Leapin’ Lizards!

how to make a toy lizard that jumps

Happy leap day everyone!  How are you celebrating leap day?

I am taking full advantage of the extra day to get to all those things done that I have been putting off for the last four years.  Another thing I might do is “take a leap” and step out of my comfort zone a bit.  Not sure how yet.

And after school, we we are making these…

Easy After School Leap Day Craft

preview of free printable lizard craft template

Here is an easy after school project to help you celebrate leap day with your kids.  It’s a leapin’ lizard!  Just click on this hyperlink to print out the PDF template (preferably on card-stock):  leapin’ lizard

After coloring your lizard cut out the shape and fold down the middle to cut the interior curve.

This lizard really leaps!  

Lizard Craft

Just add a fold at the top of the interior curve (at the set of dotted lines) and fold as shown in this picture.

Then let go!

Have fun leaping until your lizard is all leaped out!  Check out the slow motion demo video.

For a fun and easy way to decorate your lizard click here!



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  1. We celebrated leap day by doing eight thousand hours of math that Fen couldn’t understand and that made her parents very crabby indeed. YAY! I may have to make 100 of these lizards tomorrow to recover.

    • Oh boy, they are always changing the way they teach math which makes it hard for parents to help…

  2. Hi— I don’t know if this is still current– but i would love to use this craft at my storytime, I just can’t figure out how to make it leap? TIA!

    • Make sure to print on card stock, line up the internal tab with the tail, support both with one finger on the table and let go. Let me know if this works for you, it does for me :-)

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