fun topic that can be enjoyed by students of all ages. Leap day is an opportunity to do something unique and special with your speech therapy students. Get even more ideas and ways to incorporate academic subjects into your leap day activities!

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